- Paths between dead-end streets. People in "connected" neighborhoods walk three times more often.
- Mid-block crosswalks on long blocks. People walk and bike when it is convenient, efficient, and safe to do so.
- Landscaping and shade. People walk and bike more in cool (in both senses of the word) urban environments. This is especially important on hot Kentucky summer days.
- Traffic calming. People walk and bike when cars slow down. Streets can be designed to make cars take it easy; residential streets shouldn't be drag strips.
- Neighborhood schools. Frankfort is fortunate to have most of its schools close to residential neighborhoods. Connections between them encourage kids to walk and bike.
- Greenways. Green corridors -- like river banks and abandoned rail lines -- offer opportunities for off-street connector paths. Frankfort has several of these corridors. Experience in other cities has shown that building paths through unused corridors increases property values, reduces crime, and encourages walking and biking.
- Compact development. Sprawl discourages walking and biking. Compact development makes destinations closer together, and makes short trips on foot or by bike more interesting.
Nobody knows Frankfort like the people who live here. We worked hard to ensure that our pedestrian and bicycle network was planned by those who will use it for walking and biking. We identified and prioritized projects for our city and county through a series of public meetings and design charettes.
- A project launch meeting happened to be in the midst of a snowstorm that shut down KSU. More than 50 people showed up anyway, and another 30 came the following week.
- More than 70 people participated in at least one of three neighborhood design meetings focusing on central, east, and west Frankfort. Participants gathered around big maps to highlight areas that needed attention. They identified 45 potential projects.
- Teams of volunteers and city staff surveyed each project "on the ground" to determine its feasibility (download assessment form here).
- The WalkBike Frankfort steering committee combed through the evaluation reports to identify 18 high-priority projects.
- The 18 potential projects were presented at a public meeting. Participants identified their favorites. Results were used to create a 'top ten' list.
- A final report and network plan was presented to the city and county governments. The mayor and city commissioners voted unanimously to endorse the report and its recommendations, and to instruct they city grant writer to seek funds for the top priority projects.
- Franklin County fiscal court endorsed the report and its recommendations.
- Bluegrass Tomorrow presented its 2008 "Vision Award" to Franklin County, the City of Frankfort, and WalkBike Frankfort for their collaboration on the pedestrian and bicycle plan.