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Multimodal Streets for All Needs

Create multimodal streets that satisfy all user needs.

A safe, fully-connected multimodal transportation system is not about moving vehicles, but about moving people and supporting the community by improving the quality of life for everyone. Achieving this goal requires all modes of transportation be considered equally during the design of rights-of-way. From the earliest stages of development, it should be acknowledged that bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users and automobile drivers are all entitled to safe and accessible transportation options.

Since 2009, the Centers for Disease Control has strongly advocated for improved multimodal infrastructure, due to the over 100 studies that have shown the strong connection between obesity and automobile dependence. It is not the goal of Imagine Lexington to end car culture, but is absolutely a goal that Lexington become known for its abundant transportation options that encourage safe, healthy behaviors.

Changing behaviors does not happen simply because people know there is a healthier alternative. When each new development incorporates safe and convenient transportation options, and as needed retrofits are completed, the multimodal network becomes more robust and alternative forms of transportation become more attractive. Providing convenient transit options and alternatives makes individual neighborhoods more desirable—and creating neighborhoods that are more desirable makes Lexington more attractive to employers and employees alike.

Action Item(s)

  • Implement Projects from the Lexington Area MPO Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan.

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: B2d

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

GOAL C2: Attract the world’s finest jobs, encourage an entrepreneurial spirit, and enhance our ability to recruit and retain a talented, creative workforce by establishing opportunities that embrace diversity with inclusion in our community.

Objective: C2a

Prioritize the success and growth of strategically-targeted employment sectors (healthcare, education, high-tech, advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, agritourism, and the like), and enable infill and redevelopment that creates jobs where people live.

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.