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Lots of wheeling planned for Lexington's third annual StreetFest this weekend

File Photo-Lexington StreetFest
Lexington Urban County Government
File Photo-Lexington StreetFest

People are expected to take to the street with rolling in mind this Saturday in Lexington. It will be the third annual StreetFest.

Oliver Lewis Way between West High Street and South Broadway will be closed off from 10:00 a.m. until noon to pave the way for cyclists, scooter riders, skateboarders, as well as skippers, joggers, and walkers. Alternative Transportation Educator Julia Maugans says the event strives to increase comfort levels.

“The goal is to create a good time and to help people feel safe and secure in their ability to traverse the streets of Lexington,” said Maugans.

StreetFest is part of Bike Month. Free bike tune-ups will be available and youth bikes can be checked out on a first-come first-serve basis.

Maugans said there are plans to increase trails and bike lanes in Lexington.

“I think this time last year we had recently completed a road diet which is where you take an existing road and you slim it down and one of the lanes of traffic that you’ve taken has now has' room for a bike lane, so that was done on North Limestone,” said Maugans.

Maugans said efforts continue to increase the accessibility of bicycles and other, as she says, “wheely” forms of transportation. She said one of the important aspects of StreetFest is helping people get in touch with the cycling or alternative transportation communities and accessing those resources.

Food trucks will also be on-site and kids' activities include a hula hoop contest.

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Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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