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Published on Nov 1, 2012
Now that Lower Brownsboro Road has been reconfigured from a four lane road into two directional lanes with a center turning lane, the morning squeeze into downtown is stifling. The afternoon outbound traffic is similarly slow. City officials erased an entire lane of the road for a sidewalk on the north side of a two block stretch. No bicycle lanes were added in either direction. The new sidewalk---touted as necessary for vision impaired residents---is directly across from a parallel sidewalk that could be reached with a simple crosswalk. Voice prompts for visually impaired crosswalks are used on Frankfort Ave. and Bardstown Road. There is very little sidewalk infrastructure heading eastbound from this point all the way to Oldham County. Today's crawling traffic on Lower Brownsboro Road creates more pollution, dissuades unprotected bicyclists from trying to reach downtown, and does not serve the visually impaired. The Kentucky School for the Blind is a half mile away, surrounded by adjacent streets that do not have sidewalks feeding to Lower Brownsboro Road. The entire project was foisted upon the public under false pretenses. Louisville missed another chance to advance safe bicycling by squeezing cars and bikes into a tighter space.