October 12-20, 2019

building demand for bike infrastructure in Newport, Kentucky

Want to build a bike lane?

We could use your help installing temporary bike lanes in Newport on October 12!  Below are some examples of what we will be painting on several streets to improve road safety for bikes and pedestrians.

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Contact: Rachel Comte, Connect NKY Chair

Connect NKY Newport Bike Lane Demonstration Project

October 12, 2019

9 AM - 3 PM

About Connect NKY

With its relatively flat topography, dense urban layout, and destinations in close proximity to residential areas, the City of Newport has the potential to become a true bike-centric community. However, bike lanes, trails, and other facilities are critical to creating a safe environment to encourage everyday riders and show that bikes belong in Newport.

That's where Connect NKY comes in. Connect NKY is a privately funded challenge that enables individuals, organizations and their respective cities to actively improve bike and pedestrian connections for their community. Connect NKY is presented by Tri-State Trails and made possible through the generous support of The Devou Good Project. In March of 2019, ReNewport, Southbank Partners, and the City of Newport were awarded this technical assistance grant through a competitive process.

Over the coming months we invite you to help us explore options for safe on-street bicycle routes in Newport to easily connect to everyday locations like grocery stores, schools, the library, and more. Through a series of community slow rides and meet-ups with residents, we will develop a plan to build out a temporary, week-long community event that will take place October 11-20, 2019. This process is to as “tactical urbanism” where low cost, temporary measures are taken to test bike infrastructure. The goals of this event are to:

  1. Give people a safe, comfortable space to try biking for one week for everyday errands and school commuting.
  2. Give leadership an opportunity to see and explore various options for possible future bike infrastructure.
  3. Promote biking as a financially feasible and healthy mode of transportation for all Newport residents.

While this project encourages biking through the installation of a temporary route and program, and with it art and placemaking, the ultimate objective is to use this shared experience to inform more permanent street investments in the future.

Connect NKY Mini Demonstration at Newport National Night Out

Connect NKY Slow Ride #2

Get Involved

Connect NKY’s Steering Committee is actively seeking community residents, business owners, volunteers, sponsors, advocates and other community organizations to get involved in the creative and successful buildout of this event.  Here are some ways you can help:

  1. Participate in a slow ride to help us identify opportunities and challenges for bicyclists.
  2. Volunteer to help us install the project buildout in September. Sign up for email updates below.
  3. Share your feedback with us via this link.
  4. Become a project sponsor to help fund the buildout in September. Contact wade@greenumbrella.org to learn more.

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