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Bike lanes slated for popular U of L street

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A well traveled stretch of road near the University of Louisville will soon go from two lanes to one, in both directions.

Bike lanes will be painted on Fourth Street between Cardinal Boulevard and Industry Road next month. The lanes will have a buffer on the traffic side and dedicated turn lanes.

The project comes after metro government put a temporary hold on all future bike lanes. Public Works spokesperson Harold Adams says metro council received a lot of complaints after bike lanes were installed on Breckinridge Street and Kentucky Street last month. Public Works is now preparing a presentation about the costs and benefits of the bike lanes, after which the council will decide whether to move forward with city-wide plans.

The project on Fourth Street continues, despite the temporary hold, because it was approved in last year's budget.

"Right now you have bike lanes here, bike lanes there, they're not quite connected yet," he said. "We hope to connect them and encourage ridership."

Ben Botkins of Parkside Bike Shop on Bardstown Road sells a lot of bikes to U of L students. He said the university does a great job of encouraging commuters to bike instead of drive, using incentive programs, bike stations, and dedicated bike parking. He would like to see Louisville be just as supportive.

"Louisville is a biking city, but we could be more of a biking city," said Botkins, acknowledging that city leaders are working toward becoming more pedestrian friendly. "I think it's coming."

Botkins says despite public complaints that very few people are actually using existing bike lanes, he sees the benefit. Botkins says it's a case of 'if you build it, they will come.'

"To get the majority of people that want to ride a bike out and riding with families, they have to feel they have a safe protected bike lane," he said. "Then there will be a major change in commuters by bike."

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