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Louisville aims to be more bicycle friendly

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Louisville is on its way to becoming more bicycle friendly.

Metro Council has approved $300,000 for 28 new miles of bike facilities.

The plan is to increase ridership and decrease crashes.

Officials want to get more people cycling and to make paths as safe, comfortable, and useful to as many cyclists as possible.

Metro officials have partnered with Bicycle for Louisville to ask cyclists the best way to achieve that goal by hosting public meetings.

The first one was Wednesday night.

"We understand there's about 60% of the population who are interested in bicycle riding but they don't necessarily feel safe to do so," said Rolf Eisinger, the city's Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator.

Eisinger says there are several reasons Louisville wants to become more bicycle friendly.

One reason is health.

Another is to encourage cycling as another mode of transportation.

"Instead of someone getting in their car and going a half mile or mile, why not be able to provide that opportunity for someone to get on a bike and ride?" he said.

Louisville cyclist Tom Armstrong commutes by bike every day.

He says he doesn't have much trouble getting around.

"Most of the roads are pretty easy to navigate," said Armstrong.

But Armstrong is a very skilled cyclist who's used to keeping up with traffic.

To get more beginners on bikes, he thinks it's going to take some work.

The $300,000 the city has approved for bicycle lane signage and paint for striping is a start.

Armstrong is an advocate for shared roadways over bike lanes.

"The bike lanes tend to teach people that cyclists belong at the edge of the road. The side of the road is where all the debris and junk is. In the traffic lane we're more relevant to road users. We're not ignored. We're safer," he told WDRB.

The additional 28 miles will be concentrated in Old Louisville to connect U of L to downtown.

City officials say under the budget, bike lanes will be added everywhere possible.

They're planning to start striping as soon as this Fall.

There are two more public meetings you can attend.

If you can't attend, you're encouraged to fill out an online survey.

For information on those meetings and a link to the survey, click here.

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