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About the Study
The Midtown/Plaza Area Plan (MPAP) recommended further study and planning of several potential Complete Streets upgrades to improve safety, livability, and mobility for all. The Midtown Complete Streets Study is the first step toward implementing that recommendation. This study will gather community priorities for improvements, develop complex traffic models, and ultimately recommend design concepts. Depending on community feedback, these design concepts may include improved pedestrian space, bike lanes, improved transit amenities, and enhanced streetscape.
Streets included in this study are:
- Broadway/JC Nichols - from 31st to Emanuel Cleaver
- Southwest Trafficway/Belleview/Madison - from 31st to 47th
- Wornall Rd - from 47th to 55th
- 39th Street - from Paseo to SW Trafficway
- 43rd Street - from Oak to SW Trafficway
Also a recommendation of MPAP, another study is evaluating Complete Street options for Gillham Boulevard from 27th St. to Emanuel Cleaver.
Why You Should Support It
This plan is an opportunity to begin transforming prominent streets in Kansas City's most walkable neighborhoods. It is important for you to weigh in with your vision for streets of Midtown KCMO. You can help shape the future of walking and biking in KCMO by attending the public meeting on April 17th. A few other key messages:
- Adding protected bike lanes on Broadway could not only fill a critical bike network gap, but it could also be a boon for retail and restaurants with no loss of on-street parking
- A road diet on 39th St. could make walking much safer and waiting for the bus more comfortable
- Traffic calming throughout could help families reach the park or school
- A road diet on 39th will most likely reduce car crashes - a needed improvement on one of the most crash-prone corridors in the city
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Opposition to the Plan
Unfortunately there is some opposition to Complete Streets from members of the study’s steering committee and members of the Midtown-Plaza Area Plan Implementation Committee. Opponents have raised a variety concerns around a reluctance to make changes that might make motor vehicle traffic less of priority. There is also some unfortunate skepticism about safety data and the need to make it safer for people who walk or bike in Midtown.
Your voice is needed
It is critical that Midtown residents and stakeholders speak up so that City Hall knows there is a big majority of Complete Streets supporters.
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