Columbus is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to encouraging cycling. The Share The Road Columbus program is designed to encourage cyclists and drivers to coexist in peaceful harmony, without injury or cursing. The initial part of the program will focus on North High Street as it runs from Nationwide Boulevard at the north edge of downtown, past the Short North, the OSU campus area, and Clintonville up to Morse Road at the northern edge of the city. According to Columbus Underground, the City is committed to spending $10 million to paint street markings, create signs, and put up bike racks to encourage cycling as an alternative mode of transportation.
I am all in favor of encouraging cycling, and I think the $10 million is money well spent. Columbus already has a good network of bike paths that allow fitness-conscious commuters to ride their bikes from nearby suburbs like Grandview and Upper Arlington to downtown. Richard has explored some of the bike paths, including one that runs alongside the Olentangy River. Why not become even more of a bike-friendly city and encourage some exercise in the process?