Lexington is making it easier for residents and visitors to walk or bike to attractions, shops and restaurants, with new wayfinding signs downtown. Installation began this week on WalkLEX, a system of pedestrian-focused signage throughout the downtown and Central Business District.
"There is so much to see and do in Lexington, and our vibrant downtown is one reason our city is a special place to live and visit." Mayor Jim Gray said. "With the WalkLEX signs, businesses and restaurants will see more foot traffic, and residents and visitors will discover events and attractions they might otherwise not have known about."
WalkLEX is a joint project of VisitLEX, the Lexington Downtown Development Authority and the Downtown Lexington Corporation. Phase one will include pedestrian-scaled informational and directional signs placed at 25 intersections within walking distance of the Lexington Central Business District. Phase two will include signs at 32 intersections near the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University.
"Our goal is to always provide visitors with an extraordinary experience while in Lexington," said Mary Quinn Ramer, President of VisitLEX. "The new WalkLEX signs will help visitors locate and enjoy the attractions, dining, arts districts and nightlife opportunities located within the downtown area."
Downtown Development Authority project manager Brandi Berryman said WalkLEX is part of a broader initiative called livableLEX. "Our livableLEX initiative aims to develop quality streets and public spaces that are essential to a livable, creative, and vital downtown, and pedestrian wayfinding is one piece of this puzzle."
WalkLEX started as a pilot project initiated in 2013 by Leadership Lexington, with support from the Downtown Lexington Corporation (DLC). Since then, the Lexington Downtown Development Authority , the Downtown Lexington Corporation and VisitLEX have come together to take the project from the pilot stage to a comprehensive, consistent signage program for downtown.
"As downtown Lexington has grown and developed, we saw a need to help connect Lexingtonians and tourists with all of the great places our downtown has to offer," said Andy Shea, Leadership Lexington team chair "Our group researched hundreds of cities and wayfinding setups. By partnering with respected downtown entities, that vision is now a reality."