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Louisville’s Vision – weak and self contradictory

Under the mayor’s direction, Louisville launched a Sustainability Plan, Trees Louisville, Move Louisville, Cool502, renewed the city’s commitment to the Climate Protection Agreement and signed Climate Compact of Mayors. Examination of these acts as a  ​unit quickly reveals fundamental and self defeating contradictions and weaknesses (the word ‘acts’ was intentionally chosen). The weaknesses begin with the Sustainability Plan. The Sustainability Plan was immediately upon release ​declared unambitious in scope and timing. ​​Trees Louisville, a non-profit raising money to plant trees, cannot compete with the destruction wrought on forests by ‘developers’​. Nor can Trees Louisville compete with the destruction wrought on urban trees by cars and trucks​. Cool502, the Climate Protection Agreement and the Climate Compact of Mayors​ all three contradict Move Louisville,  the city’s transportation (and land use) plan. This is no surprise as Move Louisville contradicts itself with its ​new Urton Lane ​and​ Oxmoor Farms​ projects bumping up against Move Louisville’s ‘Fix it First’ priority​. Move Louisville’s Urton Lane​ and​ Oxmoor Farms ​projects will result in ​clear cut​ting​ forests and paving fields​ while draining resources that create a more population-dense, walkable and cooler​ Louisville. Move Louisville​ also commits nothing significant to public transit​.​ Several proposals should be adopted and aggressively pursued if the city’s sustainability acts are to move beyond mere play acting. The city should purge the Urton Lane and Oxmoor Farms projects and shift funding from those projects to public transit, concentrating additional TARC service (strategically and temporarily) within the Watterson.  For the sake of ​neighborhoods, ​pedestrians and trees, the city should reduce ​and enforce ​urban speed limits to a safe speed. And the city should lead the community by​ beginning to re​-​purpos​e the city owned surface parking lots as housing, retail,offices, parks, community gardens, solar farms or parking garages. ​ http://www.courier-journal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2016/04/25/mayor-fischer-launches-cool502-effort/83301648/...

Kids speak out on surface parking lots

Listen to these kids!!  https://youtu.be/rKvufzoaC9I Then please sign this petition asking the city to begin redeveloping city owned surface parking lots for housing, retail, offices, parks, community gardens, solar farms or parking garages. http://www.ipetitions.com/…/louisville-metro-government-re-…. The image is of one of the city-owned parking lots. Not the largest, this lot is for city employees only. It is on the south side of Market St, between 6th & 7th...

Letter to US Dept of Transportation re: MoveLouisville

22  April 2016 DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx US Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Ave SE Washington DC 20590 202 366 4000 anthony.foxx@dot.gov Re: MoveLouisville Dear DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx: We wrote to you 9 February 2016, in opposition to Louisville’s Smart Cities Challenge application. We are grateful that Louisville, Kentucky was not chosen as a finalist. Thank you. On 14 April 2016 Louisville released the new transportation for the city, two years late, five years in the making. https://louisvilleky.gov/sites/default/files/advanced_planning/movelouisville_april2016draft.pdf At MoveLouisville’s release Mayor Fischer said we will not pursue light rail because Louisville lacks population density. He said nothing about combating the remote commercial and residential investment which serves only to reduce our population density further. From MoveL’s home page … “Projects like completing the planned extension of Urton Lane from Middletown to Taylorsville Road …will make it easier for people to get around the city and will improve the quality of life in Louisville neighborhoods.” That sentence is a perfect example of how widely MoveLouisville misses the mark. Urton Lane only opens up forests and fields to remote investment, decreasing population density. Remote investment works against achieving the second priority stated by the mayor/MoveLouisville. That stated priority is to reduce the miles driven by Louisville citizens. That priority is achieved by increasing density, investing in public transit and creating walkable communities. Increasing density, investing in public transit and creating walkable communities are inseparable basics in creating a sustainable city. MoveLouisville failed to grasp those basics. MoveLouisville refers to infill and un-locking Oxmoor farms and Urton Lane. The terms clear-cut and pave-over are more appropriate. The city needs...

Re-purpose, re-develop city-owned surface parking lots

The image is of one of the largest city-owned lots. It occupies the entire block between Jefferson and Liberty, 8th and 9th Streets. The lot helps isolate the west end from the rest of the city. Louisville won the distinction of being the nation’s city with the worst infestation of surface parking lots, http://brokensidewalk.com/2016/parking-crater/ ….so we began a campaign asking the city to re-purpose, re-develop city-owned surface parking lots. Four images taken from the top level of a  garage on Jefferson, between 7th and 8th, can be seen on De-Surfaced facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1544867725731584/  .  The images are of:  #1 – one of the largest city owned lots, located between 8th and 9th, Jefferson and Liberty, city employee lot, not public #2 – image taken from same location of image #1, after turning around #3 – another of the largest city owned lots, located behind City Hall, between 6th and 7th, Market and Congress Alley, also city employee lot, not public #4 – image taken from same location of image #3, after turning around Images #2 and #4 illustrate opportunity for usages of greater value than parking cars on top levels of a garage. Plans for media release and event are taking shape.  Fnal touches to a video of kids answering questions regarding surface parking lots are in process. An online petition  is complete, to be launched simultaneously with the video. Conversations paving the way for positive collaboration with PARC and mayor’s office have begun.  The list of Supportive Partners includes: 350 Louisville, Bicycling for Louisville (B4L), Bike Couriers Bike Shops, Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods – University of Louisville, Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation (CART), Louisville Grows, Neighborhood...

