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KY Bicycle and Bikeway Commission annual meeting Oct. 28-29

Free public meeting offers opportunity to learn what's being done to promote bicycling

By Naitore Djigbenou/Chuck Wolfe

Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission will hold its annual meeting Oct. 28-29 in Berea featuring bicycle and bikeway leaders and advocates. The meeting is open to members of the public interested in learning what's being done to promote bicycling in the commonwealth.

The meeting, which is free, will be held at the Historic Boone Tavern in Berea. The theme is "Trailblazing Kentucky's Bike-Friendly Future." The registration deadline is Oct. 26. Registration can be done online here:

The commission was created in 1992 with the statutory task of representing the interests of bicyclists in advising the Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) on all matters pertaining to the use, extent and location of bicycles and bikeways. It promotes safe biking and the use of bicycles as an alternative mode of travel.

"The popularity of bicycling in Kentucky keeps growing," Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said. "Every year, our hundreds of miles of trails attract bicycling enthusiasts from all over the country. Bike park and trail projects are underway across the state, and a new generation of riders are enjoying the thrills of biking through emerging associations like the Kentucky Interscholastic Cycling League. Our bikeways are an asset to the commonwealth, and the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission continues to be enthusiastic promoter of this activity."

Topics for the conference include the exploding popularity of mountain biking, together with bike parks and bike trails, and promoting community-level adoption of a Complete Streets Policy, under which transportation planners give priority to safer, slower speeds for all roadway users - bikers, pedestrians and transit riders in addition to motor vehicles. The complete agenda is available here.

Kentucky has parts of three U.S. Bike Routes, totaling 856 miles. In addition, communities across Kentucky offer 307 miles of local bike trails and 284 miles of multi-use paths. Thirty Kentucky cities have active bike/ped planning, as do 22 counties and eight area development districts or metropolitan planning organizations.

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