Ensure all social service and community facilities are safely accessible via mass transit, bicycle, and pedestrian transportation modes.
While connectivity and accessibility are important for all places within the community, they are especially vital for the places that provide services to our more vulnerable populations. A great many people that require social services rely on alternative forms of transportation aside from single-occupancy vehicles.. The connections between those modes of transportation and the services and facilities themselves can make receiving services easier for these populations.
All community and social service facilities should be accessible via sidewalks and should be within easy walking distance of a transit stop or shelter. For cyclists, they should also include adequate “end-of-trip” facilities such as lockers and racks. Lexington’s community service providers should labor to improve their sites and facilities, and new locations should incorporate these standards into their plans. If a transit line does not serve these sites, discussions with LexTran should be initiated to ensure safe access. Properties owned by the city should all be improved in this manner.
In addition to on-site improvements, the linkages to other common destinations should also be considered.