The City of Columbia is developing a Climate Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for a changing climate.
PedNet has been serving on the Task Force developing this plan for the last year and a half. Why?
Transportation accounts for 27% of Columbia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
To reduce transportation emissions, Columbia must provide alternatives to driving by making walking, biking, and public transit safe and convenient.
The Climate Plan recommends aggressive actions to improve conditions for walking, biking, and transit, such as:
1. Prioritize safety and convenience of walking, biking, and riding transit
- Prioritize transportation funding for Vision Zero engineering improvement projects to create safe streets
- Revise street design standards that prioritize people walking, biking, and riding transit while also accommodating vehicles.
2. Build a thriving public transit system
3. Create a bikeable community
- Build and maintain a network of on-street protected bike lanes on streets with speed limits above 30 mph
4. Create a walkable community
- Accelerate building sidewalks, crosswalks, and other walking infrastructure
- Install universal design accessibility features at crossing locations to ensure the crossing is accessible for everyone
5. Shift land use patterns to shorten trips and reduce the need to drive
If adopted by City Council, the Climate Plan will serve as an unprecedented roadmap towards building a walkable, bikeable, and transit-strong community.