Advocacy

Now Hiring Community Organizer
Join our policy team in this new role working to achieve mobility justice by building power in communities often left out of plans and decisions about transportation and infrastructure.

Current Campaigns

Protected Bike Lanes
Learn about new evidenced-based infrastructure improvements like the Gillham Road Cycletrack and other protected bike lanes. Why they are so important and how to use them.

Connect the Gillham Cycletrack to the Trolley Track & Brush Creek Trails
Sign our petition asking City Hall to connect these important regional bikeways.

KCMO Bike Master Plan
Latest news on the the plan that has been stalled since 2018.

2022 Policy Platform
We're fighting for the future of active transportation and safer streets in our region.

Visit the Action Center for more campaigns.

Local AdvocacyMARC Region Map

In Your Neighborhood
Learn about advocacy and other opportunities in your community. We work across the Greater Kansas City region, including the counties of Jackson, Clay, Platte, Wyandotte, and Johnson.

Contact Your City Hall
Find your Mayor and City Councilmember. Communicate with them via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

Research and Data

Check out Research and Data page for biking/walking statistics, other data, our own research and reports.

Representation in regional decision-making

BikeWalkKC team members sit in many committees and commissions around the region, ensuring that walking and biking are represented where leaders are making decisions about transportation, mobility, infrastructure, public health, and more. Some of the places where we are representing you include Mid-America Regional Council, KCMO Bike/Ped Advisory Committee, Healthy Communities Wyandotte, the KC Physical Activity Plan, Lee's Summit Livable Streets Advisory Committee, KCMO Environmental Management Commission, Climate Action KC, and many more.


Past Campaigns and Advocacy Wins

Decriminalizing Walking and Biking
In 2021 we are working to remove laws that allow for over-policing of people walking and biking, especially Black and Brown Kansas Citians. Learn more about the issue and how you can get involved.

Space for People
In 2020 we successfully advocated for, and helped City Hall write policy, to create space for people during the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders. A new Open Streets program allowed neighborhoods to create Slow Streets closed to cars, busy roads within parks were closed, and 100 pedestrian signals were changed to provide automatic walk signals.

Vision Zero
As part of our policy platform, BikeWalkKC successfully advocated for the adoption of a Vision Zero resolution from the KCMO City Council in Spring 2020. Vision Zero is a an approach that argues that car crashes and other forms of traffic violence are a public health crisis. In order to combat this, we need a systemic approach built on equity, engineering, education, and enforcement. The resolution directs the City Manager to organize a Vision Zero task force made up of City staff and community stakeholders. The task force will then develop an action plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by the year 2030. BikeWalkKC accomplished this task with help from partners such as the KC Regional Transit Alliance, Greater KC LISC, KC Healthy Kids, Samuel U. Rodgers, Sunrise Movement KC, and more. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we were further supported by dozens of individuals from the community.

New Complete Streets Policy
After several months of hard work by a broad range of community stakeholders led by BikeWalkKC, in December 2017 the KCMO City approved one of the country's most comprehensive Complete Streets policies.

GO KC Infrastructure Bond: $150 million for sidewalks and $400 million for Complete Streets
In April 2017, KCMO voters overwhelming approved Questions 1-2-3 and voted to invest $800 million in the city's infrastructure over the next 20 years. BikeWalkKC led the community coalition to get unprecedented investment in sidewalks and Complete Streets included in the plans.


Help Us Advocate at City Halls

Your time and energy at these meetings helps the BikeWalkKC policy team in their work fighting for you at City Halls across the KC region. But advocacy is one of the hardest things for us to fund. We need the charitable support of our members and donors like you. Please become a member or make a donation today.

Advocacy Mailing List

Subscribe to Advocacy Alerts for important notices about opportunities to speak up for better walking and bicycling in your own community.

BikeWalkKC Advocacy Team

Michael Kelley, MPA
Policy Director
michael.kelley@bikewalkkc.org
816-205-7056 x15

Community Organizer
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