Urban Design

Urban Design includes Land Use, Transit Oriented Development, Complete Streets, Safe Routes to School, Sidewalks, and Bike Lanes.

CART Follows Revisions to the Louisville Metro Land Development Code

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Changes to the Louisville Metro Land Development Code (LDC) are of great importance to all Louisville residents.  Decisions made by the LDC Improvement Committee and subcommittees will impact the character of our community for years to come. The LDC's are therefore of great interest to CART as LDC's directly impact transportation needs, particularly the development path for transportation infrastructure.  We believe that the future development path of transportation should be multi-modal, public transit centered with less emphasis on accommodating personal automobiles.  Below the fold are the schedules for upcoming meetings of the LDC Improvement Committee and all the LDC Improvement subcommittees as posted at the time of this writing on Metro Louisville's Planning and Design website.

CART will monitor developments of Round Two of the process and provide input when possible.  We believe it is important to follow all the subcommittees because all aspects of the LDC have implications for CART's mission of advocating for sustainable public transportation.  You never know when a seemingly unrelated item will have significant transportation implications.

Brownsboro Road Diet petition

This online petition is being organized through Tina Ward-Pugh's office. Please take a moment to sign it.

Livable Streets Action Alert - Brownsboro Road Diet Needs Support

Some businesses are attempting to organize against the Brownsboro Road Diet.

You Can Help

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
(google map)
(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."

What is the Brownsboro Road Diet?

Construction begins on Brownsboro Road Diet

Update: Story is false. Retraction.

Construction trucks were on Brownsboro Road wednesday, presumably working on the road diet.

Construction has begun on a sidewalk linking people and businesses in the Clifton and Clifton Heights neighborhoods. Space for the sidewalk was created by narrowing Brownsboro Road from 4 travel lanes to 3 - a 'road diet'. This is a key technique for creating walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and we hope that as soon as this project is seen as a success, we can start to look at road diets elsewhere too.

Activists gather after the Metro Council vote approving the road diet. The diet was approved unanimously.

Bike Parking Done Right

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?

Brownsboro Road Diet goes to Metro Council

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.

Brownsboro Road Diet goes to Metro Council

Updated Again: new time has been found!

Updated: Event has been cancelled!

Cancelled: Thursday, May 5th Transportation/Public Works Committee Meeting, 2pm - please plan to attend

Probably Cancelled: Thursday, May 12th Metro Council Meeting, 6pm - please plan to attend


A Neighborhood Greenway for Old Louisville?

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

Brownsboro Road Diet & Sidewalk Receive Overwhelming Public Support

Approximately 75 supporters gathered tonight to hear details on the Brownsboro Road Diet and Sidewalk project. The project is expected to break ground this summer. This news was met with enthusiastic applause from the crowd, whose only complaint was that the project wasn't already complete!

Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh presented spokespeople from Public Works and TARC.

Support the Brownsboro Road Diet!!!

A Critical Hour for Louisville

Will we have a city forever wishing its streets were superhighways, or built for people too? Tuesday, you get to decide.

For thirty years, residents of Clifton and Clifton Heights have had no way to walk along the north side of Brownsboro Road. The road abuts an overgrown cliff face, that makes it impossible to access the traffic light for safe crossing. After over a decade of tireless work by the Clifton Community Council, Clifton Heights Community Council, and the blind community, there is a chance to finally make this right: a "road diet" for Brownsboro Road, removing a vehicle lane and rebuilding it as a sidewalk. This is not considered a radical idea in most cities, but it will be a very big deal in Louisville.

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