A Discussion of Bicycles as Transportation in Louisville
If you bike for transportation, or bike-commute, or are interested in becoming a better urban cyclist, then this list is for you! By sharing experiences, innovations, and shortcuts we can make the urban biking experience better for us all. We're also dedicated to making Louisville a more bike-tolerant community, leading by example and (when necessary) by political action.
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.
Louisville Metro Government has a new web reporting tool you can use to report "close calls" on the road. The data you enter will be used to "assess potential conflict points and the frequency of near misses at these locations".
I plan to use this to report things like bullying crosswalk behavior - the sort of incident that is reckless, but something the police can't do anything with. If there's contact, or immediate danger, call 911.
Firsty, the Brownsboro Sidewalk & Road Diet is up for final approval by Metro Council. Clifton [Heights] Community Councils are calling for public turn-out at the meetings, to hold signs and wear stickers. Be there or send the council a message of support.
Secondy, there will then be an immediate victory-party at Car Free Happy Hour:
For a generation, Spring Street has been the canvas upon which Louisville has tried new bicycle facilities. Long the on-street connector for the Beargrass Trail, this was the first bike lane in the city, dating from the 90s or possibly even the 80s.
Obviously, the bicycling facilities engineering has come a long way since then, and some things tried didn't work out. But what is particuarly interesting about Spring Street is that the city has rolled up its sleeves and kept at it, and through a process of iterative corrections, finally made a street that serves both the interests of bicyclists while taking into account the realities of the location.
Today Spring Street uses a combination of bike lanes and shared lane markings (aka "sharrows"). It uses the bike lanes where there is no on-street parking, and it uses sharrows where history has shown a demand on-street car parking. To me it seems like a happy compromise.
Better yet, the sharrows are placed in a very obvious "lane control" position, indicating to bicyclists that if they're going to be traveling in the roadway, they'd better be making it obvious to overtaking motorists that they are truly blockin' that roadway. The sharrow are farther left than the minimum standard, and that's a win for safe cycling.
Bicycle parking is almost impossible for non-bicyclists to get right. Since there is almost no mainstream cultural understanding of bicyclists needs and patterns, its like hiring an english major to design your next airplane - there are dozens of ways they can get it wrong, but really only one way to get it right. There are standards aplenty, but who reads those? Businesses typically do not bother, and big businesses especially. I'm happy to report that the Target at Westport and Hubbards gets it right.
The bike parking is visible in the above panorama at the extreme right side. Look closely for the three red dot bollards. It's only about 100 feet, despite the fish-eye making it look really far.
What defines great shopping bike parking, anyway?
What about building one of these connecting UofL to the medical center?
Writes Justin Mog:
UofL is working with Bike Louisville and area neighborhood groups to create an on-street bike facility northbound from Cardinal Blvd providing safe, (s)low-traffic connectivity with our Health Sciences Center downtown. We think this is an ideal test-case for Louisville's first dedicated Bike Boulevard with limited, local-access-only auto traffic. Come share your ideas about how this could work!
When: Thursday, April 21, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Where: Central Park Info Center
Thursday night. Click "Read More" for details...
What if we could knit the Tyler Park and Germantown together, making walking between them an easy, pleasant experience?
Here is a proposal to improve a little valley's transportation, on the borders of the Highlands and Germantown.