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Walkability: the measure of how friendly an area is to walking. Factors influencing walkability include the presence or absences of and quality of footpaths, sidewalks or other pedestrian rights-of-way, as well as traffic and road conditions. The desire for a community to become “walkable” has been steadily growing throughout America.

The City of Bowling Green has been working with various partners over the course of many years to increase the connectivity and walkability of our City. The building of greenways and sidewalks has been funded through a combination of transportation grants, CDBG (Neighborhood Improvement Project) funds, New Sidewalk Program projects, and more.  This large scale project is designed to connect neighborhoods and parks and commercial areas to allow residents to bike and walk to where they live, work and play.

Through the Neighborhood Improvement Program and in partnership with Public Works and Parks & Recreation, Neighborhood and Community Service is helping to add new walking paths and sidewalk to connect neighborhoods in and through Lampkin Park and Pedigo Park.  When all planned projects are completed, residents could walk sidewalk or shared use path from Lee Pointe Apartments on North Lee Drive to Glen Lily Road, from there to North Sunrise either to Pedigo Park or to and through Lampkin Park to Morgantown Road and then to the Walmart at Morgantown Road and Veterans Memorial Boulevard.  New sidewalk, patio area, and a bus shelter were also recently constructed at Reservoir Hill Park.  This new connectivity also means park users will enjoy easier access from existing parking facilities to ball fields, restrooms, and other areas at these parks.

In addition to the Neighborhood Improvement Program, we have seen sidewalks and greenways built or built on Warren Way, North Lee Drive, Crewdson Street, Old Barren River Road, North Sunrise and Woodway Street in the last couple of years.  Other sidewalk projects completed along the way have included Gordon Avenue, Morgantown Road, South Sunrise, West 11th, Pearl Street and more.

The addition of these sidewalks are bringing our community together. Parks and facilities that are now connected include the BG Skate Park, Roland Bland Park, Boatlanding Park, Pedigo Park, Lampkin Park and Preston Miller Park.

Beyond adding and repairing sidewalks, the City has worked hard to improve ADA compliance, increase safety and update crosswalks. We are moving toward a more walkable City. This link https://www.warrenpc.org/bike-ped/ shows the connectivity of multiple areas of town via shared use path, sidewalks and greenways. We hope to continue this growth and connectivity.

For more information on currently funded sidewalk projects, please visit http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/new-sidewalk-program.