City’s proposed Paseo Gateway intersection design is two steps forward, one step back for pedestrians

A new design for the dangerous intersection of Independence Avenue and The Paseo would actually insert a suburban-style intersection in an urban neighborhood, and you can provide your input at a public meeting on Tuesday, April 24th.

Blue: current crossing. Red: Proposed crossing. Click to zoom

KC Parks is redesigning this intersection and the new design they are unveiling on Tuesday unfortunately is a case of two steps forward, one step back for pedestrians.

Public Meeting
Tuesday, April 24th at 5:00 pm
KCU Alumni Center, 1750 Independence Avenue

Despite some important improvements, several challenges with the proposed design include:

  • Crossing distance for pedestrians are increased, making it harder for the elderly and disabled to cross the street
  • Turning radii are widened, promoting faster turning traffic across the crosswalks
  • Lack of pedestrian refuge island on the north side
  • Ignores the Independence Avenue Pedestrian Safety Study, which calls for a road diet and bike lanes on Independence Avenue
  • Poor communication and engagement with local neighborhood associations and stakeholders, including vulnerable communities, refugees, and immigrants

In light of these concerns¬†BikeWalkKC sent this memo to the KC Parks Department, Missouri Department of Transportation, and the project’s engineering consultant.

Paseo Gateway Letter BikeWalkKC 4-20-2018
Posted in Advocacy, News.