WFPL report on Move Louisville

WFPL report on Move Louisville:  http://wfpl.org/louisvilles-new-transit-plan-draws-criticism-from-advocates/ Metro’s Move Louisville home page:  https://louisvilleky.gov/government/advanced-planning/move-louisville Jackie Green’s response to Move Louisville: At MoveLouisville’s release Mayor Fischer said we will not pursue light rail because Louisville lacks population density. He said nothing about combating the remote commercial and residential investment which serves only to reduce our population density further. From MoveL’s home page … “Projects like completing the planned extension of Urton Lane from Middletown to Taylorsville Road …will make it easier for people to get around the city and will improve the quality of life in Louisville neighborhoods.” That sentence is a perfect example of how widely MoveLouisville misses the mark. Urton Lane only opens up forests and fields to remote investment, decreasing population density. Remote investment works against achieving the second priority stated by the mayor/MoveLouisville. That stated priority is to reduce the miles driven by Louisville citizens. That priority is achieved by increasing density, investing in public transit and creating walkable communities. Increasing density, investing in public transit and creating walkable communities are inseparable basics in creating a sustainable city. MoveLouisville failed to grasp those basics. MoveLouisville refers to infill and un-locking Oxmoor farms and Urton Lane. The terms clear-cut and pave-over are more appropriate. The city needs trees. The city needs greenspace. The city is doing an inventory of trees. Yet, the city enables clear cutting and paving over our remaining fields. The reason given for “unlocking Oxmoor  Farm” is “to relieve congestion on Shelbyville Road”. The way to relieve congestion is  to service the corridor with excellent public transit with dedicated lanes. This kind of poor planning and...

Letter to US Dept of Transportation re: Smart City Challenge

9 February 2016 DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx US Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Ave SE Washington DC 20590 202 366 4000 anthony.foxx@dot.gov smartcitychallenge@dot.gov Re: Smart City Challenge Dear DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx: Louisville, Kentucky could be a great city if we correct the local land use and transportation mistakes of the past 65 years.  Unfortunately, Louisville’s Smart Cities Challenge application and plans will only postpone the day we take remedial action crucial to our sustainable future. The Smart Cities Challenge application submitted by Louisville is itself being challenged by local citizens and organizations that find the application to be unrealistic, undemocratic and unambitious. Undemocratic because the application has had no broad public input. Local transportation voices of dissent (voices which advocate more transportation equity, greater public transit, greater CBD and transit corridor density, fewer one way streets, slower traffic, fewer surface parking lots, and a protected tree canopy) have been excluded from the process. Undemocratic because Louisville’s transportation plan, Move Louisville, is years behind in it’s unveiling. It remains a secret kept from the public, though it is cited as a driving force behind Louisville’s Smart Cities proposal. Unrealistic because Louisville, under the excessively lauded leadership of Mayor Fischer, has recently violated the most simple principles in creating a transportation system worthy of a “Smart City”. Though promoting Louisville as “moving forward”, this administration has repeatedly undermined the community by encouraging new exurban development, at the expense of Louisville’s urban core.  This includes: · allowing WalMart to steamroll over our land use guidelines in a neighborhood having the lowest number of drivers per capita. At an intersection where...

Advocates worry that Louisville’s pursuit of $50 million Smart Cities award is ‘hijacking’ local efforts.

“It’s hijacking transportation planning in favor of the automobile industry,” Hixson said. “That’s something most scientists and advocates of sustainable transportation say we need to move away from.” He said CART also wants the city to articulate how Smart Cities will address issues such as climate change, racial segregation, joblessness in low-income areas and access to efficient transportation for the poor. Local advocates are also asking about the status of an overdue study, Move Louisville, a consultant-aided project set up to determine the community’s long-range transportation plans. “Am I worried? No. Am I angry? Yes,” Green said. “It’s just typical, we still don’t have a vision for a foundational issue, which is transportation.” Image: courtesy of Courier-Journal...

Media on bicycling advocate rejecting deals on traffic charges

Image courtesy of WAVE 3 TV http://www.wave3.com/story/31052598/bicycling-advocate-offered-deal-on-traffic-charges http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2015/12/14/biking-advocate-rejects-plea-offer/77309418/ http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/crime/2015/11/13/cyclists-risk-jail-time-not-using-lanes/75723738/...

Cyclist Rejects Court’s Deal

First, the timeline… November 13 – cyclist charged with: 1) Disregarding Traffic Light and 2) Obstructing a Highway… December 14 – Traffic Court –  the defendant rejected the deal offered by the court… January 25 – Pre-Trial Conference –  Prosecution amended the Obstruction charge (???), then, again proposed dismissing the Obstruction charge if the defendant pleaded guilty to the Disregarding Traffic Signal charge, took an online traffic course and paid $179 in court costs. The deal would have achieved two objectives: 1) avoiding a 90 day jail term on the Obstructing a Highway charge and 2) establishing that cyclists do not have to use bike lanes. The deal, however, would have denied the court the opportunity to wrestle with two issues: 1) the laws (Kentucky and Metro) which convey to cyclists the latitude to take measures which increase safety, and 2) the double standard where a motorist who just hit and killed a pedestrian can avoid prosecution on the plea “I did not see the pedestrian”, while a cyclist, pleading “I did not see the light” is prosecuted for moving safely through an intersection unaware of the color of a light… March 10 – Second Pre-Trial Conference – prosecution wants to review dash cam and body...

Reasons you should ride a bicycle

Petroleum Free Transportation

combats global climate change
improves local air quality
leaves no oil on our streets and in our drinking water
keeps local dollars local
frees our military from protecting foreign oil
promotes global peace

Bikes Are

healthy exercise
smart personal economy
great traffic calming influences
family-friendly
not electric (coal-fired) vehicles
fun!