Columbia Association Plans
The Columbia Association maintains 94 miles of multi-use pathways that connect residents to amenities including lakes, parks, tot lots, basketball and tennis courts; all part of over 3,600 acres of open space that have been preserved as a permanent asset for the community. Bridge Columbia believes it is important to build on Columbia's world-class network of pedestrian paths as Columbia moves forward, and the proposed bus, bike, and pedestrian bridge does just that.
Bridge Columbia's vision is in line with important Columbia Association goals dealing with connecting Columbia, energy management, and transportation. Check out the Columbia Association resources below that relate to the vision of Bridge Columbia.
"Balanced Transportation System. Increased connectivity in and around Columbia is important to serve the community’s diverse resident and employee populations. Investments in transportation should focus on systems that connect people of all ages with the places and activities they need to reach. Investments should also expand safety for all users, including drivers, transit riders, pedestrians, and cyclists. Columbia’s signature pathway system should continue to be enhanced."
-- excerpt from Columbia Association Guiding Principles for the 21st Century
Goals listed in the Columbia Association Strategic Plan
"Goals: Promote recreation, health, wellness and social connectivity... Enhance the connectivity, walkability and bikeability of Columbia... Strengthen partnerships with Villages to ensure programs and services are well aligned, effective and efficient."
-- excerpt from Columbia Association Strategic Plan
Survey results of ways to encourage people to use Columbia's pathways more frequently from the Columbia Association Active Transportation Agenda; with 16% of the total suggestions, establishing "paths that connect directly to places" was the most popular response
"Significant gaps and barriers exist within the existing pathway network. To create a more connected network, a number of improvements are recommended, including short connections between existing paths, longer pathway connections through utility corridors or natural areas, improvements to roadway crossings and connections across existing natural and man-made barriers. "
-- excerpt from Columbia Association Active Transportation Agenda