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Multimodal Access Equitability

Provide equitable multimodal access for those who do not drive due to age, disability, expense, or choice.

Mobility, social interaction, and physical activity enhance the quality of life of children, the aging population, persons with disabilities and the economically disadvantaged. The removal of barriers to independent travel reduces the need for more costly alternatives such as paratransit, private transportation services, and ‘hazard’ busing for school students. Accessibility to transportation options is an equity issue; designing streets for only one user group assumes that everyone has access to that mode of transportation. A multimodal approach is preferable, because it allows people of all means and abilities to have viable and connected transportation opportunities.

A successful transportation network connects people to places. Some areas still lack sufficient connections between public streets and building entrances. This inadequacy in meeting Americans with Disabilities Act requirements can affect the ability of some residents to be independent. All new developments and modifications to existing facilities should be designed with these users in mind. Some important considerations in addressing equity:

  • Streets should be designed such that they are safe, enjoyable, accessible and comfortable for ages 8-80 and those with limited mobility.
  • Incorporate design elements that enhance walkability, which include sidewalks wide enough for two people to walk side-by-side, shade from street trees, and short, direct, connected routes.
  • Commercial and mixed-use areas should incorporate narrower streets lined with buildings that have little to no setback, frequent and safe crossings, pleasing furnishings, store fronts, pedestrian scale lighting, and buildings oriented toward and adjacent to the street and sidewalk.
  • Horizontal and vertical scale should be proportioned to the pedestrian when designing streets.
  • The 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan has a design matrix to help with establishing the minimum starting point to inform the decision making process on necessary transportation infrastructure.

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

Objective: B2b

Anticipate the community's needs by encouraging environmentally sustainable uses of natural resources.

Objective: B2d

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

GOAL B3: Apply environmentally sustainable practices to protect, conserve and restore landscapes and natural resources.

Objective: B3b

Identify and protect natural resources and landscapes before development occurs.

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.