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Beargrass Bike Path Improvements Begin with Cleanup Mayor seeks volunteers for August 13

Monday August 8, 2005

One of several bike-path improvements resulting from Mayor Jerry Abramson’s Bicycle Summit will begin with a trail cleanup. Metro Parks and Brightside are seeking volunteers to remove invasive plants and make other improvements along the Beargrass Creek Bike Path on Saturday, August 13, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The cleanup is the initial step in a plan to improve the 1.3-mile paved path and its connection to Cherokee Park, Waterfront Park and downtown. This fall, Louisville Metro will repair potholes along the path and install prototypes of a new sign designating community bike paths. Construction will begin next spring for a new trail entrance that will better align with the intersection of Lexington Road and Grinstead Drive, protecting cyclists crossing the intersection to reach Cherokee Park. More than $500,000 in city, state and federal dollars will be invested in the intersection improvements.
“This is one of a series of initiatives to make short-term improvements to bike routes while we pursue an aggressive vision for the future of biking in this community,” Abramson said. “Making Louisville a bike-friendly community is a key component of our efforts to continue enhancing our quality of life.”

Louisville Metro Planning & Design Services is managing this project through its Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. Other enhancements this fall will be new signage and pavement stencils to improve cyclist and motorist safety along bike routes on Spring and Adams streets in Butchertown.

During the Bicycle Summit in February, city planners and cyclists developed a strategy for making Louisville a bicycle-friendly community. In addition to developing new bike paths - including a 100-mile metro loop path called for in the City of Parks initiative - participants stressed the need to ensure that the community’s existing bike paths are well-maintained and attractive.

About the Cleanup

For the Beargrass Creek Bike Path cleanup, volunteers will use basic hand tools to invasive plants along the path while Metro Parks and Public Works crews apply herbicide to kill the root systems. Volunteers are asked to bring sturdy shoes and bug spray, as well as small handsaws and brush loppers. Children under 12 may not volunteer since sharp tools will be used. Louisville Metro will provide refreshments and Brightside is providing gloves and garbage bags.

Parking is available at Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium, 2345 Lexington Road. Additional information is available by calling MetroCall at 311 or (502) 574-5000.