Are you among the many that think, “if they would just listen to me, the world would be a better place”? Perhaps you are at the wheel during rush hour and muse that the improvements you would make could ease your commute. In a fantastic turn of events, “they” actually want to know what you think.
The City of Columbus is asking residents to weigh in with their ideas about transportation as the city moves into the future. Connect Columbus, the city’s long-range transportation planning effort, wants to know what you think about the future of Columbus streets, bus routes, sidewalks, bike paths, crosswalks and more. Do you think Columbus should have light rail? They want to hear your thoughts. Street cars - good or bad? Let them know. Connect Columbus will formulate a blueprint to guide the next two decades of transportation.
Four Connect Columbus design workshops are planned to accept public input. You can meet with planners and designers to share your ideas. Design sessions are open to the public, and you can attend for as little or long as your schedule permits. The first was held on Monday, April 27. The remaining workshops will be held on Tuesday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, April 29, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Thursday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a closing presentation from 6 - 7 p.m. All workshops will be held at Haydocy Automotive’s Community Room at 3895 West Broad Street.
Connect Columbus will also be out and about in the city to talk to the public at COTA Park & Ride lots, lunch hot-spots, festivals and more. Or keep an eye out for the Connect Columbus Plan Van, which will motor to locations and events throughout the city, like farmers markets, Columbus Commons, coffee shops, food trucks and other spots. If none of those options works for you, visit their website to offer your thoughts.
You know you’ve got something important to share. Don’t miss your chance.