Suggestions for expanding pedestrian and bicycle travel in Fayette and Jessamine counties have been offered to Lexington’s council.
They’re contained in a draft of the master pedestrian and bike plan.
The plan addresses both sidewalk and bike trail construction issues, but is not restricted to capital projects. Safety measures aimed at reducing pedestrian deaths are also a part of the master plan.
Jennifer Baldwin with Alta Planning and Design says federal dollars are just one source for building new trails.
“People get creative on how you fund projects. It’s a mix of local funding, private investment, federal funding, leveraging development. There’s no one size fits all funding for each project,” said Baldwin. “It’s a strategy.”
Lexington Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Scott Thompson says there’s about 100 miles of bike lanes in Fayette County. The current master plan draft calls for another 150 miles.
In addition to recommendations for new trails and sidewalks, Baldwin told council the plan also addresses policy recommendations like safe routes to school, enforcement activities, and design methods.
Members of the Metro Policy Organization for Fayette and Jessamine counties will consider the final draft in 2018.