Building and designing roads to accommodate all users is a concept known as complete streets. Complete streets can increase opportunities for people to safely exercise on streets in their communities. A complete streets approach does not mean that every road must have a sidewalk or bicycle lane as different contexts may require different elements.
While complete streets legislation failed to pass during the 2008 and 2012 Kentucky General Assembly, some communities in Kentucky are joining the complete streets movement:
- Louisville adopted a complete streets ordinance in 2008;
- Lexington revised all design manuals to incorporate a complete streets approach;
- Berea has taken many steps to become more bicycle and pedestrian friendly;
- Ashland is working to adopt a complete streets ordinance; and
- Several Northern Kentucky communities are adopting the complete street approach.
- Kentucky Youth Advocates provides trainings to local communities on complete streets. Contact Lacey McNary at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to set up a training in your community.
- 2011 Kentucky Complete Streets Toolkit for local advocates interested in working on complete streets in their communities.
To learn more about complete streets, visit the National Complete Streets Coalition at http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/complete-streets.