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Sidewalk meeting: Is downtown Columbia, KY a walkable city?
Troy Hearn, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator with the KY Transportation Cabinet, helps Columbia Sidewalks get some answers with Walkability Study as more and more join the community to Get Moving for a Healthier, More Prosperous Adair County.
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By Linda Waggener
How walkable is Columbia?
Troy Hearn, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator with the Division of Planning, KY Transportation Cabinet, asked that question at a Columbia sidewalks meeting Thursday, July 13, 2017.
The primary aim of the meeting with over a dozen local leaders was to discuss liabilities and gather data by doing a walkability audit of city sidewalks.
Two teams walked and recorded notes for future action.
He recommended continuing to meet, educate and partner with local government, community to develop plans for what is desired by the public and why. He said to work on one project at a time.
One of the most concerning statistics speaker Hearn announced was that downtown Columbia has had only one accident reported in the last 12 years which everyone knew to be incorrect. Hearn said that means either accidents are not being reported, or if they are, the reports contain no injury mention.
Questions on the survey included: (1) Did you have room to walk? (2) Was it easy to cross the streets? (3) Did drivers behave well? (4) Could you follow safety rules? (5) Was your walk pleasant?
The next sidewalk meeting will be announced in advance so that anyone wishing to become involved in planning may attend.
This story was posted on 2017-07-13 23:49:34
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