Columbia Gets More Paths for Pedals
COLUMBIA - More money is on the way to give Columbia bikers more paths, and it may also improve existing paths. There are only a couple of main roads with bike paths in East Columbia.
That's where you could see some additional paths. Columbia may be getting an estimated six million in federal dollars for improvements and additional biking and walking paths.
The Federal Highway Administration hasn't disclosed the exact amount of money it will grant Columbia. When it does, that money will be disbursed over two years.
Local groups that want to see more bike and pedestrian friendly paths in Columbia say East Columbia needs additional bike paths.
Major East Columbia roads, Stadium Boulevard and Broadway currently have bike paths.
Grant money may go to add new paths in the area.
Columbia received 22 million dollars during the past four years as one of four cities chosen for a non-motorized pilot program.
That program gives federal funding for projects that promote biking, walking and alternative forms of transportation.The possible six million would be in addition to the existing funds.
The city of Columbia will report results of the effectiveness of the program to the Federal Highway Administration in 2011.