Signs detail walking distance in minutes to locations
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2015) — To help promote walking around downtown Lexington, Walk (Lexington) this past weekend installed 42 signs that show the distance in minutes, rather than miles, to selected destinations.
The project is a collaboration between Walk [Your City], a civic start-up focused on making cities more livable, and LivableLEX, a new initiative of the Lexington Downtown Development Authority. Signs direct pedestrians to public spaces, attractions, civic institutions, and commercial centers that might be closer than they realized.
“Walkability always ranks as one of the top variables in making a city livable,” said Jeff Fugate, President of the Downtown Development Authority. “Truth is, Lexington is very walkable, but sometimes we don’t realize just how close things are together. These signs are a nice reminder to leave the keys on the desk and walk to lunch or work.”
Walk [Your City] will develop an online toolkit that communities nationwide will be able to use to independently develop their own signs, with the goal of increasing walkability and civic engagement. Feedback from Lexington will help refine Walk [Your City]’s online tools.