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July 10, 2015 - "Safe Passage" Brochures Released
Now that we have a beautiful sidewalk and very well-functioning road diet on Brownsboro Road, the Neighborhood Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Committee has turned to other projects.  On July 10, 2015, we released to the public our Safe Passage Initiative and the the two brochures we created for this project. 

The business version includes details of the rules and regulations that apply to keep the sidewalk clear for pedestrians.  The public version has general information for all users of sidewalks. Click each title to display a PDF of each brochure.  (Note for the visually impaired: these PDF versions are not currently text-readable, but text-only versions are forthcoming.)

This project has brought to the neighborhoods on both sides of Brownsboro Road:
  • Much safer pedestrian, bicycle, and car transit.  40% fewer accidents in the project area as compiled by Louisville Police.
  • More efficient traffic patterns
  • A vibrant business community available to all
The Brownsboro Road Sidewalk and Reconfiguration Project have made Brownsboro Road a 3-lane road -- one center turning lane and two traveling lanes on each side -- with a sidewalk on the north side.  Read 9th District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s description of the project details here

You might ask, "How can removing a lane improve my neighborhood and not cause traffic backups?”  It seems counter-intuitive, but taking away lanes can actually help traffic flow smoother while improving safety for everyone.  Watch a video about road diets here.

Our Community Challenge 

  • Imagine that you live in a Clifton Heights apartment on a cliff overlooking the Kroger store across busy Brownsboro Road.  You need to walk to Kroger to pick up a few items for dinner and a prescription for your child, but you can't even get to the stoplight to cross the four lanes of speeding traffic because THERE IS NO SIDEWALK on your side of the street.
  • Imagine that you are an elderly woman living in Clifton who wants to walk across Brownsboro Road on a beautiful afternoon to get your hair done. But you cannot cross the four lanes of speeding traffic at the light at the bottom of the hill because THERE IS NO SIDEWALK on the other side of the street.
  • Imagine that you are a Clifton resident who is blind and you are running errands. You ask if you can cross at the traffic light at the corner to the businesses across the street. Someone (mistakenly) tells you yes, but when you cross the four-lane road, THERE IS NO SIDEWALK on the other side and you find yourself at the edge of the road with a cliff towering over you. Fortunately, traffic stops long enough for you to make your way back across the street.
These pedestrians and countless others were often effectively barred from doing business on Brownsboro Road because there was not sidewalk on the north side of the road at the Clifton Ave. traffic light.   Read the rest of our Community Challenge printed in the Courier Journal on February 6, 2012. 
Rejected options

Both these options would have been more than twice the cost of the reconfiguration:
  • Cut or blast into the cliff, rejected because deemed too risky to the apartment complex sitting on top of the cliff;
  • Move the entire road to the south to make room for a sidewalk on the north side, rejected because Metro would have to acquire right-of-way that would reduce parking lots for businesses on the south side. 
Ask the Expert

Shawn Dikes, AICP, has been a professional in the transportation field for almost 20 years and is the Chair of the Transportation Committee for the Crescent Hill Community Council, neighboring community to the project. 

He says: “Contrary to the unsubstantiated rumors and misinformation,…. this project is exactly what the community needs and will NOT harm businesses in the area nor significantly impede traffic.”  Read more here

From 9th  District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh
Guest editorial on WDRB41:  http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroCouncil/Members/09/IWantTo/BrownsboroRoadProject.htm