Top 15 Bike/Ped Projects for 2018

After looking back at the wins (and losses) from 2017, we wanted to provide a list of opportunities for the year ahead. While it’s tempting to create a list that includes “Open the K&I Bridge” and “Two-way all the one-way roads”, we wanted to focus on attainable projects for this year.

What we came up with was a list of 15 suggested projects — each of which could be implemented this year based on existing funding resources and a realistic amount of political will on the part of our city leaders. Each is a project that we at B4L believe would be a truly safe, convenient facility for people on foot and on bike, as we continue to try to build a network of viable multimodal travel options for the people of Louisville.

To share these 15 project suggestions, we have situated them on a StoryMap — complete with pictures, maps, example facilities, and diagrams:

View our StoryMap with 15 suggestions for 2018.

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2017 Year in Review

Hello, 2018! As we move into the new year, we wanted to look back on the past year and share with you some of our biggest advocacy victories.

Advocacy Wins

Without a doubt, the most substantial projects we had a hand in this year were three road diets:

In each case, a four lane road was trimmed to three, adding a middle turning lane and buffered bike lanes on the sides. Road diets are great for traffic calming and for improving safety for all road users — drivers, bikers, and pedestrians — and each of these projects is a nice step forward in the city’s efforts to implement better “complete street” road design.

Despite the similarities in the projects, our advocacy efforts for each were very different. We began pushing for the Lexington Rd project in 2013, along with a number of other groups, and nearly four years later (after countless public meetings, delays, and internal debates within Metro), the project finally hit the road this fall. Continue reading “2017 Year in Review”

Suggestions for a More Walkable, Bikeable Bardstown Road

On Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m., District 8 Council Member Brandon Coan and Develop Louisville will host a public meeting at Highlands Community Ministries (1228 E. Breckinridge Street) to discuss safety improvements for the Bardstown Road corridor between Broadway and the Watterson Expressway (I-264).

In announcing the Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue Safety Study last month, Coan said, “My goal is to eliminate fatalities and severe injuries on Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue. That means reducing driver confusion, speeding and conflict between motorized and non-motorized users. It ought to be safe to cross the street in the Highlands, and this study with help make that a reality.”

Because Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue are designated as state roadways, the state Transportation Cabinet will be consulted about recommended improvements. Input will also be solicited from TARC on opportunities to improve transit access and amenities, and PARC will be consulted to provide input on parking considerations. Recommendations for improvements in the study area will be presented for public comment spring 2018, and a final report with recommendations is anticipated in fall 2018.

As part of Insider Louisville’s Streets for People series, Bicycling for Louisville director Chris Glasser offers a series of suggestions for improving the walkability, bikeability, and overall safety of the roadway in the form of a StoryMap.

We invite you to review his proposals, to take Metro Government’s Bardstown Road survey, and to respond with your ideas in the form below to tell us how you think the corridor could be improved to meet the goals for study.

View the StoryMap.