It’s another way Columbia is just getting better – the ‘multi-use pathway’ crossing over Route 29 at the pedestrian bridge now connects Howard County General Hospital on the west side of Columbia and Blandair Park on the east. That’s something that has been missing. Whether it’s a student on break from Howard Community College heading toward some downtime at The Mall or an octogenarian putting a few miles on the Segway, the path is a great way for folks to get out and about and move through downtown.
Columbia has always had its bike paths, a vast network of trails adding footsteps away outside activity just for the community and its quality of life and state of well being. This new and enhanced section of path — it is ten feet wide with a five foot buffer, landscaped and lit with waysides for moments of respite — provides a pleasant and stress-free way to travel through downtown and across the two sides of town. It is now called the Downtown Columbia Trail.
Construction, which happened in phases over the last few years, started centrally at Symphony Woods. This first central section became instantly popular once it was completed. Now it connects in either direction to its east and west extremities and is even more popular, shine or rain. Eventually, with the revitalizing development of downtown Columbia, a second multi-use pathway will branch off it, guiding pedestrians into the Merriweather District and the future heart of this place we call home.