Shelby Park pedestrians would like to look both ways when crossing the street. Two-way conversions have trickled in over the years in nearby Old Louisville. Oak Street, First Street, and Brook Street all accommodate two-way travel. Other plans have been a one-way track to more discussion and endless study. Still, New Albany is pushing ahead with a two-way plan and Downtown seems closer than ever to change (more on those plans later).
Wednesday, Bicycling for Louisville (B4L) and the Shelby Park Neighborhood Association (SPNA) are hosting a public meeting to discuss the future of the neighborhood’s streets. Representatives from Metro Public Works and Advanced Planning will be on hand to answer questions, clarify the process, and explain the challenges of two-way street conversions.
Three “street pairs”—parallel streets running opposite one-way directions—will be examined. Those include:
- Oak Street and St. Catherine Street.
- Logan Street and Shelby Street.
- Preston Street and Jackson Street.
According to B4L, the event promises “frank discussions of intergovernmental coordination efforts.” Which, frankly, are long overdue. “The city’s received $4.3 million in federal funds for two-way conversions,” B4L wrote on the event Facebook page. “We hope you’ll join us in Shelby Park on Wednesday as we discuss the logistics for how and when that will be implemented.”
The event begins at 6:00p.m. Wednesday at The St. Catherine, 729 East St. Catherine Street, when wine and beer will be served. The discussion will begin at 6:30p.m. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.
(Top Image: Preston Street looking south towards St. Catherine Street. Courtesy Google Street View.)