There’s a meeting tonight at MORPC to comment on a draft of a bicycle level-of-service (LOS) map for the Columbus region. LOS is a concept in the Highway Capacity Manual used by many departments of transportation to design roadways to minimize traffic delays. Recently, there has been work on bicycle LOS and multi-modal LOS as a way of providing adequate facilities for all roadways users, not just cars.
Cycling map a safety guide
County’s roads graded for biking suitability; public input sought
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 3:15 AM
By Dean Narciso
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
The head of a bicycle-advocacy group thinks a new color-coded map will shepherd more bicyclists onto Franklin County’s safest streets.
Jeff Stephens, director of Consider Biking, said Columbus has a lot of work to do to become a cycling utopia, where kids pedal to school, families ride in lines down streets and bicycle commuters are common.
“We know when you put more cyclists on the road, it becomes safer for the cyclists,” he said.
The public can review a draft of the map from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission offices, 111 Liberty St.
The bicycle-suitability map grades the county’s major streets based on a cyclist’s experience: Green is safe for all skill levels; yellow is moderately safe; and red is for only the most experienced cyclists. The free map will be available in May.
“One of our hopes from the cycling community is to identify some of the better routes along the many corridors so that we can drive more cyclists to the safer roads,” Stephens said.
MORPC, the city of Columbus, the county engineer, the Central Ohio Transit Authority and Consider Biking collaborated on the project.
A computer model determined safety based on traffic and truck volume, speed limits, pavement quality and lane width. Several dozen cyclists of all skill levels also rode many of the streets.
You can see Adobe (.PDF) drafts of the bike LOS map at Car Less Ohio. The regional map is divided into a north section and a south section. The map key is on the south section. I think it looks great.