The City of Bowling Green has partnered with The Barren River District Health Department (BRDHD) and other agencies for a ‘Public Health for a Healthy Communities Pedestrian Plan’ Level 2 Mini Grant of $3,000 for a Pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan for prioritized small areas within the West End Neighborhoods of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Within the West End, many sidewalks have been constructed, Greenway trails are located nearby, and three transit routes provide transportation to other parts of the City. There are significant gaps in the infrastructure that prevent residents from safely walking or riding a bicycle to daily destinations and transit stops, including schools, shopping, work, parks and other places. This mini grant will be used to hire a consultant to undertake an engineering analysis and GIS map of existing conditions and planned improvements for sidewalks in the West End with overall coordination and guidance provided by the project team. This goal of this plan will be to connect these gaps for a safer, more walkable West End.
In addition to an engineering analysis and the use of GIS maps, the input of West End residents will be sought to get a better perspective on needs. The majority of West End residents are renters who struggle with the demands of daily life and working to pay for basic needs such as housing, food and transportation. Because of this, attendance at traditional public meetings would be minimal. Project partners will utilize existing collaborative relationships with organizations and individuals in the neighborhoods, and will take advantage of locations and events where people are already gathered such as schools, churches and community events to get input.
This project will result in the development of a “Mini Bike-Pedestrian Plan” for the West End neighborhoods in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with public input that will support additional development in the future.
The first event, the stakeholders Open House, takes place on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 4-6 pm in the library at Dishman McGinnis Elementary School, 375 Glen Lily Road. You can also find the event at www.facebook/barren.district.