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Multimodal & Mixed-Use Community

Continue to create a true multimodal and mixed-use community with safe and quality access to community facilities, greenspace, employment, neighborhoods businesses, shopping, and entertainment.

Walkscore is a website that scores neighborhoods based on a formula that assesses a neighborhood’s walkability, bikeability, and multimodal service on a scale from 1 to 100. In reviewing local Lexington scores, some areas scored much higher in walk and bike scores than others. For example, Aylesford Place-Woodland Park has a walk score of 85 and a bike score of 90. Downtown has a walk score of 88 and a bike score of 83. Columbia Heights has a walk score of 85 with a bike score of 92. University of Kentucky's walk score is 80, and bike score was 89, and most errands can be accomplished on foot. These are examples of neighborhoods in Lexington that are very walkable.

However, overall Lexington received a Walk Score of 34, a Transit Score of 25, and a Bike Score of 44. These numbers indicate that the city is car-dependent and that most errands require a car. Though the website may have included the rural area, thereby skewing the results to the non-walkable side, it still indicates that there is plenty of room to improve in this area.

Walkability is important for many reasons. Walking to amenities, employment, etc. from home is good for the environment, public health, and personal budgets, also, a walkable communities drive real estate values higher. Studies also indicate that millennials want to be able to walk or bike to work, restaurants, and retail. According to Smart Growth America’s “Foot Traffic Ahead: 2016”, the most walkable urban metros are also the most socially equitable, since the better access to employment and lower transportation costs (no car expense) offset the higher costs of housing.

In addition to providing a walkable and bikeable environment, it is important to also increase the level of service for our transit operations. The best way to do this is to increase ridership and make land use decisions that put people near the areas that are most easily served by transit, and encourage transit-oriented development patterns along our major corridors. This will be studied through comprehensive corridor studies executed through a partnership between Long-Range Planning and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) referenced elsewhere in this plan.

Goals and Objectives

GOAL A3: Provide well-designed neighborhoods and communities.

Objective: A3a

Enable existing and new neighborhoods to flourish through improved regulation, expanded opportunities for neighborhood character preservation, and public commitment to expand options for mixed-use and mixed-type housing throughout Lexington-Fayette County

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 A4: Address community facilities at a neighborhood scale.

Objective: A4a

Incorporate schools, libraries, and other community-focused educational institutions into neighborhoods in order to maximize safe routes for all pedestrians and bicyclists.

Objective: A4b

Plan for equitable and accessible social services and healthcare facilities that address the needs of all residents, maximizing the opportunity to reach geographically underserved areas throughout the community.

Objective: A4c

Establish and promote road network connections in order to reduce police, EMS, and fire response times.

GOAL B2: Reduce Lexington-Fayette County’s carbon footprint.

Objective: B2c

Provide incentives for green building, sustainable development, and transit-oriented development with civic agencies leading by example through the use of green building standards.

Objective: B2d

Prioritize multi-modal options that de-emphasize single-occupancy vehicle dependence.

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.

Objective: D2a

Encourage public safety and social sustainability by supporting Secured-by-Design concepts and other policies and programs for the built and natural environments of neighborhoods to help reduce opportunities for crimes.