Slow Ride to Look at Bike Infrastructure Impact in Newport

Advocates for better bicycle infrastructure in Newport will take to the streets on Tuesday for a "slow ride".

The slow ride starts at 5:30 p.m. at Bernadette Watkins Park at West Sixth and Patterson streets.

The purpose of the ride is to allow individuals to experience current roadway conditions on a bike. That perspective will inform which route is selected for a bike lane demonstration project scheduled to take place from September 6th through the 15th. 

Connect NKY is hosting the effort.

“Our vision for Connect NKY is to show that Newport has tremendous potential to become a bike-centric community,” said Rachel Comte, chair of the Connect NKY steering committee. “We believe everyone should feel safe in making the choice to bike for transportation or for recreation on the streets of Newport.” 

“Cities around the country have proven that on-road biking facilities can create a safer roadway for bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers,” said Wade Johnston, director of Tri-State Trails at Green Umbrella. “By piloting a bike lane, 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 presented by Tri-State Trails and made possible through support by The Devou Good Project. In March of 2019, ReNewport, Southbank Partners, and the City of Newport were awarded this technical assistance grant through a competitive process. 

-Staff report

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