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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Connecting Columbia's biking and walking path system

If you use the path system in Columba you might be interested in attending one of the two open house events that the  Columbia Association (CA) will host to kick off its Connecting Columbia project on January 10th and 11th. The goal of Connecting Columbia is to create an active transportation action agenda that will result in a more interconnected bicycling and walking circulation system for health, recreation and transportation purposes. The open houses will be held on Tuesday, January 10, at the Owen Brown Community Center, located at 6800 Cradlerock Way; and Wednesday, January 11, at Slayton House, located at 10400 CrossFox Lane. Both meetings will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and will feature the same content. A brief presentation introducing the project team and describing the project, goals and objectives will occur at approximately 8 p.m. Community members are encouraged to stop by any time during the open house to learn about the project and to suggest ideas to improve walking and bicycling in Columbia, especially improvements to CA’s 93.5-mile pathway system. Before and after the presentation, there will be several “stations” for residents to make suggestions and recommendations.

In October, CA awarded the contract for the active transportation action agenda project to Toole Design Group, a nationally-recognized planning and engineering firm specializing in bicycle and pedestrian planning and design. A 16-member citizens’ task force has also been formed to provide guidance to CA and consultants as they work to create an active transportation action agenda. The project is anticipated to be completed by June 2012. For more information about this project, visit
Registration for the open house is appreciated, but not required. Register online at For questions about the open houses, contact


Jane Dembner said...

Thanks for posting this Duane. We look forward to seeing interested community members at these open houses. Registration is appreciated by not required. Please visit

Karen Lynn said...

Did you know that CA owns a 50-foot-transit right-of-way that connects all the villages? I would love to see a transit/walking/biking bridge that connects Town Center to Oakland Mills, then connects to that right-of-way as a walkable urban core. If you're interested, check out It outlines a terrific plan.

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