Research and Data

An important part of BikeWalkKC’s advocacy, education, and public policy work includes researching local conditions, analyzing best practices, and developing strategies to achieve our mission of redefining our streets as places for people to build a culture of active living. Here we provide variety of original research, strategic policy platforms, and national resources.

Local data and statistics

Where Kansas City, MO ranks among the most populous US cities:

  • Biking to Work: #49 out of 70
  • Walking to Work: #33 out of 51
  • Bike Safety: #34 out of 51
  • Pedestrian Safety: #43 out of 51

Data from the Alliance for Biking and Walking.

BikeWalkKC research and reports

Kansas City Physical Activity Plan
The KCPA Plan is a comprehensive set of Kansas City-focused, sector-specific strategies and priorities designed to increase physical activity in residents of all ages.

Perspectives on an earn-a-bike intervention on transportation, health and self- esteem among men experiencing homelessness
Bicycles allow men experiencing homelessness to maintain relationships, access shelter, resources, and employment, and build social capital and self esteem. Read the abstract or a summary from BikeWalkKC and the Health Forward Foundation.

Economic Impact of the New KCMO Bicycle Master Plan
Research from UMKC shows that building out a new bike network that prioritizes physically separated bike lanes will save 36 lives per year and boost the local economy by $500 million.

Strategic Plan
Our guiding document for advancing the mission and moving Kansas City to the next level. Read the summary or download the full plan.

Public Policy Platform
Prepared for the 2019 KCMO City Council election.

Transformational  Strategy for Youth Development
A big vision for achieving transformational scale and bringing Safe Routes to School and bike safety education to all high-need students in the KC metro area.

Bike Share Equity Report
A planning study and report to examine the issues and evaluate possible strategies for improving access to bike share in Kansas City’s underserved communities. Funded by the Health Forward Foundation.

Landscape of Analysis of Kansas City’s Active Transportation Sector

A snapshot of the biking and walking issues, barriers, opportunities, and organizations prepared for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Healthy KC Initiative.

Harassment of Vulnerable Road Users
Report and survey underpinning our work to pass anti-harassment ordinances across the metro area, to better protect people who walk, bike, or use wheelchairs or white canes.

Road Diets
We can re-purpose the public space taken up by overbuilt roads to provide more safe places for people to walk and bike. Road diets are especially important urban neighborhoods and other underserved communities where streets cannot be expanded for sidewalks or bike lanes.

KCMO Resident Satisfaction Survey – 2019/2020

  • Residents were least satisfied with the overall maintenance of streets, sidewalks and infrastructure (16%).
  • Maintenance of streets, sidewalks and infrastructure identified as one of the top three most important issues to residents.
  • Citizen satisfaction with “Access to streets/sidewalks/buildings for people with disabilities decreased by 2.1% from the previous year.
  • Citizen satisfaction with “Maintenance of streets in your neighborhood” has dropped 5.5% from the previous year.
  • Citizen satisfaction with “Condition of sidewalks in your neighborhood” has dropped 3.7% from the previous year.
  • Citizen satisfaction with “On-street bicycle infrastructure” has improved by 0.5% from the previous year.
  • Citizen satisfaction with “Condition of sidewalks in the city” has dropped by 0.7% from the previous year.
  • There were no increases in satisfaction ratings in any of the City streets, sidewalks and infrastructure services that were rated in both 2005 and 2019-20. 
  • 62% of survey respondents were dissatisfied with the maintenance of streets, sidewalks, and infrastructure.
  • Among Major Categories of City Services, “Maintenance of streets, sidewalks, and infrastructure” was the clear choice at over 63%.

Streetcars and Bikes
The KC Streetcar joined one of the country’s least-developed bicycle networks. But it can advance the state of all forms of active transportation if city officials embrace a more visionary strategy.

Other Resources

Bikenomics Report

Bicycling and the Economy: Economic Impact Studies

Katy Trail Economic Impact Report