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Louisville Bicycle Summit Presents Findings

Wednesday February 9, 2005

Mayor Jerry Abramson will create a task force to follow up on the findings and recommendations resulting from the first-ever Louisville Bicycle Summit. The summit was held Feb. 7 and 8 to identify ways to help Louisville become a bicycle-friendly community.

Recommendations include enhancements to existing roads, signs and markings, expansion of cycling paths and facilities, creation and recruitment of cycling events, and information campaigns to encourage cycling and educate motorists on sharing the roads with cyclists.

“Whether you’re biking for fitness, pedaling to work, or exploring our wonderful parks, bicycling is crucial to this community’s quality of life,” Abramson said. “Through our summit, we’ve worked collectively with the biking community to set an aggressive vision for the future of biking in this community. Many of our goals are short term and many are much longer term, but these recommendations will help guide the projects and initiatives we’ll pursue going forward.”

Summit participants included area bicyclists and bicycle groups, transportation, urban and parks planners, employers, and city and suburban officials from Louisville and surrounding areas. Also during last night’s presentation, Bicycling Magazine presented Abramson with the designation of Louisville as one of nine national BikeTown 2005 cities.
 
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Following is a summary of the summit’s recommendations:
 
FIX THE BASICS

Safety 
    

    • Maintain existing roads and paths

    • Add signage and striping to existing routes

    • Specify accountability for road and path   
      conditions within government

Education     

    • Promote biking for its health benefits

    • Teach students and drivers the “rules of 
       the road”

    • Train government personnel and leaders  
       on bike issues
 
BUILD ON ASSETS
 

Connect what we have     

    • Ohio River Greenway

    • Olmsted Parks and Parkways

    • Cross-town and North-South routes

Share what we have     

    • Better maps,

    • website(s) and calendar

    • Promotion – e.g. “Bike to Work” and

    • Olmsted Parks tour

CREATE NEW ASSETS

Develop a community-wide network of bikeable roads and paths 

Build a world-class VeloPark

Cross-river, 17-mile loop

Attract major racing event

Community cycling event suitable for
   families and novice riders

Establish clearinghouse for bicycling 
  resources

BALANCE CYCLING NEEDS WITH THE COMMUNITY GROWTH AGENDA

Apply a “complete streets” policy to new construction and renovation of our roads
 

• Work with Metro Council to adopt a bike-
   pedestrian-greenways master plan

Review state and local regulations to find 
  ways to resolve conflicts between road users

Build campaign to obtain funding equity for 
  Louisville

Seek additional funding opportunities for bike
  programs and faciities