2020 Advocacy Agenda

BikeWalkKC advocates for public policy that achieves our mission to redefine our streets as places for people to build a culture of active living. Improving our built environment makes it safer and more comfortable for people who walk, bike, wheel, use transit – and even those who drive. Centering historically disinvested communities in our work ensures that those who are most impacted by transportation disparities and traffic violence are the first to benefit from change. We believe that when we make our cities streets safer for the most vulnerable users, we make them safer for everyone.

Kansas City, MO

Bike Master Plan – The City has drafted a new bike master plan that still awaits approval from the new council. BikeWalkKC is committed to seeing the plan adopted by the full City Council and implemented with tangible improvements on the streets.

Vision Zero Plan – Vision Zero is an approach that treats traffic fatalities as an avoidable public health problem. It addresses the systemic causes of traffic crashes and goes beyond the traditional awareness campaigns BikeWalkKC will advocate for City Hall to lead a community-based process for creating a Vision Zero action plan in 2020. (SUCCESS!)

KC Spirit Playbook (Comprehensive Plan Update) The City’s comprehensive plan is a major document that guides broad parts of KCMO’s development. The plan is being updated this year, in the form of the KC Spirit Playbook. BikeWalkKC wants to make sure residents and community stakeholders have a chance to weigh in on this important process.

Midtown Complete Streets Plan – Recent events have brought a renewed focus to the Midtown Complete Streets Plan, and how it can make this part of Kansas City a safer place for vulnerable road users. BikeWalkKC wants to see the plan taken off the shelf, adopted by City Council, and enacted on our streets.

Replenish the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee – More than six months into the new City Council term, this important citizens committee is still waiting for a new chair appointed by the Mayor and members nominated by each City Councilmember.

2020 City Budget – Advocate for funding to begin implementing the bike plan and staffing the bike/ped program in the fiscal year beginning May 1. (DONE)

Finish Old Projects – Many of the long-delayed bike/ped projects cited in the 2016 performance audit remain unfinished, and we will continue to advocate better project delivery. These include Gillham (in progress, June 2020), Lexington/Gladstone, Charlotte/Holmes, and upgrading Grand Blvd. to protected bike lanes.

Regional

Climate Action KC Playbook – The Climate Action KC Playbook outlines a number of steps communities can take to become more bike- and walk-friendly. BikeWalkKC will work to make sure elected officials in these places know of these opportunities and work to take full advantage of them. We will also work to address the lack of equity in the playbook’s first draft, especially for communities of concern that will be the most impacted by climate change.

Complete Streets Policies – BikeWalkKC is working with local partners in many metro communities on Complete Streets policies, which are foundation for getting safe bike/pedestrian infrastructure built. Focus communities in 2020 will include KCK/Wyandotte County, Westwood, and Eastern Jackson County.

Federal Transportation Funding – In 2020, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) will be awarding millions of dollars in federal transportation grants to local municipalities. We will monitor the process to ensure funded projects follow MARC’s regional Complete Streets policy, an example of national best practices.

Statewide

We work with coalitions in both states to advocate in Jefferson City and Topeka. Our primary goal in 2020 is working with our partners at Missourians for Responsible Transportation on hands-free driving legislation as our top priority in Jefferson City.

 


For more information, please contact Michael Kelley, Policy Manager, at michael.kelley@bikewalkkc.org

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