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Work to Start on Bike-Friendly Improvements in Clintonville

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Work is scheduled to start soon on a long-planned set of improvements designed to encourage biking in Clintonville. New markings will be painted on certain streets and new signs will be installed, with the goal of establishing a bike-friendly network that will connect a variety of destinations in the neighborhood.

“This project is intended to offer low-stress biking options throughout Clintonville so that people of all ages and abilities feel comfortable riding,” said Jennifer Gallagher, Director of the city’s Department of Public Service, in a press release.

Now called the Clintonville Neighborhood Bikeways project, the plan was first floated by resident Will Koehler, who set up a group called Clintonville Neighborhood Greenways to advocate for and promote the idea back in 2015.

Although he lamented that the final package of improvements was “a step down from what the city was planning a few years ago,” Koehler said that “it’s a start, and hopefully will be a foundation on which we can continue to make incremental improvements – like adding side paths in strategic locations and improving safety of busy road crossings.”

Funded by the city’s Urban Infrastructure Renewal Fund program (UIRF), the project was endorsed by the Clintonville Area Commission after the group gathered input from residents and other area stakeholders.

“We are very happy that the City of Columbus is partnering with our neighborhood on investments in facilities so that those traveling in around the neighborhood can view biking as a safe, green, low-cost and healthy means of travel,” said Libby Wetherholt, chair of the Clintonville Area Commission.

A similar package of  improvements could be brought to additional neighborhoods in the future, according to a statement from the Department of Public Service.

For more information, see www.clintonvillegreenways.org.

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