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Louisville adding 40 miles of new bike lanes

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Bike Lane at Breckinridge and 4th Streets Bike Lane at Breckinridge and 4th Streets
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville now has more bikes lanes and less room for drivers. At 4th and Breckinridge Streets, a new bike lane was just put in last week. Drivers are still getting accustomed to it -- and some are not happy.
 
"They mark them differently in different areas of the city," said John Anderson. "It makes it a little confusing."

And he's not the only driver that's confused. Lots of people have been driving in the bike lanes.

Jack Pace, a crossing guard for Presentation Academy, sees the new bike lanes as a danger.

"Here they don't know whether to turn left from the middle lane or turn left from this lane and they're gonna get a T-bone here," Pace said. "Those are some of my major concerns and I've got to get girls across and back."
 
Dirk Gowin, the city's Bicycle-Pedestrian Project Coordinator, will join hundreds of others on Bike to Work Day this Friday.

He is aware of some of the safety concerns with people driving in the bike lanes.

"It's completely dedicated to the bicycles," Gowin said. "That's part of the education. I'm sitting here thinking that I'm going to have to ask for enforcement and then if it continues, to start ticketing."
 
Federal funds have paid for some of the bike lanes. Gowin says last year Mayor Greg Fischer allotted $300,000 for the project and expect to see 40 new miles of bike lanes through 2015. But some drivers are concerned about one less lane for cars.

"In peak hours, there are as many as three lanes for people," Gowin said. "There really is not a need for that many lanes. So, we looked at it very carefully and by removing the lane, it slows cars down."

Most of the city's bike lanes are within a 3-mile radius of Downtown Louisville. The city's Bike Master Plan has goals of increasing bike activity through 2030 and reducing the number of cyclists killed and injured by motorists.

The plan expands the bicycle system to over 550 miles with a total cost of $50 million.

Pace says he doesn't see a need for the bike lanes.

"It's a disaster," Pace said. "I've been here since 6:30 this morning, and from 6:30 to 9:30 this morning, (there were) a total of five bikes and one was on the other side of the street. All of that for this."
 
"This week, we're working to get Kentucky [Street] done as well, so we have an East-West connection that connects us all the way from Baxter to 8th Street," Gowin said.

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Info about Bike to Work Day from Louisville Metro Government:

Meet & Ride Locations on Bike to Work Day Friday, May 30th
The official Louisville Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 30. The Meet & Ride locations feature parking if you are driving and will allow you to ride with other riders and ride captains from Bicycling for Louisville! Riders must have a helmet. You can also will meet to ride home at Fourth Street Live! at 5:15pm.

Seneca Park
Seneca Park Meet & Ride (PDF)
Meet at the basketball court parking lot, just west of the tennis courts at 7 a.m.

Iroquois Park Meet and Ride
Meet at the Amphitheater parking lot at 7 a.m.

Shawnee Park Meet and Ride
Meet at the Southwestern and Broadway entrance at 7 a.m.

Southern Indiana Meet and Ride
Meet at the bottom of the ramp on the Indiana side of the Big 4 Bridge at 7:30 a.m.

Tyler Park Meet and Ride
Meet at the tennis courts along Baxter Avenue at 7 a.m.

Bike to Work Day Celebration
Celebration at 4th Street Live! Join Bike Louisville at noon on Friday, May 30th at 4th Street Live! to meet up with other commuters, learn more about bicycle commuting, visit with vendors and just celebrate the bicycle! And one of the lucky bike to work day registrants will win a new, fully-loaded commuting bike from Parkside Bike Shop-- no purchase necessary! We will also be drawing for other prizes!

Map of Louisville Metro Bicycle Network before 2013

Map of what's new for Louisville Metro Bicycle Network in 2014

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