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Columbus residents share opinions on alternative transportation in the city

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The Columbus Planning Department is asking for the public's help to determine the need for alternative transportation in the city.

About a dozen Columbus residents gathered Monday night for a round table discussion. Among the group was Big Dog Running Company co-owner, Reggie Luther.

"I think we've got a good start, with the Riverwalk, the Fall Line Trace, places to run. If we can get those connected it will make it even better, it makes it a more attractive community to live in as well," said Luther.

Other residents also suggested expanded parking at local parks, but all agreed safety should be a priority.

"We want to get out running and encourage runners but we want it to be safe. There's a lot of parts of the city that is unsafe to run right now," added Luther.

The group came armed with suggestions for improvements.

"A lot of the things we heard tonight are reasonable requests, in terms of providing lighting, safety, things of those nature. Providing restroom facilities," explained Rick Jones, the head of Columbus' Planning Department.

He said the idea of the open forums was exactly that, to take an inventory of what citizens want.

"That should give us an idea, some direction if you want on how alternative transportation should be developed in this community," said Jones.

Jones added that the next step is to accumulate all the feedback he has gotten, come back and present the findings, before making any concrete plans. The option of adding bike lanes to some city roads came up; another meeting is expected at the end of the summer.

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

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