PedNet Continues to Plan
PedNet wants to change human behavior. It wants to get more people out of their gas guzzling cars and make it easier for them to use human power. The first step is organizing the infrastructure to support this change.
"We have the lines on the maps, now we need to find out how feasible they are, what the problems are, so we can take more back to the public to show them what we're doing and ask what do you think," PedNet Project Manager Ted Curtis said.
The group identified pedestrian problem areas like the pedestrian bridge near Douglass High School.
"The Douglass overpass is not only a safety issue getting across there, it's also aesthetics, it's visibility, it could tie in a whole neighborhood to the Douglass Park and make it a lot safer for people with kids to get there rather than trying to corss Providence which is really a busy street," Curtis explained.
One of the main reasons people don't use the overpass is because of its lack of accessibility. Right now pedestrians have to go through Douglass High School to even get on the bridge. PedNet wants to add ramps or build a new bridge and become a city leading the country in reducing car traffic.
Once projects are approved, bidding for engineering contractors will begin, followed by construction on Columbia's streets and trails.