The Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation, CART, brings us news that a new bike lane is planned for a stretch of Poplar Level Road between Eastern Parkway and the Watterson Expressway after a study demonstrated the site would serve the most cyclists for the lowest cost.
Here’s some info from CART:
The plan calls for a “lane diet.” The road is currently 5 lanes, with a 12-foot inner travel lane and a 14-foot outer travel lane. KYTC will modify the inner lane to 10 feet, and the outer lane to 16 feet. Then Louisville will subdivide the 16 feet into two lanes: an 11-foot lane and a 5-foot lane marked for the exclusive use of bicycles.
The speed limit on the road is 45 mph—a rarity these days within 264—and there are not as many driveways and intersections as some roads, thus decreasing dangerous crossing conflicts that plague bike lane safety. Furthermore, bike lanes are also planned on Eastern Parkway, which would tie even more destinations together.