Columbia's bike/ped friendly street standards finally approved

An article in today's Columbia Daily Tribune tells about the final city council vote approving Columbia's new street standards:

The biggest change motorists will see is that newly built residential roads will be 4 feet narrower but still allow parking on both sides of the street. That means vehicles that are 6 feet wide will have less wiggle room when two cars approach from opposite directions. . . .

While travel lanes on wider, busier streets would remain mostly the same width, their rights of way would widen in some cases to allow more room for wider sidewalks and for 8- to 10-foot pedways. Options allow for narrower traffic lanes if bicycle lanes are added.

The Columbia street standards issue has previously been covered on MoBikeFed News here, here, here, and here. Columbia's PedNet Coalition represented bicycle and pedestrian interests in the negotiations.

These standards make Columbia among the first Missouri cities to adopt a comprehensive Complete Streets policy officially adopted by the city council.