Campus to Commons Trail Connectivity Study

Campus to Commons Trail


This connectivity study involves several partners:

– Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

– Lexington Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG)

– University of Kentucky (UK)


The study will explore options for building a continued shared-use trail along the Virginia/Red Mile/Forbes corridor. A shared-use trail would connect UK’s campus at Virginia Avenue and Limestone Street all the way north near the intersection of Forbes Road and Leestown Road.


Right now, there are few direct connections between New Circle Road and Oliver Lewis Way. In the MPO’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, the Virginia/Red Mile/Forbes corridor is named as a critical link for biking and walking. UK’s Bicycle Master Plan also identifies a stretch of Virginia Avenue as needing to be more bike-friendly and walkable. The whole corridor changes character as it passes through different neighborhoods and business areas. This study will consider how to best accommodate the shifts and different uses.


We know from recent public outreach efforts that the community wants more choices for getting around. In general, most people think walkable, bikeable, and connected streets should be a priority. This trail study is part of the big picture effort to achieve this. There is student housing, single-family housing, commercial business, and industry along this corridor. There will also be new development as UK and the city continue to grow. We want to enhance safety and accessibility so that this area and our whole community can thrive!



The Campus to Commons Connectivity Study is part of a larger effort to improve biking and walking in the Lexington area. Check out the resources below for more context!

Lexington Area Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan (2018):

The vision of this plan is to have a complete network of high-quality walkways and bikeways. This network will make valuable connections across the area. It will help encourage behavior change and support economic growth.

Ride Blue University of Kentucky Bike Master Plan (2021):

This plan includes recommendations to increase bicycling and other modes of “active transportation.” The goal is to create a world-class experience on campus!

Red Mile Development Plan
Red Mile Development Plan (2009):

This document outlines groundwork needed to continue enhancing the Red Mile corridor. Potential future development would support the existing racetrack. The plan also describes compact, mixed-use development that will serve the surrounding neighborhoods.

Connect East Lex Final Report Cover
Connect East Lex Trail Study (2023):

This study is part of the same effort to plan and build a complete trail network. It shows recommendations for how best to connect the Brighton Trail in Hamburg to downtown Lexington. It also shows potential designs for the trail and critical intersections.

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