UPDATE: October 25, 2019 - Due to the weather forecast, the Bikes on Joe Clifton Drive event that was scheduled for tomorrow is cancelled.
Date of release: October 22, 2019
The City of Paducah in partnership with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), BikeWorld, and NeuroRestorative is celebrating the addition of the first bikes lanes in Paducah. The event, Bikes on Joe Clifton Drive, will be Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. until noon.
During those two hours, bring your bicycle or enjoy a leisurely stroll on Joe Clifton Drive between Jefferson Street and H.C. Mathis Drive. Vehicular traffic will not be permitted on the roadway allowing for a safe environment for people-powered vehicles. A ribbon cutting will be held at noon on Joe Clifton Drive near BikeWorld. Following the ribbon cutting, Joe Clifton Drive will open to vehicular traffic.
Since early September, a contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has been rehabilitating the roadway and adding striping for two outside bike lanes with one vehicular travel lane in each direction and a center turn lane.
Mayor Brandi Harless says, “This community has talked about adding bike lanes for quite a while. Thanks to KYTC District 1 for helping us update our 20-year-old plan so we could make sure bike lanes are included in their work going forward. I am so proud we are moving forward with connecting our neighborhoods and parks with sidewalks and bike lanes.”
According to KYTC, the new traffic configuration on Joe Clifton Drive will provide wider travel lanes, improve traffic flow, and improve safety by reducing the number of rear-end crashes. About 12,500 vehicles travel this section of U.S.45/Joe Clifton Drive in the Carson Park area in an average day. Jim Smith Contracting was the prime contractor on this $1.2 million highway improvement project.
Parking for the Bikes on Joe Clifton Drive event is available at BikeWorld located at 809 Joe Clifton Drive. BikeWorld will be providing bicycles to test ride, demonstrations on trainers that convert a bicycle into a stationary bicycle, and water bottle giveaways. NeuroRestorative will be providing safety information and details about its services.
The addition of bikes lanes on Joe Clifton Drive can be tied to Our Community and the Performance Area, Develop Healthy and Sustainable Neighborhoods, as outlined in Paducah’s Strategic Plan. The outcome for Action Item N-1 is to design and construct sidewalks, pedestrian walkways/bike paths, and/or bike lanes to connect our neighborhoods. Learn more about the Strategic Plan at www.ourpaducah.us.