Charlie Schimpeler, Ph.D., A.I.C.P., P.E., builder of transportation systems around the world, has passed away. Charlie has been a tremendous asset to Kentucky, always willing to share his expertise. He lived his life with energy and humor. CART's board of directors wishes the Schimpeler family well.
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.
The Ohio River Bridges project prioritizes car & truck dependence for the region at the cost of all other transportation alternatives. Your last chance to tell the government to find us better options is now through July 13. Follow this link and let them know what you think of their three options, none of which include significant increases to public transit service.
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?
The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) has produced this animation of AMTRAK service through the years. What's striking is how much better it once was. Louisville had 5 passenger rail links at one point?! Via Grist.
The Highland Commerce Guild wants to promote Louisville as “The Walking Community” and is sponsoring a contest to develop a city wide ten words or less slogan to promote pedestrian and traffic safety. See the attached press release for details.
Update: The email address is incorrect in the press release. Hint: his name is "aaron" not "arron".
Thursday, May 19th at 2:00 pm in Metro Council Chambers, a metro council subcomittee will examine the Brownsboro Road Sidewalk and Road Diet. If it is passed, and if the Mayor's budget address does not interfere, then it should be on the full Metro Council agenda on Thursday, May 26th at 6:00 pm. Both events held in Old City Hall.
The neighborhood organizations are asking for people to come out and show support. However, the only opportunity to speak will be at the full metro council meeting on the 26th, which you must call ahead to request. We'll see about getting signs again, so you can show your support without speaking.
Note: this is an update to a previous post.