It is now even easier than ever for Columbia residents to enjoy the community’s signature 93.5-mile pathway system.
That’s because Columbia Association (CA) is introducing two new tools for pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists: a smartphone app for iPhone and Android users; and pathway signage, the first of which has been installed between Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake.
The smartphone app is free and can be downloaded at ColumbiaAssociation.org/CAPath or by searching your app store for “CA Pathways.” Its map shows pathways, sidewalks, tunnels, playgrounds and tot lots, parks, playing fields, wooded areas, CA facilities, buildings and even golf course fairways.
“Columbia was designed to be a walkable community, to have people walk from homes to village centers and pools. This is a way that we hope will get the community out there and more active,” said Valerie Barnard, CA’s director of sales and marketing.
The digital app, developed at a cost of about $35,000, will help reduce the number of paper maps that CA has made available for years. It also promotes CA amenities and services and provides information about CA facilities, including their history and phone numbers. The app will be updated quarterly, and community members are welcome to provide feedback online at Solutions.ColumbiaAssociation.org.
Meanwhile, 15 signs have been installed between the north side of Wilde Lake and the Downtown Lakefront Plaza at Lake Kittamaqundi, a pilot project that is part of the recommendations put forth by the Connecting Columbia Active Transportation Action Agenda. These signs indicate direction and distance between key points and destinations. The pilot project cost $7,400 for the signs and other materials, and $4,600 for design work and design guidelines that can be used in future phases.
“These signs will encourage people to walk a little farther and to walk more often, all while having comfort in knowing exactly where they are and how to get where they want to go,” said Jan Clark, landscape architect and project manager with CA’s Bureau of Community Building and Sustainability.
More signs will be installed over time in other sections of CA’s pathway system.
“People can use the pathways to bike or walk to visit their friends, to go shopping and to enjoy Columbia’s open space, in addition to using them for exercise,” Clark said. “We hope that people will find these signs easy to read and easy to use without them being overly intrusive on their outdoor experience.”
The community is invited to provide comments and feedback as CA plans for additional pathway signs by sending an email to Jan.Clark@ColumbiaAssociation.org.
About Columbia Association
Columbia Association (CA) is a nonprofit service corporation that manages Columbia, MD, a master planned community that is home to approximately 100,000 people and several thousand businesses. Additional information about CA is available at ColumbiaAssociation.org.