What’s in the KCMO Bike Plan? Part Two: The View from Two Wheels

For the next few Feel Good Fridays, we’ll be discussing the KCMO Bike Plan. Read on to learn more!

The City of KCMO is considering adoption of an update to the Ride KC Bike Master Plan. There’s a lot of information in this new plan, but what does it all mean?

Before we jump in, we want to give you an update of where the plan is in the legislative process:

  • The plan was brought before the KCMO Parks Board on February 26. It was adopted unanimously.
  • Next, the plan went before the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) on March 4. It was also adopted unanimously.
  • It will go before the City Plan Commission (CPC) this Tuesday, March 19.
  • If it is adopted there, it will likely go to a joint City Council committee between the Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
  • If it is adopted there, it will then go to the full City Council for consideration.

 

In the first installment of this series, we explored what prompted the City to recognize that an update was needed and what steps they took to ensure the community’s involvement in the initial steps of the new plan’s development.

In this installment, we’ll be discussing the Bike Plan’s chapters three and four (there are seven in all).

Chapter Three details the State of Bicycling in Kansas City, Missouri. The City has made deliberate, encouraging strides with regards to supporting bicycling infrastructure and culture in recent years. However, there is still a long way to go in order to catch up with other cities with similar goals. Such an effort must be supported by installing additional infrastructure to support bicyclists and users of other modes of active transportation.

Additional points that the chapter touched on include:

  • Kansas City installed its first protected bikeway in Summer 2018 along Armour Boulevard.
  • Some 24 centerline miles of dedicated bike lanes or buffered bike lanes currently support bicyclists throughout the city.
  • Kansas City has been ranked a Bike Friendly Community at the Bronze level since 2011.

Chapter Four identifies Bike KC routes and begins to discuss a Facility Reference Guide. The work to make Kansas City a more bicycle-friendly community starts with the City working to build a useful, direct, connected, and safe network appealing to bicyclists of all abilities. In addition, the plan provides a facility reference guide that details the types of infrastructure riders may encounter as more of the network is built out.

With the facility references in particular, it is important to note that the plan’s description should only be used for general reference. It is NOT meant to denote specific design standards and does NOT represent the totality of bike facilities that exist now or may exist in the future.

Moreover, the chapter highlights past and future aspects of the network, such as:

  • A network analysis will include dangerous location information, equity components, topography, and more.
  • A Level of Traffic Stress analysis was used to inform route adjustments and facility type recommendations.
  • The updated plan network contains approximately 658 centerline miles of roadway.

All of this leads us to ask: how will the City implement the plan, and what additional steps will they take to assist that endeavor? In the final part of the series, we’ll work to understand how the City intends to be successful in that effort, and how they will measure that success.

If you haven’t already, please sign the petition in support of the bike plan! You can also learn more about the bike plan by visiting the page on the City of KCMO’s website.

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