The streets are plowed, the driveways are cleared, the cars are dug out, and the kids are back in school. Now it's time to make sure the sidewalks are also clear. Our friends and neighbors are counting on all of us to clear our sidewalks so everyone can get to work, to school, to the bus stop, to the store, and more.
The Kansas Department of Transportation wants your input as it updates the 1995 State Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan. A lot has changed in the last decade. Communities have grown and changed. New infrastructure options like buffered bike lanes, sharrows, bike share, and cycletracks have joined the tried and true trail and bike lane. Attitudes have evolved. Biking and walking have become important issues for public health and economic development.
The sidewalks along Belleview in Midtown are once again blocked by signs warning motorists of road closures related to the construction at the West Edge project. The photos below are represtentative of conditions on every block of Belleview between Westport Road and Ward Parkway, on both sides of the street.
KCK is developing a new plan for sidewalks and trails, and looking for your input in a short online survey or in person at a public meeting. This is a great opportunity for anyone that lives, works, walks, or bikes in KCK!
Prairie Village's new trails plan is now under construction, and some residents are upset about the addition of trails and sidewalks in front of their homes. Last night the City Council debated the plan and Mayor Ron Shaffer cast a tie-breaking vote to support the current plan.
There is a surge in pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the Kansas City region, especially by hit-and-run motorists. While local officials have thankfully responded to this tragic trend, so far the local response sends a bad message blaming pedestrians and letting motorists off the hook.