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New Initiative Seeks to Improve Bicycle, Pedestrian Trails in NKY

A new effort is underway to expand active transportation infrastructure in Northern Kentucky.
 
Tri-State Trails, in partnership with the Devou Good Project, announced Monday that it will launch a new program called Connect NKY.
 
The idea arose following the controversy surrounding a Facebook group called "NKY Hates Bicyclists", which poked fun of and antagonized bicyclists.
 
Connect NKY will be funded privately, and a news release indicated that it will enable individuals, organizations, and cities to improve bike and pedestrian connections in their communities. The initiative will accept proposals to provide technical assistance to pilot a pedestrian or bicycling infrastructure improvement project.
 
“We hope Connect NKY can serve as a model to demonstrate how local governments can better engage the community when planning pedestrian and bicycling facilities,” said Wade Johnston, director of Tri-State Trails at Green Umbrella. “By piloting an infrastructure idea, we get an opportunity to inexpensively see how it works in the real world before investing precious taxpayer dollars to make it permanent.”  
 
Connect NKY is made possible by the generous support of The Devou Good Project. “We’re excited to partner on this innovative project,” said Matt Butler, chair of special projects at the Devou Good Project. “We hope Connect NKY can show Northern Kentucky residents and leaders the tremendous potential we have to become more walkable, bikeable and livable.”  
 
Connect NKY will provide technical expertise of YARD & Company to work with the selected community in engaging, designing, and implementing the tactical demonstration project in spring 2019. Tri-State Trails is hosting a workshop about the Request for Proposals process on February 12 at 4 p.m. at ROAD iD in Covington. Residents, government representatives, and elected officials are encouraged to attend. For more information about Connect NKY, visit ConnectNKY.org.
 
-Staff report
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