Wednesday October 17, 2007
New dedicated bike lanes have been installed on 2nd St. in Old Louisville and SoBro and on Taylorsville Rd. in Jeffersontown. The lanes were installed as part of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet resurfacing projects with design and installation performed by Louisville Metro Public Works.
Both projects advance the city's progress towards completing its top-three "High Priority Corridors:" the 3rd St./New Cut Rd. corridor, Taylorsville Rd., and River Rd.
The 2nd St. lanes run northbound from Oak St. to just south of Broadway, providing a portion of the northbound counterpart to the southbound bike lanes on 3rd St. Plans are underway to complete the northbound connection between U of L and Downtown with bike lanes on Brook St.
Bike Lanes on Taylorsville Rd. run from just southeast of Hurstbourne Parkway to Patti Ln., just northwest of the railroad overpass. From the overpass to Ruckreigel Parkway there are wide curb-lane facilities (15'+ righthand lanes) to allow motorists to pass cyclists without changing lanes.
These lanes could become dedicated bike lanes in the future with a design exception from KYTC (allowing the travel lane to be marked at 10', leaving the extra 5' for a dedicated bike lane) and the replacement of the outdated drainage grates in the area which presently present a hazard to cyclists. Alternatively, the wide curb-lanes could be marked with shared-lane markings or "Sharrows," which would also require the approval of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Louisville Metro will continue to work in partnership with KYTC to install bike lanes during routine resurfacing projects whenever they would be feasible and beneficial. A new $100,400 grant from KYTC will help fund the installation of bike lanes, shared-lane markings, and bikeways signage, including markings in thermoplastic instead of paint - a more expensive material, but one which will last up to ten times longer.
Also, in keeping with existing practice and the proposed Complete Streets Policy, Louisville Metro will continue to include bicycle and pedestrian facilities in all new and major reconstruction road projects. KYTC's Bicycle & Pedestrian Accomodation Policy states that KYTC will consider such accomodations in all new roadway projects.