By Green Umbrella
Published October 31, 2023
The Newport City Board of Commissioners approved plans to increase bicycle safety accessibility in the city, Newport City Manager Tom Fromme said in a press release.
NEWPORT, Ky. — The Newport City Board of Commissioners approved plans to increase bicycle safety accessibility in the city, Newport City Manager Tom Fromme said in a press release.
They voted unanimously Monday evening in favor of The Bicycle Transportation Plan Agreement Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tri-State Trails and the Devou Good Foundation. MOU’s goal is to increase cycling access to businesses and community destinations along with creating a safe, accessible and connected bicycle network throughout the two cities.
“Newport is committed to improving bicycle and pedestrian trails in the city, which is something we are working on right now,” said Newport City Manager Tom Fromme. “The opportunity to develop a broader bike plan with the expertise of Tri-State Trails and the Devou Good Foundation is welcome and appreciated.”
The tragic death of biker and beloved Roebling Point Books and Coffee employee Gloria San Miguel sparked the latest push for change. She was struck and killed in August during a hit-and-run on the 11th Street Bridge between Covington and Newport over the Licking River.
“This is a much-needed plan that is tied to one of the city’s top priorities in the Newport Comprehensive Plan that calls for dedicated bike and pedestrian trails that connect community assets,” said Newport neighborhood activist Rachel Comte. “We want to thank Tri-State Trails and the Devou Good Foundation for putting this framework together.”
According to Fromme, Tri-State Trails will work with Newport and Covington to develop the plan. The Devou Good Foundation will provide funding.
“We strive to promote and develop infrastructure and policies that will eliminate deaths and severe injuries on our roads,” said Devou Good Foundation President Matt Butler. “Through our ongoing partnership with the city of Newport, we are working towards this goal of making our streets safer for everyone.”
Next steps of the plan include: