Recently, the Louisville Metro Council passed a complete streets ordinance, sponsored by Councilman David James, with overwhelming support (22-1 vote).
In 2008, Louisville, KY, first adopted a complete streets ordinance. The updated 2019 ordinance improves the current policy to meet national standards by including transparency, public input, and a focus on equity to ensure complete streets in every neighborhood. In Louisville Metro, one out of every three adult residents are at an unhealthy weight and are at greater risk for numerous serious health outcomes, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and other debilitating chronic health conditions.
The new ordinance ensures safety and equity for all, leading to fewer pedestrian accidents while creating safer spaces for physical activity. Congratulations to Voices for Healthy Kids grantee Kentucky Youth Advocates, the American Heart Association – Louisville, Complete Streets for Louisville, and to all volunteers and advocates who are working to make streets safer for all in Louisville!