Please call the capitol message line at 1-800-372-7181 and ask your legislators to support Kentucky's Complete Streets bill, SB 133. It will soon be heard in front of the Senate Transportation Committee. Finally, go fill out this survey so you can communicate with the other supporters.
Some businesses are attempting to organize against the Brownsboro Road Diet.
|Who||You and all the friends you're about to invite...
|What||Rock the 9th District Community Forum|
|When||Wednesday, Jan 25th
Forum starts: 6:00 pm
Diet topic starts: 6:20~6:30 pm?
Kentucky School for the Blind Auditorium
1867 Frankfort Avenue
(TARC #15, #19)
|Why||Walking without Fear|
|How||Applaud the presentation. Wear one of our stickers. If there's opportunity to comment, come forward and say "I Support the Sidewalk and Road Diet."|
Apparently LMPW construction trucks in the exact location of the road diet were there for some other purpose. CART member Bill Wright reports that the road diet is still hung up with Tom Hall at KYTC District 5. Tom.Hall 'AT' ky 'DOT' gov
CART mistakenly reported the diet was under construction here. Sorry.
CyclingProject365 breaks the story...
More pictures below the fold...
Bike Lanes are slated to be installed on both sides of Poplar Level Road from I-264 to Eastern Parkway. In a recent benefit-cost analysis performed by consultants for the city, Poplar Level Road bike lanes served the most citizens for the least cost of any bicycle lane modifications.
The plan calls for a "lane diet". The road is currently 5 lanes, with a 12' inner travel lane and a 14' outer travel lane. KYTC will modify the inner lane to 10', and the outter lane to 16'. Then Louisville will subdivide the 16' into two lanes: an 11' lane and a 5' lane marked for the exclusive use of bicycles.
[Edit: totally wrong information struck]
The speed limit on the road is 45mph - a rarity these days within 264 - and there are not as many driveways and intersections as some roads, thus decreasing dangerous crossing conflicts that plauge bike lane safety. Furthermore, bike lanes are also planned on Eastern Parkway, which would tie even more destinations together.
The press release, reproduced in full:
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear today announced that the Federal Railroad Administration has approved a $250,000 grant to study the feasibility of high-speed passenger service on a rail corridor that includes Louisville.
Gov. Beshear joined with Govs. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee and Sonny Perdue of Georgia in supporting a study of the corridor that runs from Chicago to Atlanta, through Louisville and Nashville, Tenn.
“Our goal, ultimately, is to see the national high-speed rail system revised and enhanced to include this corridor,” Gov. Beshear said. “We believe this would correct an omission in the nationwide network – especially in terms of a continuous passenger rail corridor from Chicago to Florida.”
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has changed its policy (2p pdf) to cautiously endorse Modern Roundabouts. The Modern Roundabout is an intersection technology like "4-way stop" and "stop lights". However, in some places it will outperform these older technologies in almost every way.
Says "Making Places":
It turns out that roundabouts may be part of the panacea for our greatest traffic woes. Across America, towns and cities of all shapes and sizes have been choosing modern roundabouts over antiquated signalization equipment and expensive grade separated interchanges. The choice of a roundabout, or a modern roundabout, rather, makes sense for several reasons: they have proven to improve the flow of traffic, reduce cost, improve safety, and enhance the quality of place.
The roundabout in the video is right here in Kentucky, at Norton Commons. I rode it and it was a lot of fun. I'm so well-trained to STOP at intersections, it took concious effort to roll through the YIELD sign the first few times. The biggest revalation was just how relaxed everyone was about driving there. There were no Leadfoot Louies gunning it for the lights.
Since the early 2000s there has been no transit service linking Kentucky from East to West. It is not possible, for example, to go from Louisville to Frankfort.
If Miller Trailways has anything to say about it, that is going to change. However, they need your letters of support to make it happen!
Greyhound abandoned the last East-West service because it wasn't profitable. Congress decided that it wasn't a good idea to orphan all those small communities without any inter city transit, so they created 5311-f funds to subsidize rural intercity transit. Kentucky gets $1.8 million worth of funds, and currently doesn't subsidize any inter-city bus transit of note. Instead, that money is marked as unspent and flows into a larger pot where it is used to subsidize rural on-demand transit services - basically taxis, running with an end-user fare of about $1 per mile.
Read the Courier-Journal's special report on I-66 here.