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District 5 hosts Bike/Pedestrian Master Plan Public Forum

Sunday December 5, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4130/526-3622

Residents in Metro Council District’s 1, 4 and 5 are encouraged to attend the last in a series of public forums dealing with the Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan now being reviewed by Louisville Metro Government. The Forum is set for Thursday, December 9th.

“We are seeing many improvements in sidewalks and bicycle paths throughout the area,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5). “It is important for residents of the Shawnee and Portland areas to understand what future plans are to make this kind of transportation more efficient for the people who live and visit in the district.”

The public forum is set for the Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse, 460 Northwestern Parkway from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Hamilton along with Council members Judith Green (D-1) and David Tandy (D-4) are encouraging residents in their area to learn more about the plan.

The Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan will set the goals for future improvements in sidewalk construction and repairs along with roadway accessibility for cyclists in Metro Louisville. The plan strives to increase the use of bicycles as a mode of transportation and at the same time encourage walking for recreational and practical uses. Public safety is a primary goal of the plan.

“As we continue to revive the Shawnee and Portland areas, it is important to know how changes such as these will impact neighborhoods,” says Hamilton. “I want to encourage everyone to attend this forum and express your ideas.”

The forum will be a chance to see what has been done in Metro Louisville to improve accessibility and public safety. Maps will be on hand to show future plans for sidewalk improvements and bike paths. Officials will also be able to answer questions about the plan.

“An effort to change the traffic flow of Northwestern Parkway, moving it from four to three lanes has been proposed between 33rd and Bank Street.,” says Hamilton. “This proposed change also calls for changing Northwestern parkway from a one way to two way along this portion of Northwestern Parkway. It will be a major change for drivers and residents in the area and public input on this change is critical”

The forum is being held by Metro Public Works, StepUp Louisville, the city’s pedestrian program, and Bike Louisville, the city’s bicycle program.

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
Judith Green (D) 1
David Tandy (D) 4