An open and public input process is critically important to Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Columbus City Council and the city of Columbus.

To the Editor:

An open and public input process is critically important to Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Columbus City Council and the city of Columbus.

That is why we must clarify your May 31 story (Petition calls for path on south side of road) about the state Route 161 shared-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists, proposed to be located between Linworth and Sawmill roads.

Your reporter writes that engineers have not studied the route along the south side of state Route 161, which some residents and business owners favor.

This is not accurate.

Project engineers have studied route options on the north and south sides of state Route 161 in extensive detail.

That information has been shared publicly at two advisory work group meetings, in one-on-one meetings with stakeholders, and posted online.

We understand safety is a concern. The safety of bicyclists and pedestrians is exactly why we initiated this project.

Our staff comes to work each day dedicated to improving safety and livability for Columbus residents.

There are always trade-offs, however, and this project demonstrates how challenging it can be to navigate them.

There is additional technical analysis to be completed that will answer in more detail questions raised by property owners, area residents and business own- ers.

We ask for patience while we work through that process.

We encourage your readers to look at the analysis and presentation materials to date at: publicservice.columbus.gov/ SR161SUP/, and to send any comments to Public Involvement Lead Marie Keister at mkeister@engagepublicaffairs. com.

Mark Kelsey
Columbus public service director