The intersection of Livingston Avenue and Parsons Avenue has recently seen a major overall as part of the new Nationwide Children's Hospital expansion. According to the website:
"[The expansion of the Nationwide Campus] is a big fucking deal."Just kidding, they didn't say that, but it does seem like they are saying the expansion will change the world just like the PPACA (Obamacare). Regardless, as part of the expansion Columbus has done infrastructure improvements which include bricked intersections, bike lanes, and pedestrian median refuges. Here is the extent of the new bike lanes:
The red lines are the new bike lanes and it is approximately 1/2 mile of of bike lanes. This is what you'll see at the terminal end of the bike lanes:
And from the other side you can better see how it's an instant merge:
Well, maybe you can't see that it's an instant merge because of slightly terrible photography skills. Here's a better example of instant merges at the terminal west end of the Livingston Avenue Bike Lane:
If you continue on your path, you would bike into a storm water catch basin. Note that there is a sign just behind me when I took this picture which says "Bike Lane Ending" so there is some warning.
Here's a crazy picture where you can more-or-less see the entire length of bike lane:
It ends at the traffic light. The length is around 700 feet. You're probably wondering if there is a bigger plan to it all. Well, yes. From the Columbus Bicentennial Bikeways Plan, this is what will eventually happen:
The yellow highlight is the intersection we're talking about. The blue means the plan calls for bike lanes and the purple calls for bike boulevards of sorts. The red is shared road paths which likely means sharrows. Obviously, this small area will make more sense when they start repaving the rest of the roads although I assume that the northern portion of Parsons won't be completed until after the I-70/I-71 "Split Fix" is done.
One last bonus picture. What's a pedestrian median refuge? They are medians which pedestrians use to cross half of the street at a time. They're really nice and the ones on Livingston/Parson are great:
Cool people-walking-on-a-busy-New-York-City-simulation video of the day: