Cycling advocate takes stand against Mayor's bike lane plan

Published: Aug. 12, 2014 at 4:34 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2014 at 4:34 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A long-time cycling advocate says the Mayor's initiative concerning bike lanes in Louisville is all wrong.

Jackie Green, who is also a write-in candidate for Louisville mayor, is taking a stand against Mayor Greg Fischer's plans to make the city more bike-friendly.

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Green released a statement Monday which read in part:

“Louisville's focus on bike lanes is too narrow (considers only cyclists), too divisive (pits motorists and pedestrians vs cyclists), too restrictive, too maintenance intensive, too weak on return-on-investment, and too 1990s. Embrace lower speed limits today as part of Louisville's future as a pedestrian/cycling/public transit friendly city with greater density, more trees and fewer surface parking lots.

Green says Fischer should focus more on slowing down cars to make the streets safer for everyone and he does not support the bike lanes he's seen so far.

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