Policies and Regulations
The following policies and regulations support Louisville's goal of eliminating traffic fatalities on our streets by 2050.
Adopted by Louisville Metro Council in 2022, the Vision Zero ordinance establishes our goal of eliminating traffic fatalities on our streets by 2050. The ordinance requires Vision Zero Louisville to publish an annual report that outlines steps taken to help achieve our goal.
First adopted by Louisville Metro Council in 2008, the Complete Streets ordinance mandates that all Metro-owned transportation facilities be designed for users of all ages and abilities. The ordinance was amended in 2019 and 2022. The ordinance requires an annual report be published that measures the success of established performance targets.
Plan 2040 is Louisville's 20-year comprehensive plan. The plan establishes five principles to guide the future of Louisville's built environment: Connected, Healthy, Authentic, Sustainable, and Equitable.
Since the introduction of dockless e-scooters by companies such as Lime and Bird, cities across the U.S. have instituted policies to regulate this new micromobility option. Louisville Metro Government established a Dockless Vehicle Policy in 2019, which includes a designated operation zone and a cap on the number of scooters per operator.
Rightsizing, also called a road diet or reconfiguration, is an umbrella term for strategies to make our streets safer, calmer, and more inclusive. Rightsizing is a proven safety countermeasure that makes it safer for everyone who travels through the corridor. Louisville Metro Government is working to streamline our project process from concept development to implementation. As part of this process, we will be exploring improvements to the above Rightsizing Policy by incorporating a Bikeway Selection Policy as well as public input from the forthcoming Complete Streets Coalition.
Bikeway Selection Policy - Coming soon!
Louisville Metro Government is currently developing a bikeway selection policy to improve the quality and safety of bike facilities in Louisville. The policy will establish standards based on roadway speeds, traffic volumes, and other characteristics to determine the most appropriate facility.
While successful both nationally and internationally, automated traffic enforcement through the use of speed safety cameras or red light cameras is currently illegal in Kentucky. According to the Federal Highway Administration, speed safety cameras are proven to reduce crashes on busy arterial roads and reduce speeding in school zones.
Last updated: September 8, 2022