KCK/Wyandotte County considers Complete Streets policy

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Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS is poised to become the third metro city with a Complete Streets policy, joining Kansas City, MO and Lee’s Summit. Local advocates led by the Rosedale Healthy Kids Initiative are asking for KCK residents to speak up in favor of the proposal.

The WyCo/KCK Board of Commissions will consider the proposed Complete Streets resolution and policy at its regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7th. City Hall is at 701 North 7th Street, 66103.

If you live in KCK please take a few minutes right now to send a letter of support to your Commissioner, and then attend the Commission meeting on Thursday evening.

Complete Streets resolution (PDF)

Commisioners contact info and map of districts.

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Sample Letter to commissioners:

 

[Date]
 
[Your Name]
[Your Street Address]
[Your City, State ZIP]
[Your email@mailmail.com]
 
[Your Commissioner’s Name]
City Hall
701 N. 7th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101
 
Dear Commissioner (name here):
 
I am writing today to urge you to foster a healthier, safer, and more livable Kansas City, Kansas by supporting a resolution in favor of complete streets. Health, neighborhood revitalization, economic growth, and safety are important issues for our city. Through a complete streets resolution, we have the unique opportunity to address all these issues through one initiative. A “complete street” is designed so that people of various ages and abilities can safely use the streets. This includes walkers, bikers, individuals who use wheelchairs, and people who use public transportation. Through a complete streets policy, such as a resolution, cities in the United States are establishing specific steps in moving forward to make complete streets a reality.
 
Wyandotte County was recently ranked as the least healthy county in Kansas by a study conducted by the Kansas Health Institute. In response to this report, the Mayor immediately put together a Healthy Communities Task Force to explore ways to improve the health of its residents. The Task Force, as announced at the Mayor’s recent state of the city address, has wisely decided to support a strong Complete Streets Resolution as a way to not only improve the future health of its residents, but to make our city a more vibrant place to live.
 
The benefits of complete streets include:
Enhanced health: Research shows that in cities where people have access to the elements of complete streets, such as sidewalks, bike lanes, and crosswalks that are easy to use, the residents are healthier and more active. Neighborhood revitalization: People like to live in homes where they can walk around their neighborhood to see friends, go to the store, or put a letter in a nearby mailbox. Studies demonstrate that walkability is correlated with significant increases in home values. A complete streets policy also encourages cities to include streetscaping with more plants, flowers, and trees along the streets Economic development: Complete streets are good for business. People enjoy the ability to stroll store to store by foot and then find a restaurant or coffee shop they want to visit as they shop. Safety: Lack of access to a crosswalk has been linked to more than 40% of all pedestrian fatalities. Also, when more people are outdoors, there are more eyes watching the neighborhood.
 
I would be proud to live in a city that has the vision to adopt and implement a complete streets policy. I believe that children and families will be healthier because our streets will be more livable and complete streets will ensure we help our city thrive. Please support the Resolution in favor of complete streets!
 
Respectfully,
 
Your name
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