CA Kicks Off Connecting Columbia Active Transportation Project with Open Houses

Community encouraged to attend and share ideas to create a more connected bicycling and walking system in Columbia

The Columbia Association (CA) will host two open houses to kick off its Connecting Columbia project. The goal of Connecting Columbia is to create an active transportation action agenda that will result in a more interconnected bicycling and walking circulation system for health, recreation and transportation purposes. The open houses will be held on Tuesday, January 10, at the Owen Brown Community Center, located at 6800 Cradlerock Way; and Wednesday, January 11, at Slayton House, located at 10400 Cross Fox Lane. Both meetings will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and will feature the same content. A brief presentation introducing the project team and describing the project, goals and objectives will occur at approximately 8 p.m. Community members are encouraged to stop by any time during the open house to learn about the project and to suggest ideas to improve walking and bicycling in Columbia, especially improvements to CA’s 93.5-mile pathway system. Before and after the presentation, there will be several “stations” for residents to make suggestions and recommendations.

In October, CA awarded the contract for the active transportation action agenda project to Toole Design Group, a nationally-recognized planning and engineering firm specializing in bicycle and pedestrian planning and design. A 16-member citizens’ task force has also been formed to provide guidance to CA and consultants as they work to create an active transportation action agenda. The project is anticipated to be completed by June 2012. For more information about this project, visit

Registration for the open house is appreciated, but not required. Register online at For questions about the open houses, please contact Scott Templin at 410-715-3166 or For media resources, visit Follow the conversation about this event at #ConnectingColumbia.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Kelly Cooper

10221 Wincopin Circle



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