Columbia approves Shepard-Rollins Trail, key link in 30-mile Columbia Trail Loop | columbiamissourian.com

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Two trails have been proposed, one by the Public Works Department and the other by the Parks and Recreation Department. The trails would not only connect the east Columbia neighborhoods with the city center, but they would also fill a gap in a 30-mile loop of trails around Columbia that the city is working to complete.

One motivation for the trail is to get people out of their cars and either walking or biking. City officials say there are no trail options for people living in the area. And the Go COMO bus route serving Old 63 between Stadium Boulevard and Broadway was eliminated last year.

The city hired TranSystem, an engineering and architectural planning company, in 2015 to determine the best trail routes. It produced four options for the City Council to consider. On Monday night, an ordinance that would approve moving forward on options 1 and 3 is up for a council vote.

MoBikeFed comment: Columbia City has now approved the trail, which has been under development for several years and was a key priority of the PedNet Coalition.

As the article makes clear, the trail connection was controversial thanks to long-term opposition by a few local residents.

The trail connection was absolutely vital to the completion of the 30-mile Columbia Trail Loop and for creating safe bike/ped connectivity in the area.

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