New bike lane on 8th Street (Courtesy Bike Louisville)
New bike lane on 8th Street (Courtesy Bike Louisville)
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Earlier this summer (in June to be exact), a new bike lane was installed on Eighth Street in Downtown Louisville. The lane stretches from Market Street to Broadway. As part of Louisville’s Complete Streets policy, bike lanes and sidewalks must be installed when a road is reconstructed—in this case repaved (unless certain conditions are met).

While cyclists should use caution when riding next to parked cars and watch for opening doors (and, more importantly, motorists should check for cyclists before opening their doors), the lane looks wide enough to feel comfortable. Anyone taken a ride on the lane this summer have a first-hand account?

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Branden Klayko

Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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  1. It’s a 6′ lane. It’s the best bike lane with on-street parking in the city of Louisville. Which is to say: I haven’t had to merge into general-purpose traffic to avoid the threat of doorings yet.

    Only complaint: It’s too short!

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