Complete Streets

Complete Streets in Lexington

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, the LFUCG Council voted to adopt a Complete Streets policy. Complete Streets means streets are designed for everyone - including pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. Now the city is creating an action plan that will bring this policy to life. Read below to learn more! 

Read the full policy

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Where we have been...

In December 2022, Lexington's Mayor Linda Gorton and the city council adopted a policy to make transportation in Lexington safe, affordable, accessible, and dependable for everyone. This is the first step to achieving "Complete Streets" in our city.

...and where we are headed!

Now, we are moving forward to make this policy a reality. We're making an action plan! This plan will cover things like how we'll pay for Complete Streets, how we'll plan and build these streets, and how we'll take care of them once they're built. This plan will guide us over the next five years in making Lexington's streets better for everyone.

Your input is important to us! We want to hear from you so we can create the most effective action plan. We have identified seven key topics. Each has a vision for the future and ideas for implementation. Please take a moment to review these topics and share your thoughts by completing our online survey.

Complete Streets survey

Please share the survey link with your friends and contacts in Lexington. Our aim is to involve people of all ages and abilities who live or work in our city. The survey will remain open for comments until September 24, and we eagerly await your input.

Thank you for participating in this survey and helping to create a better Lexington for everyone!

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What are complete streets? 

Complete streets are safe and work well for everyone – whether they walk, bike, ride, roll or drive. We build complete streets by thinking about:

  • Everyone who might use the street (drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, bus riders)

  • What the area around the street looks like (urban, suburban, rural)

  • How busy the street is (neighborhood, cross-town, regional highway)

  • What destinations are nearby (schools, parks, shopping)

Because no two streets are the same, no complete street will look exactly like another. An urban complete street may include wide sidewalks, café tables, bike lanes, crosswalks and comfortable bus stops. A suburban complete street might have center medians, sidewalks, wide planting strips, and a buffered bike lane. In rural areas, a complete street may have a paved shoulder or a separated trail for biking and walking.

What does having a Complete Streets Policy mean?

It means focusing on the safety and comfort of all possible users when we plan, design, build, and maintain our streets. A Complete Streets Policy formalizes the city’s commitment to ensuring people of all ages and abilities have safe, convenient, affordable and reliable ways of getting around. Lexington’s policy specifically covers each of the following: 

Our local vision and intent

The policy states our goal for Lexington’s transportation system: support the safety, health, economic wellbeing and good quality of life of all residents and visitors, no matter how they travel in our community. 

Recognizing diverse users and equity

People get around in different ways: by car, on foot, in a wheelchair, on a bike, using a scooter, taking the bus, and more. About 1/3 of our community doesn’t drive because of their age, ability, or because they choose not to. We need reliable alternatives. Our streets are also important for moving goods and delivering services. Emergency responders need our streets to do their job in our community. This policy recognizes all these different needs and users who deserve safe and convenient options for getting around. 

Our commitment to Complete Streets

The intention of this policy is to improve streets for everyone whenever we design, build, and maintain our streets. Incremental improvements are always possible and we should take advantage of every opportunity.

Clear and accountable exceptions to the policy

The policy describes the few situations where Complete Streets will not apply, and how a clear and transparent process must be followed in those cases.   

Jurisdiction of the policy

The policy explains how Complete Streets will apply across our streets. Those maintained by the city or the state, but also those built with public or private funds. 

Design guidance

The policy refers to the different best-practice design manuals our engineers should use when designing Complete Street projects.  

How Complete Streets and land use are related

The policy acknowledges that Complete Streets should blend well with the surroundings and that streets in areas where land is used differently may not look the same.

Prioritizing and selecting projects

The policy states that the city should consider safety, connectivity, equity, sustainability, and other Complete Street goals when prioritizing projects for funding.  

Implementing the policy

To implement the policy, a committee will develop a Complete Streets Action Plan with input from the public. The plan will include a to-do list to help us achieve Complete Streets and a timeline for completing those actions.   

Performance measures

The policy mandates that we evaluate our progress over time by tracking and reporting on ten different Complete Street metrics, all of which are important to Lexington. 

How can I get involved and learn more?

You can read the policy and send in any comments or questions here. Now that Council has adopted the policy, the next step is to create a Complete Streets Action Plan to guide how we create Complete Streets across our community. We will need your help and input on this action plan! Follow @LexBikeWalk on Facebook and Instagram, and sign up to stay informed.