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Increase Alternative Transit Facilities

Increase dedicated bike lanes, pedestrian and transit facilities in the existing right-of-way, focusing on moving people rather than exclusively single-occupancy vehicles.

Historically, public infrastructure has been focused on creating the easiest and fastest means of transit for single-occupancy vehicles. This resulted in abundant wide lanes of paved asphalt, but limited pathways for pedestrians, cyclists or transit riders. However, an increasing number of people use these streets in different ways; some by personal choice, others because of various constraints. There are many benefits of alternative transportation, such as biking, walking and public transit, some of which are illustrated in the Lexington Area Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan 2018. The study showed 30% of all car trips could be easily covered by a 10-minute bike ride or a 30-minute walk. Providing a safe and comfortable environment for non-vehicle travelers is essential to meet those needs.

In order to provide equity to all Lexington residents, city infrastructure must be required to ensure enough space is granted for all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders, within the right-of-way. New rights-of-way should be designed for all users from the outset, but it is also important to retrofit existing facilities to correct for the years of emphasis placed on the single-occupancy vehicle.

Goals and Objectives

GOAL A3: Provide well-designed neighborhoods and communities.

Objective: A3b

Strive for positive and safe social interactions in neighborhoods, including, but not limited to, neighborhoods that are connected for pedestrians and various modes of transportation.

GOAL D1: Work to achieve an effective and comprehensive transportation system.

Objective: D1a

Support the Complete Streets concept, prioritizing a pedestrian-first design that also accommodates the needs of bicycle, transit and other vehicles.

Objective: D1b

Develop a viable network of accessible transportation alternatives for residents and commuters, which may include the use of mass transit, bicycles, walkways, ridesharing, greenways and other strategies.

Objective: D1c

Concentrate efforts to enhance mass transit along our corridors in order to facilitate better service for our growing population, as well as efficiencies in our transit system.

GOAL D2: Support a model of development that focuses on people-first to provide accessible community facilities and services to meet the health, safety and quality of life needs of Lexington-Fayette County’s residents and visitors.

There are no objectives related to this policy that further this particular goal.