Eventually, the goal of the improved accessibility will tie to bicycle and pedestrian paths on both sides of the river.
In Indiana, the pedestrian and bicycle plan will look to connect to the Ohio River Greenway, which will link Jeffersonville to Clarksville and eventually New Albany. The plans would also connect Jeffersonville to Utica and across the river to Louisville’s network of bicycle and pedestrian paths.
“Once they get across [the river] they’ll have access to 28 miles of contiguous bike trails,” Sizemore said.
Another connection that may improve the bicycle network would be a discussion centering around opening up the K & I railroad bridge to pedestrians. While it is not expected to have a quick resolution, planners are hoping to reach a resolution with the railroad to allow the public to access the bridge.
Sizemore said it would create a nine-mile circuit between the K & I and the Big Four bridges.
“You begin to create a really rich regional network,” he said.
The plan also could be integrated into parts of Mayor Mike Moore’s desire to develop a 23-mile bike and hike loop around Jeffersonville, but Corbin said they are independent projects.
Corbin explained the initial focus of Jeffersonville’s bike and pedestrian plan will start at the Big Four Bridge and nearby areas.
“We want to focus on downtown, but we want to [also] connect to other neighborhoods,” he said.
Corbin said the plan will start with areas directly connected to the Big Four Bridge and radiate out. Part of the reason the focus is set at the bridge ramp is the increased traffic that will result once the Indiana side of the Big Four is completed.
“We’re going to get cyclists on Spring Street,” Corbin said. “It’s going to happen. It’s exciting and scary at the same time to have that influx of new people in downtown Jeff.”