Making Plans For 'Complete' Streets

<p>Officials in Louisville, Kentucky, are considering joining the 22 other cities across the country that have adopted a 'complete' streets policy to ensure roads aren't built solely for cars.</p>
March 9, 2007, 1pm PST | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"Hoping to correct a decades-old 'urban planning mistake,' city officials are moving to require that anyone building new streets or altering existing ones set aside space for bicyclists, wheelchairs and strollers."

"As part of the proposed Complete Streets policy to be introduced to a Louisville Metro Planning Commission panel today, new streets would have to have dedicated lanes or paths for bicyclists and sidewalks and curbs accessible to wheelchairs. And when existing roads are repaved, they would have to include bike paths and sidewalks where possible."

"Mayor Jerry Abramson said the policy is necessary."

" 'For decades, we in Louisville -- and cities around the nation -- have built roads only for vehicles,' Abramson said in a statement. 'That was an urban planning mistake. The Complete Streets policy will help rectify that.' "

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Published on Thursday, March 8, 2007 in Louisville Courier-Journal
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