Columbus Council on Tuesday approved operation hours and rules for the Rails-to-Trails project despite complaints the city didn't keep a promise to keep users off the path at night.
An ordinance establishing rules for the 11-mile trail from downtown Columbus to Psalmond Road was approved by an 8-2 vote. Councilors Berry "Skip" Henderson and Mike Baker opposed the ordinance because residents expressed during public hearings that they didn't want trail users behind their homes at night.
A week ago, council left in tact a requirement to keep the trail open from dusk to dawn. Bike riders and some councilors opposed the time because it wouldn't allow people to ride after work. Using the time that's already set for other city parks, council agreed Tuesday to set the trail hours from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
"I think it's in the best interest of the city and residents to have this open longer," said Ben Pike, a retired physician and bike rider who supported the longer hours.