In Your Community > Central and South KCMO
KCMO South of the River, including Downtown, Midtown, East Side, Brookside, Waldo, South KC
BikeWalkKC Programs and Activities
Our BLAST program (Bike Lesson and Safety Training) teaches 5th graders the skills they need to bike safely and confidently to school or around their neighborhood. Since 2012 BLAST has served more than 5,000 kids at dozens of schools in the KCPS and Hickman Mills districts. Learn more.
Safe Routes to School
BikeWalkKC provides technical assistance and programs to schools and school districts to help them get more kids walking and biking to school. Learn more.
Our Bike Share KC program has stations all over the KC Metro, including in North KC, River Market, downtown, Westport, Troost, the Plaza, UMKC, Brookside, and Waldo. Since 2012 bike share users have offset more than 100,000 pounds of carbon and burned more than 7.5 million calories. In late 2018-early 2019, Bike Share KC is partnering with RideKC and Dropbike to offer electric bike share. Read more about this pilot project on the blog.
Current Campaigns and Public Projects
Build the Bike Lanes!
BikeWalkKC is monitoring several big bike lane projects that have been delayed for years. We continue to meet with city leaders to press for continued progress. Check the KCMO Bike KC page for updates.
- Paseo- This project will create 19 miles of bikeways from Independence Ave to 85th Street.
- Lexington/Gladstone- Expect 6.6 miles of bike lanes through several Northeast neighborhoods.
- Charlotte/Holmes- Bike lanes on both Charlotte and Holmes connecting midtown to downtown.
- Armour- Parking-protected lanes from Broadway to Paseo- success! Still ironing out street-sweeping/plowing.
- Grand- Buffered bike lanes between Grand and 20th- success! Still waiting on 18th Street.
Replace the Buck O'Neil Bridge
The Buck O'Neil Bridge (formerly Broadway Bridge) has reached the end of its expected lifetime, and we have recommended replacing the bridge in order to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. State and local officials agree! The bridge will be replaced using federal funds allocated through the Mid-America Regional Council, a federal BUILD Grant, KCMO sales tax, and funds from the state of Missouri. Learn more about the history of the Buck O'Neil Bridge debate and BikeWalkKC's position.
Imagine "Beyond the Loop"
The Buck O'Neil Bridge project is part of a larger effort to reimagine the Buck O'Neil Bridge, the Heart of America Bridge, and the North Loop of I-70. The communities surrounding these facilities have changed dramatically since their construction, and residents are requesting better-connected neighborhoods with more consideration for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as safer and smoother-flowing vehicle traffic. Read possible plans, see project updates, and find out more about this vision for the metro.
Update the Walkability Plan
City Council adopted the Kansas City Walkability Plan in 2003. It found that "Unsafe streets are discouraging people from walking," and may be contributing to poor public health. The City has been working from that plan ever since, making some progress towards a pedestrian-friendly Kansas City. Together with The Whole Person, the Front Porch Alliance, the Midtown KC Post, and the Mattie Rhodes Center, we launched SidewalksKC in 2015. We investigated public dissatisfaction in sidewalk construction and maintenance and released the SidewalksKC Report in 2017, detailing our many interviews, public meetings, planning sessions, and surveys.
Later that year, voters approved $800 million in infrastructure funding to fix sidewalks, bridges, streets, and other public projects. This means that sidewalk repairs are now publicly funded and property owners are no longer charged for expensive repairs to broken sidewalks adjacent to their property. The city is currently working through a large backlog of projects and establishing a systematic inspection process.
- Learn more about KCMO's sidewalks program
- Read our SidewalksKC report
- Read the KCMO Walkability Plan
- Report a problem sidewalk to 311
Adopt and Fund the Bike Plan
After a 2016 audit of the original KCMO bike plan criticized the City for its lack of progress on the document adopted in 2001, city leaders took action to refresh the plan. The City Planning department recently submitted a first draft of the new Kansas City, Missouri Bike Plan to the steering committee for review, and the City should have updates for us soon!
- Visit the City's Bike Plan webpage
- Get details of BikeWalkKC's involvement
- Read our Bicycle Network Demand Analysis
Local Resources in Central and South KC
How you can get involved
Join a group ride
- Monday Night Rides from 18th & Vine Jazz District
- KC Fun Ride at Boulevard Brewery
- STARS - Sisters That Are Riding Strong
KCMO Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Fourth Mondays at 4:30 p.m. KC Health Department, 2400 Troost Avenue
BikeWalkKC Advocacy Mailing List
Get email alerts about important news in your community. This is a low-volume list.
City Hall Information
Find your City Council members
Each district has two representatives at City Hall. 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Districts include the Jackson County part of Kansas City.
- 3rd District Community Meetings: 2nd Mondays at 6:o0 pm, Gregg-Klice Community Center at 18th and Vine
- 4th District: Jolie Justus' and Katheryn Shields' Newsletter
- 4th District: Jolie Justus' Office Hours: Wednesdays at 4:00 pm at Tower Tavern, 31st and Oak
- 6th District: Community Meetings with Scott Taylor and Kevin McManus, 2nd Fridays at 7:30 am, Trailside Center at 99th and Holmes
Stats and Highlights
11,000 kids have been served by our Youth Education programs
Kansas City BCycle users have offset 100,000 pounds of carbon and burned 7.5 million calories
KCMO has a Complete Streets policy and is Bronze Level Bike Friendly Community
- Family Bicycles
- One More Cup