Session 57 - Southern Success Stories - Lexington, KY

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Session 57 - Southern Success Stories - Lexington, KY

  1. 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. 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. 3. Central Kentucky is known for … Lexington: “Horse Capital of the World” Horse Farms Keeneland Urban Growth Boundary (1958) Merged Govt (1970’s)
  4. 4. Central Kentucky is known for…
  5. 5. Central Kentucky is known for…
  6. 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. 7. Central Kentucky is known for…???
  8. 8. How did we get here?
  9. 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. 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. 11. Vocal minority vs Silent majority • Parks & Rec Survey • Realtor Survey • Transportation Surveys • Public Meetings • Political Races
  12. 12. Getting the Green Light • Marketing • Economic Development • Tried & Failed • Next Steps • Bike Summit
  13. 13. Bike Summit Political leadership PARTNERSHIPS Advocates Govt Agencies ‘You Should’ to ‘We Should’
  14. 14. Bike Summit Priorities 15 Key Initiatives Facilities Education/Encouragement Policy & Evaluation Mayor’s Bike Task Force (citizen-based) Silver in 2010?
  15. 15. FACILITIES • Rural Bike Routes • Share the Road Signs • Rural Rail Trail • Mountain Bike Trails
  16. 16. FACILITIES • North-South Cross-Town Trail • Downtown / Campus Connections
  17. 17. Legacy Trail • 11 mile trail – $10 million project – 3 years start to finish
  18. 18. Legacy Trail Connects Urban Core to Rural Fayette County & Kentucky Horse Park (no riverfront) Revitalization Preservation Art Environment History Lexington’s Story
  19. 19. Legacy Trail Opening Getting people on bikes…7,000+ including the Mayor, Governor, House Rep., Commissioner of Public Works
  20. 20. Streetscape Project The Vine Street Story….
  21. 21. Streetscape Project Then…If Now…Where…How? Streetscape Plan / Project S Limestone St, Vine St, Main St $30million +
  22. 22. Existing Bike Facilities Bike Lane 23mi Paved Shoulder 27mi Signed Route 4mi Shared Use Trail 22mi
  23. 23. Funded Bike Facilities Bike Lane 17mi Paved Shoulder 3mi Signed Route 4mi Shared Use Trail 16mi
  24. 24. Active Project 25 Miles Under Study Design Grant Application Neighborhood Mtgs
  25. 25. The Near(er) Future?
  26. 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. 27. Education & Encouragement PARTNERSHIPS Who is best for the job??? • Professional Training • Safe Routes to School • Communication Campaign • Share the Road Campaign
  28. 28. Share the Road Campaign Police liaison, banners, billboards, info cards, garages, parking permits, bike lights, t-shirts, radio, kid produced PSAs
  29. 29. Education / Encouragement Community Bike Events • Bike Lexington • Bike Month – 80 events – Commuter Challenge • 80 businesses • 1 month • 15,000 miles
  30. 30. Progressive Dinners Bike Ed Bike Clinics Bike Camping Advocacy Breakfasts Horsey Hundred Bike Bash Parades
  31. 31. Photos Courtesy of Brian Turner
  32. 32. Education / Encouragement Cyclovia!! Statewide!!
  33. 33. Monthly 2S Rides Showcases bike lanes / trails
  34. 34. Building the Culture…Bike Polo Dedicated City Court Bluegrass state games Regional Tournaments Photos Courtesy of Brian Turner
  35. 35. Building the Culture…Bike Polo
  36. 36. Building the Culture . . .UK “Wildcat Wheels” Program Campus bike shop, Yellow bikes, Blue bikes, Education, Bike to work programs, Bike Facilities
  37. 37. Building the Culture . . .”Yellow Bikes” 80 Bikes Provided by Private Businesses & Downtown Lexington corporation
  38. 38. Building the Culture . . .Pedicabs
  39. 39. Building the Culture . . .”Bike Prom” Organized by / benefits: Living Arts & Sciences Center
  40. 40. Building the Culture…Alley Cats…Scavenger Rides/Races Organized by: No one Someone Everyone
  41. 41. Building the Culture…”Shifting Gears” Shifting Gears

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