The Clintonville Area Commission wants to see you and your family on two wheels.
The next meeting of the CAC will feature a presentation on a proposal that would encourage families to take to their bicycles together and safely arrive at destinations throughout the neighborhood.
The session is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St.
Chairwoman Libby Wetherholt said she has invited Will Koehler of the Clintonville Neighborhood Greenways project to speak at the gathering.
Koehler said the program to identify a network of streets in Clintonville where people who are walking or riding their bikes are given priority began three years ago and uses Urban Infrastructure Recovery Fund money. Others involved in Clintonville Neighborhood Greenways from the inception include Alex Smith, Emily Monnig, Mike Anderson and Brian Laliberte, according to the website for the project.
Evidence of the project could show up around Clintonville in the form of "sharrows" (painted on roads to remind drivers that cyclists may share the street), as well as signs and other changes to make roads more bike-friendly.
"We think it's finally getting ready to happen," Wetherholt said. "It's mostly signage. It really doesn't involve any changes, per se. It's kind of a celebration and way of getting around Clintonville with a family without a car."
Koehler said he was inspired by a vacation to Portland, Oregon, several years ago with his wife and 5-year-old daughter, neither of them "hardcore" cyclists, in which they used that city's greenways streets.
"We were able to get all over the city of Portland," Koehler said. "We went to the zoo and museums, went to an amusement park, shopping, and we could do it all safely and conveniently from the greenways."
Since launching the concept with Urban Infrastructure Recovery Fund money, Koehler said the Clintonville group has been working with city planners and engineers to implement it in the neighborhood. The original timeframe for that to happen was 2019, but Koehler said he's confident that could be moved up to next year.
"We think we'll be able to get public service to bump it up in their priority list," he added. "We're not building curbs or anything difficult or expensive."
"These slower, quieter streets create safe routes to bike and walk around Clintonville without using High Street or Indianola (Avenue)," according to the website. "This encourages more people to bike and walk to work, to shop, to socialize and to just have fun.
"Neighborhood Greenways are designed to feel safe for people of all ages and abilities."