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Session 57 - Southern Success Stories - Lexington, KY

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  • 1. A Bicycle-Friendly Community Lexington’s Story by Kenzie Gleason (and all the other people in Lexington who are making IT happen) Photo: Boyd Shearer
  • 2. A Bicycle-Friendly Community Lexington: Lexington’s Story “Horse Capital of the World” Central Kentucky / Population 85 Sq miles Urban Bluegrass Region 300,000 Total 285 Sq miles
  • 3. Central Kentucky is known for … Lexington: “Horse Capital of the World” Horse Farms Keeneland Urban Growth Boundary (1958) Merged Govt (1970’s)
  • 4. Central Kentucky is known for…
  • 5. Central Kentucky is known for…
  • 6. Central Kentucky is known for… Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 2009 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30%
  • 7. Central Kentucky is known for…???
  • 8. How did we get here?
  • 9. Slow beginnings… • Decades old bike route/lanes • Projects struggling to get off ground • Greenway Master Plan adopted • Road Diet implemented • Bike/Ped Coordinator position created
  • 10. Some successes & momentum • Bike/walk accommodation in road construction • Bike lanes in resurfacing projects • Trail construction • Bike/ped plan adopted • Community events • Partnerships
  • 11. Vocal minority vs Silent majority • Parks & Rec Survey • Realtor Survey • Transportation Surveys • Public Meetings • Political Races
  • 12. Getting the Green Light • Marketing • Economic Development • Tried & Failed • Next Steps • Bike Summit
  • 13. Bike Summit Political leadership PARTNERSHIPS Advocates Govt Agencies ‘You Should’ to ‘We Should’
  • 14. Bike Summit Priorities 15 Key Initiatives Facilities Education/Encouragement Policy & Evaluation Mayor’s Bike Task Force (citizen-based) Silver in 2010?
  • 15. FACILITIES • Rural Bike Routes • Share the Road Signs • Rural Rail Trail • Mountain Bike Trails
  • 16. FACILITIES • North-South Cross-Town Trail • Downtown / Campus Connections
  • 17. Legacy Trail • 11 mile trail – $10 million project – 3 years start to finish
  • 18. Legacy Trail Connects Urban Core to Rural Fayette County & Kentucky Horse Park (no riverfront) Revitalization Preservation Art Environment History Lexington’s Story
  • 19. Legacy Trail Opening Getting people on bikes…7,000+ including the Mayor, Governor, House Rep., Commissioner of Public Works
  • 20. Streetscape Project The Vine Street Story….
  • 21. Streetscape Project Then…If Now…Where…How? Streetscape Plan / Project S Limestone St, Vine St, Main St $30million +
  • 22. Existing Bike Facilities Bike Lane 23mi Paved Shoulder 27mi Signed Route 4mi Shared Use Trail 22mi
  • 23. Funded Bike Facilities Bike Lane 17mi Paved Shoulder 3mi Signed Route 4mi Shared Use Trail 16mi
  • 24. Active Project 25 Miles Under Study Design Grant Application Neighborhood Mtgs
  • 25. The Near(er) Future?
  • 26. Policy & Evaluation • Complete Streets • Revised Traffic Ordinances • Bike/Ped Counts UK CORDON COUNT 38% increase in bicycle use into/out of campus 150 to 200% increase along streets with bike lanes
  • 27. Education & Encouragement PARTNERSHIPS Who is best for the job??? • Professional Training • Safe Routes to School • Communication Campaign • Share the Road Campaign
  • 28. Share the Road Campaign Police liaison, banners, billboards, info cards, garages, parking permits, bike lights, t-shirts, radio, kid produced PSAs
  • 29. Education / Encouragement Community Bike Events • Bike Lexington • Bike Month – 80 events – Commuter Challenge • 80 businesses • 1 month • 15,000 miles
  • 30. Progressive Dinners Bike Ed Bike Clinics Bike Camping Advocacy Breakfasts Horsey Hundred Bike Bash Parades
  • 31. Photos Courtesy of Brian Turner
  • 32. Education / Encouragement Cyclovia!! Statewide!!
  • 33. Monthly 2S Rides Showcases bike lanes / trails
  • 34. Building the Culture…Bike Polo Dedicated City Court Bluegrass state games Regional Tournaments Photos Courtesy of Brian Turner
  • 35. Building the Culture…Bike Polo
  • 36. Building the Culture . . .UK “Wildcat Wheels” Program Campus bike shop, Yellow bikes, Blue bikes, Education, Bike to work programs, Bike Facilities
  • 37. Building the Culture . . .”Yellow Bikes” 80 Bikes Provided by Private Businesses & Downtown Lexington corporation
  • 38. Building the Culture . . .Pedicabs
  • 39. Building the Culture . . .”Bike Prom” Organized by / benefits: Living Arts & Sciences Center
  • 40. Building the Culture…Alley Cats…Scavenger Rides/Races Organized by: No one Someone Everyone
  • 41. Building the Culture…”Shifting Gears” Shifting Gears

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