Speeding on residential streets negatively impacts City of
Columbus residents and neighborhoods. All residents, pedestrians and roadway
users have a right to safely use the city’s transportation network.
A review of 311 service requests found clusters of traffic
calming requests for one-way residential streets, especially in the Linden and
Hilltop neighborhoods. A review of existing speed data showed higher speeding rates
on one-way streets in these neighborhoods. The findings, along with a
recommendation from the One Linden Plan, initiated the Slow Streets Study to
consider converting one-way streets to two-way streets, also known as yield
streets. This study will also review other potential tools for traffic calming.
What is a Yield Street?
A yield, or courtesy, street is a two-way
residential street that is 22 to 28 feet wide with parking. Drivers must yield
to each other to pass. This yield condition can slow speeds. Yield streets are
a common residential street configuration throughout the City, including in
How to Drive on a Yield
Street? Click Here (coming soon)
Slow Streets Linden Implementation
Building on the success of our Slow Streets Linden Pilot
project to slow traffic speeds on residential streets, we will be expanding
Slow Streets and converting the remainder of one-way streets in Linden to
two-way Yield Streets. In addition, more than 30 new
and upgraded crosswalks will be installed throughout the neighborhood to
support pedestrian safety.
These safety improvements will begin in early August 2021 and be completed
by October 2021. The project schedule, street
list and crosswalk locations can be found by visiting https://bit.ly/SlowStreetsCbus.
Following implementation, the
Department of Public Service will continue to
collect data to assess vehicle speeds and conduct field observations. During
this period we encourage residents to submit feedback using one of the
Slow Streets Linden Park Pilot Project
September of 2020, the City launched the Slow Streets Linde Park Pilot project.
This project converted four streets in the North Linden area near the newly
constructed Linden Opportunity Center. The streets converted were:
- Myrtle Ave (Dresden to Cleveland)
- Briarwood Ave (Hamilton to Greenwich)
- Republic Ave (Hamilton to Cleveland)
- Loretta Ave (Hamilton to Cleveland)
The pilot project ran for a three month period, officially ending in
December of 2020. Results from this project showed that changing the streets to
two-way traffic positively influenced driver behavior and lowered overall average
Slow Streets Hilltop Pilot
Building on the success of the Linden Pilot Project, three streets
in the Hilltop will be converted in June of 2021. The three streets to be
- S. Harris Ave (Sullivant Ave to Eakin Rd)
- S. Warren Ave (Sullivant Ave to Eakin Rd)
- S. Ogden Ave (Sullivant Ave to Eakin Rd)
We want to hear from residents during the street conversion pilot.
Share your comments using one of these options:
Linden Pilot Project Information Flyer
Hilltop Pilot Project Mailer
Linden Pilot Project Final Report
Slow Streets Study
Appendix, Slow Streets Study