The City of Lexington received a $13,500 grant to purchase up to 32 bicycles to use for youth programs. City staff will use the bikes to organize group rides and lessons for youth at summer camps and after-school programs. Students will learn skills in bike safety and maintenance while gaining experience and developing comfort levels with riding.
“Our city is investing in new trails across the city and we want everyone to be ready to use them,” Mayor Linda Gorton said.
The bikes will also be used in partnership with the Lexington Police Department and the Mobility Safety Program at Safety City. Safety City features a student-sized roadway with traffic lights that students use while driving special cars. Miniature buildings replicating the community make up the “town” of Safety City. It is complete with a police station, restaurant and fire station.
As Lexington continues to add more miles of bike lanes and mixed-use trails, outreach efforts focus on ensuring young people know about road safety and feel comfortable and confident on a bike. Program participants will also discuss the safety of other modes of transportation, such as walking or scootering.
The Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works worked together to apply for the grant funded by the Paula Nye Memorial Bicyclist and Pedestrian Education Grant from the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission .
The grant was established in honor of Paula Nye, Kentucky’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator from 2000-2005. This grant program is funded solely by citizen contributions made by purchasing the special “Share the Road” of Kentucky. To date, the Paula Nye Memorial Education Grant has provided over $390,000 for cycling and walking education programs.