Mayor Greg Fischer andÂ Congressman John Yarmuth have announced new amenities designed to enhance safety for cyclists in Louisville, including the cityâ€™s first-ever bike boxes. Located at the intersections of Adams Street and Story Avenue and Spring Street and Mellwood Avenue, the bike boxes are painted bright green and create a space between vehicles and the crosswalk that allows bicyclists to position themselves ahead of traffic at an intersection.
â€œWe want cyclists to be safe and comfortable when they are out riding on Louisvilleâ€™s streets. This new treatment is a simple way to make bicyclists more visible, reducing issues that can put riders in danger at intersections,â€ Fischer said. â€œWeâ€™ve also added more bike symbols and shared lane markings on several streets. I hope it will encourage more citizens to get on their bikes and enjoy the health benefits that come with riding.â€
â€œWith more than 150 bicycle traffic collisions and up to three cyclist deaths each year in Louisville, we must do more to promote basic safety on our roadways,â€ Congressman Yarmuth said. â€œThe tools weâ€™re deploying today are designed to improve safety for responsible cyclists and ensure that motorists have an easy and more reliable way to share the road.â€
In addition to bike boxes, the following treatments were added: Poplar Level Road- bike symbols, 8th Street- bike symbols and shared lane markings, Jefferson Street- shared lane markings, Market Street- shared lane markings, West Main- shared lane markings, Bank Street -shared lane markings, 2nd Street- shared lane markings, Johnsontown Road- shared lane markings
These improvements were funded with federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) dollars, which require a 20% local match, with a total cost of just over $125,000. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet was also a partner in this project, assisting with installation of the markings on state-owned roadways.