Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Kentucky Heart Foundation and the Ashland Boyd County Health Department as they aim to make streets safer and friendlier to all users of the road. I’ve been so impressed with how the small communities in this area are stepping up and promoting complete streets. Complete streets involve building and designing roads to accommodate all users, and, in turn, can increase opportunities for people to safely exercise on streets in their communities. While complete streets look different in large cities than they do in small communities, every community can adopt complete streets policies and practices that fit their needs and context best.

I had the honor of working on the above educational video on complete streets as part of my work with these communities. You can watch it above or find it online here. I hope you will take a few minutes to learn more about complete streets by watching this video and share it with others.

Kentucky Youth Advocates seeks to educate communities about integrating a complete streets approach and encourages complete streets policy adoption at both the local and state levels. We also provide trainings to local communities on complete streets as we provided in Boyd and Greenup Counties. Contact me, Andrea Bennett, at abennett@kyyouth.org if you would like to set up a training in your community.