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It’s not just about new paved bike lanes. Trails also go a long way towards making a bike-friendly city, says the Louisville chapter of the Kentucky Mountain Bike Association. Billy Davis of KyMBA Louisville recently presented his vision for a mountain-bike-friendly Louisville at Pecha Kucha Night #6 on December 7 at the 21c.

Plans call for creating over 100 miles of new sustainable trails all around the city to create the largest urban trail system in the east and one of the largest in the country. According to KyMBA Louisville:

Louisville, Kentucky is blessed with a wonderful park system and that is what sets us apart. As a community how do we leverage our green spaces to truly improve our quality of life and help Louisville be a more competitive city. Our answer is to realize an urban trail system that will put Louisville on the map as a major off road trail destination.

[ Via On Your Left Cycles. ]

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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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2 COMMENTS

  1. i was just wondering if any of these planned 100 miles inside of the loop would be for hiking as well as biking? or will many of them be biking only trails?

  2. Originally Posted By chad actoni was just wondering if any of these planned 100 miles inside of the loop would be for hiking as well as biking? or will many of them be biking only trails?

    @chad acton

    I think Sam explains it well on his blog : http://thenailthatsticksup.com/2011/12/19/kymba-louisville-envisions-100-miles-of-human-powered-trails/

    Most of the 100 miles would be multi-use for any activity humans power like walking, running, biking, skiing, etc.

    There are currently approximately 30 miles of “hike only” natural surface trails in Louisville. Metro Parks, Olmsted Conservancy, The Parklands of Floyds Fork, and KyMBA are also planning additional hike only natural surface trails for the future. These trails are exclusively for hikers.

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