How do Clintonville Neighborhood Greenways make it safer for people to bike and walk in the neighborhood?
Safety is created through a combination of infrastructure and cooperation between all road users. By using streets with low traffic speed and volume, adding treatments as needed to keep traffic speed and volume low, and raising awareness through signs, branding, public education, and road markings, Neighborhood Greenways create a slow street environment that is safe for everyone.
What neighborhood destinations do Clintonville Neighborhood Greenways connect to?
- Schools: Indianola K-8, Clinton Elementary, Calumet Christian, Whetstone High School, School for Young Children, Our Lady of Peace, Indian Springs Elementary, Dominion Middle School, Colerain Elementary, Columbus North International.
- Whetstone Complex: Library, Recreation Center, Park of Roses, soccer and ball fields
- High Street shopping and restaurants
- Clintonville Farmers Market
- Multiple connection points to the Olentangy Trail
Isn't the Olentangy Trail enough?
The Olentangy Trail is great, but it's not practical for short trips within Clintonville. We need a network of safe roads that connect all of Clintonville so people can bike and walk to nearby destinations.
Why do we want more people biking and walking in Clintonville?
With more people biking and walking there are more opportunities for social encounters where neighbors can meet and interact. This makes the neighborhood safer and more pleasant for everyone. Giving people more transportation options also reduces traffic and parking problems, and increases patronage of local businesses.
How will this project be funded?
The first phase of the Neighborhood Greenways project will be funded with Urban Infrastructure Renewal Funds (UIRF). These funds are allocated by the city for neighborhood improvements that have been identified and prioritized by residents of the neighborhood. This project (formerly called the "North South Bike Connector") was identified in the 2009 Clintonville Neighborhood Plan and approved by the City and Clintonville Area Commission.
Why should people biking and walking have priority on these streets?
People biking and walking are the most vulnerable road users and they need to be given priority on neighborhood roads to ensure everyone's safety.
My street is already safe. Why do we need to do anything?
While some people feel safe on the streets as they are, many people, especially those with younger children, don't feel the roads are safe enough for biking and walking.
How many people are going to be biking on my street?
We don't anticipate any more bike traffic on Neighborhood Greenways than current volume of car traffic.
Will I still be able to drive on my street?
The Neighborhood Greenways are a shared network of streets. You will always be able to drive on the streets. In later phases, traffic diverters may be used to discourage cut-through traffic.
Will the speed limit change on my street?
There are no plans to change speed limits in Phase 1. Long-term, lowering the speed limit to 20mph on Neighborhood Greenways may be considered. This will not happen without community dialogue and would require a special exemption from the city.
Will I still be able to park on my street?
There are no plans to limit parking on Neighborhood Greenways.
Will it be confusing for people to navigate the street with new rules and signs?
There will be no new rules for people driving to follow. We anticipate way-finding signs to mark the route and sharrows to raise awareness of shared use roads.
Will the Neighborhood Greenways affect neighborhood safety?
Because this is a network of streets within Clintonville, the Neighborhood Greenways will primarily be used by families that live in the neighborhood. By creating more "eyes on the street" and a slower street environment, neighborhood greenways result in more awareness and community connections that are shown to improve safety and reduce crime.
Will the Neighborhood Greenways be like the Milton Bike Boulevard?
Milton is a through route with many types of people, including some that are riding fast to get a workout and not respecting the quiet nature of neighborhood streets. By contrast, The Neighborhood Greenways will primarily be used by families that live in the neighborhood who are riding to local destinations like restaurants, shopping, and parks.