Complete Streets

“Complete streets are designed and operated
to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians,
bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all
ages and abilities must be able to safely move
along and across a complete street.”

National Complete Streets Coalition

 


Policies and Regulations

In 2008, Louisville Metro Council adopted the first iteration of our city's Complete Streets policy as an amendment to Cornerstone 2020, Louisville's previous comprehensive plan. Although not regulatory or mandatory, the policy encouraged a balanced, multi-modal transportation system through the inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian facilities in all future road construction projects. The one-page policy excluded projects in which the cost of building bicycle or pedestrian facilities would be "excessively disproportionate" or where "severe topographic or natural resource constraints" existed.

In 2019, Louisville Metro Council passed an ordinance strengthening the Complete Streets policy. The policy was also adopted as an amendment to Plan 2040, Louisville's current comprehensive plan. The four-page policy included performance measures to be reported annually. The policy also mandated the creation of a Complete Streets design manual, which was released in December 2020.

In 2022, the Complete Streets policy was further amended, mandating the creation of a Complete Streets Coalition. The community-led Coalition shall review proposed transportation projects to ensure the projects meet Complete Streets guidelines.

Complete Streets Policy

 


Design Guides

Louisville Metro Government released its first Complete Streets design guide in December 2020. The guide, prepared by WSP and HDR in partnership with Louisville Metro Government, presents tools and methodologies for designing Complete Streets in a variety of settings. The guide can be used by municipal and state agency staff, design professionals, private developers, community groups, and others involved in the planning and design of streets in Louisville. The guide is intended to inform all projects that impact the public right-of-way, including the construction of new streets and improvements to existing streets. Standards in this guide are a compilation of current best practice guidance and do not supersede any existing federal, state, or city laws, rules, or regulations.

Louisville Complete Streets Design Guide (2020)

 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) released its first Complete Streets manual in August 2022. The manual, designed by Gresham Smith in partnership with KYTC, serves as a guide for engineers and planners to design safer, more equitable state-owned roadways.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Complete Streets, Roads, and Highways Manual (2022)

 


Complete Streets Coalition

The Complete Streets Coalition was mandated in 2022 through updates to Louisville's Complete Streets ordinance.

The primary function of the Complete Streets Coalition is to review a Complete Streets Checklist for publicly-funded projects to ensure those projects meet or exceed design guidelines outlined in Louisville's Complete Streets Design Guide.

$500,000 was allocated in Louisville's Fiscal Year 2023 budget for pedestrian safety and traffic calming improvements on Minor Arterials and Local Roads. These funds will be invested in partnership with the Complete Streets Coalition and Louisville Metro Public Works & Assets.

The inaugural Complete Streets Coalition is comprised of 15 Jefferson County residents. Louisville Metro Government received a great deal of interest in the coalition. All coalition meetings will be open to the public.

The Complete Streets Coalition will hold its first meeting shortly after the members are appointed by Louisville Metro Council. During this first meeting, the coalition will consider bylaws and begin preliminary discussions on project prioritization.

 


Last updated: October 18, 2022

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