Buses: Hat-tip to lifeontwowheels who posted about the upcoming COTA meeting on CU. The Dispatch also had an article. Meetings Wednesday and Thursday are your chance to give input on January service changes. Wednesday’s meeting is 12 noon – 1 PM downtown at the Rhodes Office Tower. Thursday’s is 6 PM – 7 PM at the Linden Transit Center at “4 corners.” (COTA Press Release with service details)
Bikes (and sidewalks): Another hat-tip to lifeontwowheels who posted about the Columbus City Council meeting about bikes. Thursday’s meeting is at 5:30 PM at City Council. (This actually doesn’t conflict with the COTA meeting.)
Columbus City Council member Maryellen O’Shaughnessy will convene a meeting to discuss the proposed new bike laws. The code proposal would bring Columbus bike law into compliance with the recently adopted Bicentennial Bikeways Plan and the Ohio Revised Code. The new draft law should be available online December 1 at www.columbuscitycouncil.org.
City Engineer Randall J. Bowman will present the new law and interested citizens may offer testimony. Speaker slips will be accepted the day of the hearing at city hall’s Front Street security desk. Parking for bikes is available at the entrance to the building and free parking for cars is available after 5:00 PM in the city hall surface lot at Front/Gay Streets. (From an emailed announcement.)
The full 61 page PDF has all the legislative details.
The purpose of this legislation is to lay a foundation for the development of policy, rules and regulations pertaining to sidewalks and bikeways… This legislation is expected to result in more sidewalks and bicycle facilities to be completed in the city of Columbus. (Source for both the PDF and this quote)
And regardless of what you think about ODOT’s plans for the I-70/71 split, you should heed their advice for snow and ice…
Drivers who don’t remember to take it slow on ice and snow are six times more likely to get into a crash compared to nonwinter-weather drivers,” an ODOT official said. “More than 5,000 crashes last year were blamed on drivers going too fast for the conditions on the road. (Source)
Be careful out there everybody! </PSA> And let us know what happens, good, bad, or informative, if you go to any of these meetings.