Monday July 1, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 1, 2013) – Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) announced today new amenities designed to enhance safety for cyclists in Louisville, including the city’s first-ever bike boxes. Located at the intersections of Adams Street and Story Avenue and Spring Street and Mellwood Avenue, the bike boxes are painted bright green and create a space between vehicles and the crosswalk that allows bicyclists to position themselves ahead of traffic at an intersection.
“We want cyclists to be safe and comfortable when they are out riding on Louisville’s streets. This new treatment is a simple way to make bicyclists more visible, reducing issues that can put riders in danger at intersections,” Fischer said. “We’ve also added more bike symbols and shared lane markings on several streets. I hope it will encourage more citizens to get on their bikes and enjoy the health benefits that come with riding.”
“With more than 150 bicycle traffic collisions and up to three cyclist deaths each year in Louisville, we must do more to promote basic safety on our roadways,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “The tools we’re deploying today are designed to improve safety for responsible cyclists and ensure that motorists have an easy and more reliable way to share the road.”
In addition to bike boxes, the following treatments were added:
Poplar Level Road- bike symbols
8th Street- bike symbols and shared lane markings
Jefferson Street- shared lane markings
Market Street- shared lane markings
West Main- shared lane markings
Bank Street -shared lane markings
2nd Street- shared lane markings
Johnsontown Road- shared lane markings
These improvements were funded with federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) dollars, which require a 20% local match, with a total cost of just over $125,000. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet was also a partner in this project, assisting with installation of the markings on state-owned roadways.