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Final Public Comments Sought On Bike And Pedestrian Master Plan

The last batch of public comments on Louisville’s bike and pedestrian master plan will be accepted Thursday. Residents of west and central Louisville have been invited to the final public forum on the plan.

The master plan sets the course for bike lane expansions and sidewalk improvements in Louisville. 4th District Councilman David Tandy says many of his constituents have encouraged him to push for more bike lanes downtown and in surrounding areas.

“Around where Slugger Field is, you saw where we changed a lot of the striping to include a bike lane and that’s helped address some of the problems,” he says. “What we want to do is expand that throughout more of the central business district.”

Tandy says because they only involve repainting, bike lanes can be added more quickly than sidewalks can be rebuilt, though some sidewalks have already been redone with federal stimulus dollars. The meeting will also allow residents to comment on a proposal to allow traffic to flow in both directions on parts of Northwestern Parkway.

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Louisville, Jeffersontown Receive Bike Grants

Louisville and Jeffersontown have received grants to improve bicycle accessibility and safety.Beshear and Abramson

Combined, the two cities received about 4 million federal dollars and $850,000 in local matching funds. Some of the money will be spent on building and repairing bike and pedestrian lanes and trails. Mayor Jerry Abramson says the funds will also help pay for education programs.

“We’re going to put some money into cyclist and pedestrian safety and education,” says Abramson. “You’re going to see more and more of the brochures, television, TV advertising; training classes for folks who ride; making sure that us that drive cars also have an appreciation for the role to be played.”

Governor Steve Beshear presented the money to Abramson and Jeffersontown Mayor Clay Foreman Friday.