City of Columbia Public Space Public Life Survey
Mar 29, 2019

The City of Columbia is seeking volunteers on Saturday, March 30 to help conduct our annual Public Space Public Life Survey throughout downtown Columbia. Tracking how we use our public space can be a fascinating experience, and provides valuable data to City planners and parties interested in promoting a more walkable, bikable and livable downtown. Surveyors will count pedestrians and cyclists at one location for four hours; training for the counts is brief, and is provided by City staff. 

Public space is what connects the people and places in our cities and neighborhoods together. A high quality public realm that supports vibrant public life is critical to making downtown and nearby neighborhoods inviting places to live, work and play. The City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (BPAC) and the City of Columbia are partnering to lead an ethnographic architectural analysis of selected public spaces. The analysis, which includes the study of people in their natural environments, will be conducted using a Public Space Public Life Survey format developed during the 2015 Gehl Studio study of Columbia’s downtown. 

The survey will help us better understand who uses the area’s public spaces – streets and sidewalks included – and how they use them. A greater understanding of people’s behavior, as well as new data, will help to influence people-oriented planning and policy that inspires creative, people-first designs in Columbia’s public spaces. 

WHAT: City of Columbia Public Space Public Life Survey 

WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 9:00am - 9:00pm 

WHERE: Select locations in downtown Columbia 

WHO: Open to the public 

To sign up, visit If you have questions regarding the Public Space Public Life Survey, contact Planning and Development Services Department at 803-545-3222. For information on the City’s Public Space Public Life Action Plan, visit