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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.


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Sidewalk meeting: Larry Keltner and Dean Adams



2017-07-14 - Columbia Adair County Chamber of Commerce building, Burkesville Street - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Larry Keltner, at left, who walks six miles every day around the college, was greeted by Dean Adams, Lindsey Wilson College vice president, at the Sidewalk meeting July 13, 2017. - LW.

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Sidewalk meeting: Chief Edwin Taylor and Troy Hearn



2017-07-14 - Columbia Adair County Chamber of Commerce building, Burkesville Street - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Retired Columbia Chief of Police Edwin Taylor, at right, is a member of the Sidewalk Committee. He sat by Troy Hearn, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator with the KY Division of Planning Transportation Cabinet, who spent time assessing downtown sidewalk conditions. - LW

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Sidewalk meeting: Barry and Mary Anne Loy



2017-07-14 - Columbia Adair County Chamber of Commerce building, Burkesville Street - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Key Columbia sidewalk users and researchers for improvement, Barry & Mary Anne Loy, played their parts on one of the two teams conducting a walkability survey of downtown. Their task was to view the sidewalks from the perspective of someone in a wheelchair. The problem was sidewalk safety on this Jamestown Street corner of the square -- a motorist could have trouble seeing someone in a wheelchair around the trash bin, flower box and multiple signs. - LINDA

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Sidewalk meeting: team looking for challenges to walkers



2017-07-14 - Columbia Adair County Chamber of Commerce building, Burkesville Street - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Two teams walked and recorded notes for future action. The first to take off from the Chamber of Commerce toward the public square included, from left: Jelaine Harlow, Sabrina Merrick, Ellen Zornes, Lee Ann Jessie and her niece and nephew, Bailey Reynolds and Will Reynolds (playing the part of a child requiring the use of a wheelchair). The team found several dangerous challenges and concluded that everything is very different when one has to view downtown Columbia from the perspective of the disabled.

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Sidewalk Meeting: Pam Hoots introduces speaker from KTC



2017-07-15 - Columbia Adair County Chamber of Commerce building, Burkesville Street - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
City Council member Pam Hoots introduced the guest speaker Troy Hearn, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator with the Division of Planning, KY Transportation Cabinet. She organized the meeting with the primary aim of accomplishing a walkability audit of city sidewalks.

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