If you commute from Worthington or Beechwold into downtown via the Olentangy Bike Path you've probably noticed the closure due to construction on the pedestrian bridge just south of Antrim Park. Using its usual bit of expertise, the city has routed all the traffic for the trail out onto Olentangy River Road between the park and Henderson Road.
If you've been on Olentangy River Road between Antrim Park and Henderson, you know what a rotten idea this is. There are people flying on and off 315, people who are trying to use ORR instead of getting on 315 at all, and of course no one is in a good mood because they're driving.
According to the city, they expect to fix the problem of cyclists being forced onto Olentangy by building a temporary trail around the construction.
My question: why wasn't this done before construction ever started? If there was work being done on High Street, or Morse Road, etc., there would have been proper detours set up before work ever started. But in this case, since it's just a bike trail and therefore just a recreational thing, it wasn't necessary.
This is why the city's so-called "Green Plan" as the mayor put it in his State of the City address is doomed to failure: they still consider bikes to be recreational instead of actual transportation.
Perhaps part of the problem is that the trail is managed by Parks and Recreation, when it should actually be part of the city's Transportation Department. Of course, that assumes that the Department knows how to handle bike traffic.
Yeah, we have a long way to go here in Cowtown...