MSD Supports Bike and Pedestrian Improvements
Last August, Gordon Garner, Executive Director of MSD, wrote the following letter regarding the establishment of a bicycle and pedestrian, or multi-modal coordinator for Jefferson County. The letter is informative, and it is no surprise that it comes from Gordon Garner — a long-time supporter of multi-purpose open space corridors, and non-motorized transportation. Gordon has championed the development of trails on many MSD properties, including the Ohio River flood levee. —Editor
August 12, 1999
Honorable David L. Armstrong, Mayor
Re: Advancing Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation
Dear Mayor Armstrong and Judge Jackson:
MSD is committed to the implementation of the Multi-Objective Stream Corridor/Greenway Plan. Recently an opportunity to advance this plan came to my attention.
The Louisville and Jefferson County Bicycle & Pedestrian Circulation Plan was developed with the assistance of KIPDA to encourage the integration of bicycling and walking into the transportation mainstream, to enhance air quality, as required by ISTEA and TEA-21. The National Bicycling and Walking Study, published by the US DOT in 1994, identified two specific goals:
The economic sanctions that Louisville and Jefferson County risk if we slipped into serious non-attainment status for ozone can be averted if we pursue all viable strategies for alternative transportation. Cornerstone 2020 recognizes this need.
TEA-21 (Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century) also requires states and MPOs to carry out a continuing, comprehensive and cooperative transportation planning process with the following results:
The following local plans support bicycle and pedestrian facilities as alternative modes of transportation:
The Louisville and Jefferson County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) was established as a subcommittee of Cornerstone 2020 Mobility Committee in 1993. BPAC guided the Bicycle and Pedestrian Circulation Plan by developing a vision statement, goals and objectives, implementation policies and design standards.
In April 1999, the State earmarked $200,000 per year for the next three years for bike and pedestrian TIP projects. BPAC has since proposed a list of projects. All projects funded from this pot require a 20% local match. That money is, in many ways, only seed money. By anyone’s reckoning, we must move to reach the TEA-21 goals. Identifying other sources of funds and coordinating the numerous agencies with bike, pedestrian and greenway initiatives will require a full-time coordinator. The cities mentioned in this past Monday’s Courier-Journal, as being leaders in this area, each began with a funded coordinator position. A similar position is called for in the Steam Corridor/Greenway Plan.
Given the anticipated long-term return on this investment, BPAC recently voted to recommend the funding of an Inter-Modal Projects Coordinator as soon as possible. Their task group drafted the attached work plan.
Before this position can be realized, a few details need to be decided, specifically, who will put up the 20% match, oversee and provide office space, clerical support, computer equipment, etc, for the position. Options being explored include the City, the Planning Commission, KIPDA, TARC and MSD.
MSD has volunteered to meet those needs. We have space available due to our down-sizing and can easily provide this above support. It is important to note, however, that we propose an arrangement similar to LOJIC. MSD would be responsible for day-to-day coordination, but BPAC or other designate of the City and County would control the agenda. MSD would want the position to support the broader greenways agenda, but that is almost a no-brainer.
MSD will continue to support the City/County agenda to address alternative transportation because it is totally consistent and compatible with the Multi-Objective Stream Corridor/Greenway Plan.
We are agreeable to any scenario for the inter-modal coordinator that furthers our programs as a community.
Gordon R. Garner
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