A buffered bike lane with bollards on Fourth Street near the University of Louisville. (Courtesy Bike Louisville)
A buffered bike lane with bollards on Fourth Street near the University of Louisville. (Courtesy Bike Louisville)
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Bike lanes are nothing new in Louisville. We’ve been building them for years. But the city is beginning to get wise to newer innovations in bike lane design that makes cycling less stressful, safer, easier, and more enjoyable.

In the past few years, the city has begun installing buffered bike lanes, bike lane bollards, and green paint markings. Sharrows have dotted streets across town and a system of Neighborways is being installed.

And with so much change, it’s time for a check in to see how the city is doing. Metro Louisville Public Works’ Bike Louisville and Bicycling for Louisville are teaming up to host two public meetings this week on the future of Louisville’s Urban Bicycle Network.

Louisville's Urban Bike Network as of July 2015. New lanes have been added since then. (Courtesy Bike Louisville)
Louisville’s Urban Bike Network as of July 2015. New lanes have been added since then. (Courtesy Bike Louisville)

According to the city, efforts to create a true network of bike infrastructure are finally paying off with a robust collection of lanes, markings, and other facilities connecting Downtown, Jefferson Community & Technical College, Old Louisville, the University of Louisville, and surrounding neighborhoods.

Both public meetings take place at the Urban Design Studio, 507 South Third Street. They’re scheduled for Wednesday, December 2 from 5:00–6:30p.m. and Thursday, December 3 from 11:30a.m.–1:00p.m. If you can’t attend, you can fill out a short online survey here.

At these meetings, the city hopes to gather feedback on how to fill the gaps in the bike network and gauge interest in new types of bike infrastructure. (How about true protected bike lanes?!) The goal is to get more people out on their bikes riding comfortably around the city.

Eventually, citizen responses will be documented and a report will be issued on the findings. And who knows, maybe we’ll see some of your ideas hit the streets.

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Branden Klayko

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