How to get the city to take action on LMPD impound lot

How do you get the city to take action on LMPD’s impound lot? .1. call the community together .2. get organizations, citizen leaders and businesses to sign on to a Resolution .3. present the Resolution to the mayor and police chief Initial yield? The city tested runoff from the impound lot for the first time in 24 years !!! The resolution …  https://dwlouisville.wixsite.com/impoundmentlot Media coverage...
WAVE TV – Green continues to challenge bike citations

WAVE TV – Green continues to challenge bike citations

Green continues to challenge bike citations Friday, July 29th 2016, 8:27 pm EDT By Josh Cook Jackie Green (Source: WAVE 3 News) LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – He once ran for mayor an now he’s challenging citations in a high-profile case, involving his bicycle. Jackie Green was charged with obstructing a highway and disregarding a traffic light on his bike in November. In his third preliminary hearing Friday his attorney motioned to bring an expert witness to the trial. Green has been offered a plea deal, by pleading guilty to the traffic light charge and paying court fees, to avoid up to 90 days in jail. Green says he’ll fight this until his entire case is dismissed in order to bring justice for all bicycle commuters. “This is bigger than me,” he said. “This is about the safety of cyclists. It’s about cyclists being able to operate on their bicycles in a safe manner, taking measures that increase their safety without fear of wrongful prosecution by the state.” A police officer claims to have warned Green to use the bike lane and subsequently caught him riding through a red light. The case returns to court Sept. 22. Copyright 2016 WAVE 3 News. All...
Beyond Bike Lanes – Community & Safety

Beyond Bike Lanes – Community & Safety

Published in Insider Louisville 12 August 2014 American cities are experiencing a backlash from drivers and pedestrians against bike lanes. Locally, drivers are complaining about the loss of travel lanes on Breckenridge and Kentucky Streets; pedestrians are complaining about cyclists on the Big Four Bridge; and cyclists are complaining about motorists, pedestrians and TARC buses in the bike lanes. We have become squabbling siblings in the back seat, “He’s on my side of the car!” Community is not built by isolating segments of society. Community is built by sharing common space peacefully and safely. The intent behind bike lanes is safety, and road safety is a function of mass and velocity. Remember physics? p=mv? The greater the mass and velocity, the greater the damage when things go wrong on our streets. Our road safety problem is simply one of mass and velocity. Louisville cannot readily change the mass of vehicles on the road. Louisville, however, can limit the velocity of vehicles traveling surface roads inside the Watterson Expressway. Slower, calmer traffic gives travelers more time to assess, more time to decide, more time to react. Slower, calmer traffic diminishes stress. Slower, calm, safe streets benefit the community of pedestrians, wheelchair users, young children in strollers, joggers, skate boarders, cyclists and motorists. Drivers are also more likely to embrace slower speeds for the benefit of the broader community than they are to embrace the loss of travel lanes to cyclists. Reducing the velocity of vehicles traveling surface roads inside the Watterson can be accomplished by eliminating one-way roads, lowering the speed limit inside the Watterson to 20 mph, and increasing...
Surface Parking

Surface Parking

Are surface parking interests blocking downtown redevelopment? Surface parking lots: – decrease commercial & residential densit – decrease the city’s tax base – increase MSD’s combined sewer outlet problems. – increase the urban heat island. – decrease public transit use/development.​ What measures can the city take to make surface parking interests – invest in parking garages? – invest in huge tree canopies over the lots? – invest in solar panel systems over the lots? – sell out to higher redevelopment uses? Image above is of the intersection of First & Main (southern blocks) – over 50% of which are both covered with surface parking...