Walkable, bikeable, and regional

Dozens of state, regional, and federal DOT leaders stop in Newport KY on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017.

Dozens of state, regional, and federal DOT leaders stop in Newport KY on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017.


Northern Kentucky leaders including the Mayor of Newport KY Jerry Peluso, County Commissioner Tom Lampe, and Executive Director of the Regional Smart Cities Initiative Zack Huhn met with USDOT, state DOT, and regional leaders from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Council of Governments about integrating bikeable solutions into smart city transportation planning as they passed through Newport KY on Tuesday August 1st. Yay Bikes! hosted the smart city bike tour. Southbank Partner's President Jack Moreland was also there and spoke about the $21 million in grants he has helped win focusing on using walkable and bikeable infrastructure plans as economic development drivers.

In Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky, the Cincy Red Bike Program literally goes beyond municipal boundaries, over bridges, and across state lines. Here in Newport, bikeshare programs and paths promote sustainable mobility, and smart city kiosks (smartLINK’s) create solutions across the smart city spectrum driven by an ad share revenue model with the city that is already profitable. In October, smartLINK will present another check to the city as a part of the program’s revenue share program. These funds will support other smart city deployments. The initial smart city project in Newport was to defeat the digital divide in local school districts and business districts. And that effort is well underway.
— Zack Huhn, Regional Smart Cities Initiative

Bikeable cities are workable and livable. They promote local businesses, social capital, and belonging. They are proven to create more interactions for residents and guests with storefronts. A study of greater Portland also found that bicycling customers spend more per month. “Customers who arrive by automobile spend the most per visit across all of the establishments, but cyclists spend the most per month,” writes Kelly Clifton of Portland State University. “These results suggest that marketing to cyclists is likely to generate a positive expenditure return for business in the right context.” And according to Zack Huhn, significantly boosts resilient local economies in our cities and town centers. This resiliency is people centric. Biking in cities is often times free or affordable. And when executed well, bikeable infrastructure should promote bike ownership as well as bike sharing programs.


  • Increases overall health and wellness of participants by encouraging physical activity realize decreases in heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and depression.

  • Improves mobility and access for residents regardless of socioeconomic or geographical barriers

  • Allows for greater connectivity between various transit modes

  • Provides an affordable alternative to other transit systems and also prove to be a great solution for one-way trips and trips between transit hubs and local businesses

  • Boosts retail exposure and home values

  • Reduces parking demands

  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions

  • Reduces traffic congestion


Bike share systems, if not properly researched, planned for and marketed to communities, can experience challenges in rider adoption. So community engagement and sound planning is critical. The Smart Regions Conference will feature inventions, innovators, and implementation strategies that will improve our quality of life. Get a glimpse of the technology and solutions that will shape our future. The Smart Regions Conference will be held Oct. 25 at BB&T Arena, located on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.

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