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Reimagining 13th Street

gehl_13thA more attractive place for cars AND walkers AND cyclists?
A place for business to once again thrive?
A safer, more enjoyable trip and destination for all?

We invite you to test the possibilities and help gather data.

Citizen Survey Form 


May 11-27, A Complete Street Conversion Test

Big orange barrels redefine 13th Street from 5th Avenue to 13th Avenue.  (Barrels may not be beautiful, but they are big and bold.) An eastbound and westbound traffic lane will be removed to test whether 13th Street and the viaduct can sustain bike lanes, on-street parking and wider sidewalks. The goal is to create a more attractive, interesting and active connection between MidTown and Uptown; to reinvigorate business in the area; and to allow car traffic to move steadily yet more calmly. It’s an opportunity to slow down and enjoy the ride or walk.

Traffic flow is constrained by intersections.  Slower speeds provide greater capacity and safety than high speed streets.

John Anderson, co-founder, Incremental Development Alliance

I would like to see my workers get off work, walk home and ENJOY the walk.
            John Anker, President, Ankerpak

If we are going to bring retail back, we need to generate some on-street parking again.

Trey Carmack, 13th Street stakeholder
Commercial division manager, Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate

The aim of this two-week demonstration, initiated by Midtown Inc. and being executed by the city with the blessing of GDOT, is to test the feasibility of a westward expansion of our recently completed Minimum Grid complete streets project.

Alex Laffey, Traffic Engineer, CCG
on the May 11-27 Complete Street Conversion Test

With the planned resurfacing of Spur 22, we have been given a once in a decade opportunity to test: Can traffic still flow, while citizens stroll, bicycles roll, and shoppers park…on the very same street? This test/demonstration can help us create a connection between MidTown and Uptown that we ALL enjoy and travel with pride, a connection that is also a catalyst for economic development that helps reactivate underutilized properties along the way.


MinimumGrid, connecting

Check out the May 11-21 program schedule HERE



Window murals help us see new possibilities.


More thoughts…

Don’t own a bike?
10 Ways Bicycle-Friendly Streets are Good for People Who Don’t Ride Bicycles
Like to drive fast on city streets?
Band-Aid or coffin? An illustration of traffic speed and pedestrian safety
Defining the Worst Type of Street Design
More about the Complete Street Conversion Test:
Efforts continue to improve MidTown, part of city’s heart and soul, January 18, 2018, Tony Adams, Ledger-Enquirer
City to test lane closures on 13th Street, May 5, 2017, Tony Adams, Ledger-Enquirer
Two Week Pilot Lets Columbus, GA Test Road Diet as Part of Bigger Plan, May 9, 2017, by Stephen Miller for Streetsblog USA

3 responses to “Reimagining 13th Street”

  1. As a planner, I am very pleased to see this good work taking place. Infill in this corridor will happen if the pedestrian is taken into consideration in creative streetscape planning and way finding.

    The building blocks for Midtown are here — Midtown possesses significant historic building stock that can easily be manipulated into storefronts and potentially live-work spaces. Community parks, the museum, and proximity to the Chattahoochee River exist and are being connected. Midtown Inc. is leading the wain securing these connections in what will be a legacy for not only the surrounding community but Columbus as a whole.

  2. Bob Garrard says:

    the section of 13th st between 10th & 13th avenues is NOT conducive to reduction to 3 lanes. And 13th st area from 10th to 13th avenues is NO Scarborough Fair. Know your realistic prospective market. Not your speculative market. And a little paint, upkeep & some gratis parking out front is no panacea for a stable rental future.

  3. Tom Queen says:

    I went across the bridge a few times during the test cycle. I would prefer using 13 foot travel lanes with 10 foot pedestrian/bike lanes. I did see back up occurring from west bound 13th Avenue to 10th Avenue. The time of day was after noon. The tapers also lacked a lot to be desired. Overall it was a good test and yesterday I was disappointed that the barrels were gone. I was going to use my bike then.

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