Communities that are walkable and have well-integrated bike facilities have been shown to have stronger local economies, better air quality, improved public safety and citizens that are more active both socially and physically. Over the last decade, the MPO has increased its emphasis on bicycle and pedestrian planning, projects and programs to improve livability and provide sustainable transportation options.
The MPO’s Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP) was developed in 2007 and provides an extensive review of existing facilities, plans, polices and programs. The plan’s recommendations guide how bicycle & pedestrian projects are selected and implemented. Since the Plan’s adoption, the network of bicycle facilities has doubled in mileage. Pedestrian infrastructure has also increased both in terms of sidewalk mileage and the provision of safer crossings. The BPMP also laid the foundation for the “Complete Street” philosophy and approach to transportation investment outlined in the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan which includes designing roads for safe travel by all modes and all people, regardless of age or ability, and increasing our investments in multi-modal facilities.
In the MPO area, the mileage of bike lanes and shared use trails has continued to grow over the last 10 years, increasing to over 47 miles, or about 5 miles added per year. In 2010, almost 20 miles were added to the bicycle network when the US 68/Harrodsburg Road Trail and Phase 1 and 2 of the Legacy Trail were completed.
The MPO has worked to facilitate a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian program that includes funding for projects, program staffing, a facilities plan, promotion and educational programs, and encourages the enforcement of laws and regulations. In 1999, the MPO established the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) to provide guidance on bicycle and pedestrian needs and projects in the MPO region. As a result, bicycle and pedestrian facilities are now routinely included in roadway improvement projects and more funding has been allocated for bike and pedestrian projects. In addition, a Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator position was established in 2003 to advocate for, and work to address bicycle and pedestrian issues in the MPO area. The MPO staff and BPAC members work together to encourage more bicycling and walking, increase safety and distribute information through various media and community events. The BPAC is made up of a combination of citizens and local and state government representatives and is always open to and seeking public input.
View our BPAC Agendas and Minutes
Attend a BPAC meeting
Visit our bike/walk pages on www.moveitpeople.com
May is National Bike Month. Visit www.BikeLexington.com to learn of upcoming bike friendly events
Contact Scott Thompson, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator by Phone: 859.258.3160 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are considering walking or biking for commuting, for recreation or as a way to stay fit, we have gathered a number of local resources including maps, tips and rules of the road at www.moveitpeople.com.