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The ABCs of a DOT for KC

One of the mobility-related issues that has come up in the debates for the June 18th KCMO Mayoral and City Council election is the idea of a city-level Department of Transportation, or DOT. It’s an idea that we have been researching and studying for some time now. This is why we believe a KC DOT could be an effective strategy for improving mobility across the city and addressing the many challenges of a fractured transportation structure spread across multiple silos in City Hall. It could be especially effective in addressing long standing community frustration with the pace of improvements for people who walk, bike, and use transit.

City tweaks Armour Boulevard Complete Streets project as data shows improvements in safety and usage

As we approach the one year anniversary of Kansas City’s first protected bike lanes on Armour Boulevard in KCMO, data from Public Works and the KCPD shows that traffic crashes are down, bike traffic is up, and car traffic is calmer. City Hall is also making some tweaks to the design in response to concerns about visibility at intersections for motorists. This data and the City’s willingness to make iterative improvements will help ensure lessons learned on Armour are used in the new bike plan and future bike lane projects.

PRESS RELEASE: Cyclist critically injured in KCMO

A bicyclist is in critical condition after being struck on Monday evening. The crash occurred around 5:30 pm at the intersection of 31st and Roanoke. As the cyclist moved through the intersection, they were struck by the driver of a car traveling west on 31st Street. The impact ejected the rider onto the hood and […]

First phase of Jackson County Rock Island Trail opens to the public

Last Saturday leaders from Jackson County and several area cities celebrated a ribbon cutting for the first phase of the much-anticipated Rock Island Trail, the first re-use of an old rail corridor that will eventually become a multi-modal bike/ped/transit corridor linking Kansas City and its southeast suburbs and on to the Katy Trail State Park. […]

Myths about the cost of the KCMO Bike Plan

As many have seen in the media recently, the new KCMO Bike Master Plan has been delayed at City Council because it has become a political fight pitting biking against housing. This is a false choice based on a great deal of misinformation about the supposed $400 million that could be better spent on something […]

VIDEO: KCMO City Council Candidate Forum

On Monday, May 20, BikeWalkKC and the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance (KCRTA) hosted a forum for the candidates of the KCMO City Council. The event took place in the Truman Forum Auditorium at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. The event was sponsored by TranSystems. NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, we […]

PRESS RELEASE: Two children hit in KCMO

Two children were hit in two separate crashes that occurred within minutes of each other on Sunday, May 19. Around 3:45 pm, a 5-year-old girl was crossing the street at East 40th Street and Wayne Avenue when the driver passed a stopped vehicle and struck her. Less than 5 minutes later, another child was hit […]

PRESS RELEASE: Pedestrian struck near Brookside Art Annual

A pedestrian was struck by the driver of a vehicle near the Brookside Art Annual. The crash occurred on Friday, May 3, about a block away from the event. The pedestrian was crossing Meyer Boulevard at Brookside Boulevard when they were struck. There was no word on the identity of the victim or their condition. […]