A Request for Proposals for game-changing, community-powered infrastructure in Northern Kentucky. 

The tri-state region and Northern Kentucky, in particular, are underserved by safe and well-connected bicycling infrastructure. Generally speaking, our roadways are designed predominantly for cars, leaving all other users (bikes, pedestrians, transit riders, etc.) wanting for an equitable share of the street. 

In spite of this deficit, a large number of riders brave the current conditions.They ride both known and hidden routes on streets with cars, through alleyways, across parking lots, and along sidewalks. More people would feel comfortable making the choice to ride a bicycle for transportation if better infrastructure existed. 

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. Government entities and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to submit a proposal to receive technical assistance to pilot a pedestrian or bicycling infrastructure improvement.

The goal of Connect NKY is to advance safe, supportive, and equitable infrastructure through a community-powered process of testing and building more people-centric infrastructure. This process, typically referred to as Tactical Urbanism, has been successfully used around the world to rapidly and inexpensively prototype new street configurations that better serve the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists. In turn, this process can inform permanent investment.  

Connect NKY is organized and led by Tri-State Trails and made possible by the generous support of The Devou Good Project.  Connect NKY will provide technical expertise of YARD & Company to work with the selected community in engaging, designing, and implementing the tactical demonstration project in spring 2019.

Connect NKY Project Partners


Learn More

Technical Assistance Session - by appointment only

February 19, 2019 - 3-7 PM

Wooden Cask Brewing Company: 629 York St, Newport, KY 41071

Email wade@greenumbrella.org to schedule an appointment.

Connect NKY 2019 Schedule

February 1 - RFP released

February 12 - RFP Workshop at ROAD iD

February 19 - Technical Assistance Session 

March 1 - Proposal Submission Deadline

March 15 - Shortlist interviews, if necessary

March 25 - Announcement of winner


Below are some resources to help you prepare a compelling proposal:

Connect NKY one-pager

RFP Workshop presentation


What is 'tactical urbanism'?

Tactical urbanism is a city, organizational, and/or citizen-led approach to building using short-term, low-cost, and scalable interventions that catalyze long-term change. See our RFP Workshop Presentation (left) for some photos, examples, and ideas.

Should proposals be limited to off-road or on-road facilities?

Your proposal can include facilities on-road, off-road, or some combination of the two. The route should be physically ready for intervention (i.e. we don't have to lay pavement for your project to work).

What scale of project should my proposal focus on?

Routes that are around 2,000 to 4,000 feet in length will be best suited for Connect NKY's tactical urbanism intervention.

Visit back here to view responses to other Frequently Asked Questions.

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