Join transport services for the unveiling party of Ride Blue: Britain’s master plan for bicycles
LEXINGTON, Kentucky (December 7, 2021) — The University of Kentucky has finalized its plan to take campus cycling to the next level.
You are invited to join the celebration with staff from UK Transportation Services, as well as consultancy firm Gresham Smith, for an evening of unveiling where you will find out the details in a relaxed environment and can ask questions.
The reveal party is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. on Monday, December 13 at the Cornerstone Exchange ESports Theater, located on the first floor of the Cornerstone Garage. Enjoy free food from UK Dining and experience first-hand the UK’s roadmap to improving and encouraging cycling as a transport choice, with the aim of moving the university towards a Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly designation Campus.
Work on the Ride Blue plan began in earnest in early 2020 when the university contracted Gresham Smith to develop a comprehensive guide. The plan is far-reaching; he reviewed the existing conditions for cyclists on campus and ultimately compiled a master list of potential improvements.
“The result is a holistic set of recommendations and breakthrough priority projects designed to increase the number of people on and around campus who view cycling as a safe, efficient, and desirable transportation choice,” according to the document.
Advance planning efforts and community engagement played a big role in its creation. Input from the UK community was solicited through a variety of methods including an interactive website, wiki map, virtual bike tour and targeted email and social media campaigns. Stakeholder workshops were also held, in addition to interactive virtual student forums.
This process resulted in a document that identifies 10 high profile UK specific cycling projects, as well as 10 UK community partnership projects. These individual projects will be highlighted during the unveiling evening.
“I am thrilled to see our vision for a safer and more accessible campus come to life in this document, which reflects all of the feedback we received from students, employees and community members,” said Sandra Broadwill, UK. Head of Alternative Transportation at Transportation Services. “We know that many more people have turned to cycling as a hobby during the pandemic, and we hope that we can improve our infrastructure to the point that these people will see travel on two wheels as a desirable option for transport, not just for recreation. And what better than a party to celebrate our vision of the future? »
Join Transportation Services on December 13 to find out what awaits you for cycling on campus!
If you want the details but can’t join the party, read the full plan on the UK Transportation Services website.