“Complete streets” is a term describing roads that allow safe and convenient travel for everyone who uses them and for all modes of transportation. These streets have crosswalks, accessible sidewalks, and bicycle lanes that make it easy to walk to the store, bike to work, or cross the street to and from a bus stop. Complete streets policies require that every future road construction and reconstruction project makes a street safe and comfortable for all users—kids, families, older adults, or people with disabilities—whether they are walking, pushing a stroller, using a wheelchair, riding a bike, driving a car, or taking public transportation.
Safety – Building streets with sidewalks and bike lanes can lead to fewer collisions and injuries between cars and people walking or biking.
Health – People who live in walkable neighborhoods are more physically active and more likely to be at a healthy weight.
Economic – When people can easily walk, bike, and shop in their neighborhood, it benefits the local economy.
In 2008, Louisville adopted a complete streets ordinance. In 2016, Move Louisville embraced Complete Streets improvements to make Louisville’s streets safer and easier to get around and Complete Streets became part of our city’s vision for our future in Plan 2040. It’s time we bring the current policy to meet national standards by including transparency, public input, and a focus on equity to ensure complete streets in every neighborhood.
Our coalition seeks to improve Louisville Metro’s Complete Streets Policy in the following ways:
Promote equity by prioritizing complete streets improvements in neighborhoods that have seen under investment in the past and where residents are less likely to own or travel by car
Explicitly state that complete streets accommodate all ages and abilities
Create an advisory body for complete streets to encourage community input
Ensure transparency through annual public reporting
Create performance measures to track progress of development and equitable investment of resources
Improve neighborhood connectivity by enabling access to destinations such as schools, parks, and grocery stores.