Pedestrian Master Plan

Louisville's Pedestrian Master Plan sets forward our vision and goals, provides an overview of existing conditions, explains the planning process that was undertaken to complete the Master Plan, recommends new pedestrian projects and programs, establishes performance measures and sets forward a plan for implementation through the year 2030.


Cover Page

Executive Summary

Chapter 1. Introduction
   Vision, Mission and Goals
   Benefits of Walking
   Developing the Plan
   People in the Process

Chapter 2. Existing Walking Conditions
   Foundations for a Walkable City
   Sidewalk Network
Street Crossings
Accessibility for People with Disabilities
Pedestrian Injury Data
Motor Vehicle Speeds
Pedestrian Safety Innovations

Chapter 3. Recommendations
Recommendation 1: Physical Improvements
Recommendation 2: Policies
Recommendation 3: Pedestrian Programs

Chapter 4. Implementation
Latent Demand Method
Prioritization (Benefit-Cost Index)
Performance Measures
Implementation Schedule and Budget

A. Online Survey Results 
B. Pedestrian Master Plan Implementation Actions
C. LOJIC Population without Vehicles Map
D. LOJIC sidewalk Network for Collector
E. LOJIC Pedestrian Level of Service Grades and Form Districts
F. Complete Streets Policy
G. Review of Prior Neighborhood Plans
H. Potential Funding Sources
I. Latent Demand Technical guide 
J. Bicycle Crash map analysis
K. List of Step-Up-Louisville meetings
L. Step-Up-Louisville’s 2008 Walkability Plan
M. Council District Proposed Sidewalk Network
N. Community Walkability Report Card
O. Current Sidewalks
P. Future Sidewalks
Q. Latent Demand Sidewalks 

Understanding Pedestrian Crashes in Louisville, KY 2006-2010
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The 2010 Louisville Pedestrian Master Plan has two primary goals: (1) to improve and expand current pedestrian deficiencies – by preparing a capital improvement process that enables Louisville to increase that pedestrian facility network through retrofitting and expanding current deficient sidewalk and pedestrian crossing locations between 2010 and 2030, and (2) to simultaneously reduce the rate of pedestrian crashes between 2010 and 2030. The findings in this report should be used to inform and influence the design of new pedestrian facilities, the redesign of existing roadways, the development of education programs and enforcement campaigns for pedestrians and motorists.



Overall traffic crashes; 2006 – 2010:


  • 2009 was the safest year on record in Louisville since 1993 with just 57 fatalities.
  • Traffic fatalities in 2005 were the highest since 1994 at 102.
  • Compared to peer cities with comparable populations, Louisville’s traffic fatality rate is only less than Oklahoma City’s in 2010.
  • 40% of arterial roadway fatalities occurred when vehicles were speeding.
  • 64% of fatalities occurred on roads with 35 mph limits.
  • Traffic crashes cost Louisville’s economy $462.6 million annually.


Accidents involving pedestrians; 2006 – 2010:


  • Louisville recorded an average of 16 pedestrian fatalities a year over the 5-year period.
  • The Kentucky State Police database reports 2,018 crashes involving pedestrians over the 5-year period.
  • Left turning pedestrian crashes outnumbered right turning crashes 2.5 to 1.
  • 40% of pedestrian crashes and 75% of pedestrian fatalities took place outside of daylight conditions.
  • Serious pedestrian crashes involving unsafe speeds are twice as deadly as other such crashes.

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