The Hilltop area may not be known as the best part of town to walk around in, but at least they’re working on making it a bit safer:
Hilltop may see mobility improvements
(by Whitney Wilson Coy, Westside Editor – September 08, 2007)
A hot topic around Columbus this summer is sidewalks and pedestrian safety, and the Hilltop area isn’t one to be left behind.
Terry Stewart, a representative from the City of Columbus Transportation Division, visited the Greater Hilltop Area Commission on Sept. 4 to discuss a possible method for getting effective changes to the area.
Stewart explained that until recently, when a call was made to the City of Columbus to complain of reckless driving or speeding vehicles in a certain area of town, that problem was often remedied with a traffic calming element, such as speed humps.
According to Stewart, this is simply “chasing the problem” because residents from neighboring streets call in to report the undesirable traffic has relocated to their street.
In an attempt to find a larger scale solution, the City of Columbus Department of Transportation has identified 25 “traffic communities.”
These communities will each be able to receive assistance from the transportation department in the form of a Community Mobility Plan.
This is a plan that looks at the needs of pedestrians and drivers, and finds long term solutions for the problems of both. They address speeds of vehicles, as well as pedestrian needs such as crosswalks, sidewalks and bicyclist needs.
“It is our goal to make this a walkable community for everyone,” said Stewart. “Then you won’t need a motorized vehicle. You can feel safe to walk down the street, even if you are young, disabled, or whatever.”