Officials in Boyd County trying to keep pedestrians safe

ASHLAND, Ky. (WYMT/WSAZ) - Surveys have been completed and the Ashland-Boyd Health Department says the people have spoken. Pedestrian safety is important to the people in live in Boyd County.

The survey is alerting residents to "Complete Streets." Those are roadways designed and operated to enable safe, attractive and comfortable access and travel for all users. Complete Streets would provide opportunities to walk, bike and play in safe environments.

"Right now, this pedestrian light doesn't give people much time to cross the street," said Laura Patrick, who's the program coordinator for the Healthy Kids/Healthy Communities Coalition. "We'd like to expand to help the elderly and disabled cross the street safely."

The Ashland-Boyd Health Department helped conduct the survey which is now closed. The response was overwhelmingly positive. It came back 98 percent in favor of adopting an ordinance that would ask local governments to consider pedestrian safety and sidewalks with any new development.

Up until recently, Louisville was the only city in Kentucky to adopt the Complete Streets ordinance But it's been a slow growth.

"South Shore and Raceland have done it," Patrick said. "They've been proactive. They said, 'Hey, we're going to pass a comprehensive ordinance for our residents that say any future developments, we'll look at better sidewalks, better traffic signals, better cross walks for residents to get around.' "

Ashland city leaders currently are looking over the Complete Streets ordinance before deciding whether or not to vote.

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