In 2018, Bicycling magazine named Columbia one of the “Best Bike Cities in America” with a rank of 46, up one spot from last year. The magazine “hit the streets and talked to local advocates, officials and everyday riders” while considering more than 100 cities for this designation.
“We have a very engaged biking and nonmotorized transportation community,” Director of Columbia Public Works David Nichols said. “It’s nice to be recognized for the countless hours our City’s staff, citizens and leadership have dedicated to building new infrastructure with a ‘complete streets’ approach through a Vision Zero lens. Funding will always be a challenge, but whether your mode of transportation is by foot, bus, car, wheelchair, or bicycle, it’s our immediate and long-term goal to make every street safe and accessible.”
Columbia has been able to make significant progress in its complete streets approach in no small part to the Capital Improvement Sales tax approved by Columbia voters as well as local, state, and federal partnerships and grants. In 2006, the GetAbout Columbia program was launched with a $22.4 million grant from the National Highway Administration. Funding was renewed in 2012 with $5.9 million. This funding has been used for numerous streets, bridges, trails, crosswalks, pedestrian signals, sidewalks, bike lanes and bike-friendly pedways.
- Using a Bike Boulevard
- MKT-to-Parkade Bike Boulevard Location Map
- MKT-to-Parkade Bike Boulevard Project Page
Health & Safety
- Providence at Forest Avenue Signalized Crosswalk
- Hawk Signals
- Online map of all Columbia signalized pedestrian crossings – coming soon
Signs & Pavement Markings
Parking & Racks
- Downtown Bike Parking
- Parking on Mixed-Use Streets
- Go COMO buses have bike racks
- Bike Rack Cost-Share program for local businesses