Coffee with a Cop is June 14th

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, officers from the Columbia Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend the event from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Panera Bread inside the Columbia Mall located at 2300 Bernadette Drive.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Columbia’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Bike Marking Survey

Columbia Public Works is asking the public to view experimental bike pavement markings at four Columbia intersections and then take an online survey.

The experimental bike markings are currently located on the northbound and southbound approaches of Garth and Broadway, Garth and Worley, West Boulevard and Worley, and West Boulevard and Broadway.

The survey is available on the Public Works website at www.como.gov/publicworks/biking as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Public Works is working in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) who produces the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) to test the effectiveness of the markings.

“Feedback from the survey will be provided to the FHWA and if successful could be included in future editions of the MUTCD manual,” said Traffic Engineer Lee White. “They were previously tested in a bicycle simulator at the University of Missouri-Columbia’s ZouSim testing lab in 2015.”

All public agencies and owners of private roads open to public travel rely on the MUTCD to bring uniformity to the roadway.

The survey will close on July 5, 2017. If you have special needs or do not have electronic access to the survey, please contact Ted Curtis at (573) 489-8853.

Any bike pavement markings added to Columbia intersections as a result of this survey would be paid for through the Federal Highway Administration’s Non-Motorized Transportation grant that Columbia received in 2012 known as Getabout Columbia.

Mayor’s Task Force on Pedestrian Safety finishes work

The Mayor’s Task Force on Pedestrian Safety was created by a City Council resolution on May 18, 2015. Its formation was a response to a number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries resulting from collisions with motor vehicles in Columbia in late 2014 and early 2015. The mission of the Task Force was to provide recommendations to the Council to improve pedestrian safety overall and ultimately decreasing the number of pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions.

After their initial meeting in June 2015, the Task Force held monthly meetings through February 2016, and had four meetings in March to finalize their work. The Task Force focused on the goal of Vision Zero (zero pedestrian injuries or fatalities) and on the areas of engineering, education, and enforcement.

We were pleased to participate in this process, particularly given the considerable obstacles to safe pedestrian access here on The Loop.

As of March 25, 2016, the Task Force has completed their work and assembled their final report to the City Council. This final report will be on the City Council agenda for the meeting of Monday, April 4, 2016. The Council agenda will be available online on Friday, April 1, 2016 at:

https://www.gocolumbiamo.com/Council/Commissions/meetings.php?bcid=56

Please contact Mitch Skov, Senior Planner, Community Development Department, at 573-874-7243 for more information.

Community dialogue on local violence on Jan. 25

A fourth community dialogue has been scheduled to discuss local violence. The first discussion was held on Oct. 28, which followed the Community Violence Task Force status update at a City Council meeting. Additional meetings were held on Nov. 18 and Dec. 11. The task force has worked with many people, agencies and organizations to take actions towards reducing violence in Columbia.

The dialogue will be an open forum for discussion of the Community Violence Task Force recommendations and the progress of facilitating those recommendations. The dialogue will be held on Monday, Jan. 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway.

The Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence was created on Aug. 5, 2013. Since then, the task force examined research and data, learned from local organizations and experts and listened to the public to create the recommendations. The recommendations were submitted to Council on Nov. 17, 2014. The Council requested an update and received the status at the Oct. 19, 2015 meeting.

The community dialogue was initiated by Council members Ian Thomas, Mike Trapp and Laura Nauser. Trapp and Nauser were on the Community Violence Task Force.