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Speaking Up for Better Walking and Biking in Blue Springs

BikeWalkKC wants to highlight the stories of everyday advocates who use their voices to push for better walking and biking in their community. Check out the first entry below. Matt Roberds is a resident who lives near Blue Springs High School. When he heard that the school district planned to make some improvements around the […]

A Remembrance of Lorrie Lomas-Brown

Lorrie Lomas-Brown, a vocal and persistent advocate for safer streets in Kansas City and throughout the State of Missouri, passed away on January 10. She was 60 years old. Lorrie’s journey into advocacy began with tragedy. On April 3, 2016, Lorrie’s son Anthony was riding his bike on Independence Avenue when he was struck and […]

All about KC’s new protected bike lanes

With more protected bike lanes getting built in the KC region recently, there is a lot to learn about this new infrastructure. We created a new guide about protected bike lanes to help everyone learn more about what they are, why they are so important for safety, and how to use them. All About Protected […]

We can do both! A better version of Ordinance 210966 advances

An amended version advances which will allow for better planning and community engagement. Earlier today, the KCMO transportation committee met to discuss Ordinance 210966, which, in its original iteration, would have significantly limited efforts to implement Complete Streets and Vision Zero if adopted. BikeWalkKC had worked with Councilwoman Robinson to try to address issues with […]

The “Neighborhood Inclusion” Policy Still Falls Short

UPDATE: When this ordinance was debated at City Council on December 8, 2021, 1st District Councilmember Heather Hall proposed making it apply to the entire city. This means that existing and future bike facilities are at risk. Here’s how you can take action to save Complete Streets and Vision Zero in KC: Call your councilmembers and […]

How the infrastructure bill helps walking and biking in KC

Late last week, the House of Representatives adopted a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, ending months of debate over legislation intended to improve everything from roads and bridges to lead pipes and the internet. There is quite a bit in this new legislation. While it is not perfect on issues like equity or climate change, several […]

KCMO’s 3rd District wants safer streets; let’s work together to make it happen

Last week, 3rd District Councilmember Melissa Robinson introduced legislation (KCMO Ordinance 210966) that would remove bike lanes from the 3rd District, prioritize neighborhood associations over other community stakeholders when making decisions about future bikeway projects, and exempt the 3rd District from the city’s Complete Streets ordinance.  We agree with the Councilmember that City Hall persistently […]