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

Youth Education
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.

Bike Share
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.

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!

Armour Boulevard Bikeway

Independence Avenue Pedestrian Safety Study

Local Resources in Central and South KC

2008 Trails KC master plan

2003 Walkability plan

KC Streetcar

Car-Free Weekends on Cliff Drive

LISC Neighborhood Quality of Life Plans

How you can get involved

Join a group ride

KCMO Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Fourth Mondays at 4:30 p.m. KC Health Department, 2400 Troost Avenue

Greater Downtown Area Plan

Midtown/Plaza Area Plan

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

East High School Bike Club

Upcoming Events

Tue 18

Mayor and City Council Election **

June 18 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat 22

Tour de Lakes**

June 22 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tue 25

Maintain Your Ride: Taco Edition

June 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Aug 25

Tour de Shawnee**

August 25 @ 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sep 28

2019 Bike MS: Kansas City**

September 28 @ 8:00 am - September 29 @ 5:00 pm

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

Bike Friendly Businesses

  • Family Bicycles
  • One More Cup