The University of Kentucky’s (UK) 900-acre campus in Lexington features extensive bicycle infrastructure, programs and initiatives, which has earned the University a Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly University status from the League of American Bicyclists. With a desire to level-up, the University called on Gresham Smith to explore opportunities for improvements that will enable UK to become a Platinum-Level Bicycle Friendly University. During the multi-phase master planning process, Gresham Smith’s team will assess the University’s current network and offer a variety of design solutions that will enhance how students, faculty and staff move through campus. The team will then engage with the community to gather feedback on which design solutions will make cruising through campus a natural choice. The final master plan will serve as a roadmap for prioritizing bicycle infrastructure and programming in UK’s capital improvement projects.


University of Kentucky


Lexington, KY


acre campus




final master plan

Understanding Current Conditions

Understanding Current Conditions

The first phase of the project will focus on assessing the University’s current network, which includes the Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library facility and services, high-quality bike racks, fix-it stations, and an indoor bike room equipped with showers and lockers. In addition to their own site visits and bike rides through campus, the Gresham Smith team will engage with advisory committee members, students, faculty and staff to learn about their experiences with the facilities and how they decide to walk, bike, ride the bus or drive across campus.
Developing Design Options

Developing Design Options

UK’s campus is already bike-friendly, but Gresham Smith sees an opportunity to make it bicycle-first. After assessing the existing network and infrastructure, the project team will offer a variety of context-sensitive design solutions to take the campus’ facilities to the next level, such as dedicated bike paths and lanes, shared-use trails, improved signals and signage and increased access to the City of Lexington’s bicycle network. Once they have developed design alternatives, the team will collect feedback from the campus community through online maps and surveys, interactive workshops, pop-up installations along heavily traveled corridors and virtual reality demonstrations.
One Final Vision

One Final Vision

During the final phase of the project, Gresham Smith will incorporate community feedback into the master plan, which will serve as a roadmap for prioritizing bicycle infrastructure and programming in capital improvement projects. The firm will also work with the University to achieve Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly University status from the League of American Bicyclists, attracting students and faculty worldwide to learn, research and collaborate together on UK’s beautiful, easy-to-navigate campus.

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Mike Sewell, P.E., LCI
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