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Background

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 Linden.

Linden Pilot Project Streets

As a part of the city’s Slow Streets effort in Linden, and to support safer traffic flow when the new Linden Community Center and Park opens later this year, the Department of Public Service is conducting a pilot project that has converted these streets from one-way to two-way:

Myrtle Ave (Dresden to Cleveland)

Briarwood Ave (Hamilton to Greenwich)

Republic Ave (Hamilton to Cleveland)

Loretta Ave (Hamilton to Cleveland)

During the three-month pilot, data detection devices will collect speed and volume data to analyze and compare to data collected during the initial phase of the Slow Streets study.

We want to hear from residents during the street conversions pilot. Share your comments using one of these options:

  • Click here
  • Email SlowStreets@columbus.gov
  • Call the 311 Service Center at 614-645-3111 (select "Slow Streets Linden Pilot" service request type)

 Informational Flyer - Slow Streets Linden Park Pilot

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