GetAbout Columbia is an exciting opportunity for everyone in our community to think differently about how we get about town, and experience the benefits and enjoyment of walking and biking.
Whether it’s a quick stroll to your lunch destination, a short bike ride to the store, a daily commute to the office, or a weekend journey on the trail with friends or family, GetAbout Columbia is for you.
In 2006, Columbia, Missouri was selected as one of four communities in the nation to participate in the Federal Highway Administration’s Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot program.
Columbia’s designation as a pilot city came with $22.4 million in federal funds over a four-year period to help build infrastructure and establish national standards for public awareness and willingness to use active modes of transportation. In 2012, the Federal Highway Administration extended the highway bill to include an additional $5.9 million to each of the four pilot communities.
A federally commissioned study conducted between September 2006 and January 2007 indicates 88 percent of Columbia residents primarily make trips by auto. An additional 8.6 percent walk as a primary means of transportation and 1.5 percent ride bicycles. For more study information visit the Federal Highway Administration’s website.
To see what’s going on in the other three pilot cities, follow these links:
Columbians are justifiably proud of their walking and biking infrastructure and GetAbout Columbia is making it even better!
Through additions and improvements to our network of walking and biking opportunities, GetAbout Columbia is increasing the choices for safe and fun travel around town. More than 125 miles of new bikeways, pedways and sidewalks are in the works including:
- On-street striped bike lanes
- New bike routes
- Multi-use paths and trails
- Hundreds of new bicycle parking spots in the downtown area
- Cost share program with local businesses to create new bicycle parking.
The infrastructure plan also includes improved signage to heighten visibility of trail access points and connections, and street intersection enhancements. City staff will be planning and coordinating infrastructure improvements over the next few years.
GetAbout Columbia has improved our community to help people think differently about how we get around town. Go ahead—see where GetAbout Columbia will take you, your family and our community!