There is a serious threat to federal funding for walking and biking projects, and your voice is needed ASAP. Congress is considering amendments to the federal transportation bill that would devastate funding for bike lanes and trails. This funding has been vital to many local projects like the Johnson County trail system, Heart of America Bridge over the Missouri River, bike share, and Safe Routes to School programs across the metro area.
Email your US Representative
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Walking and biking projects currently get less than 1% of the national transportation budget. This is a minuscule amount that should be expanded, not cut. It’s not enough to balance the federal budget, and its loss would have huge repercussions locally.
Federal Funding of Kansas City Projects
Over the last 15 years more than 100 projects have been made possible by federal transportation funds. The most recent project is the Rock Island Trail, which will connect Kansas City to the Katy Trail State Park. The majority of trail and bike lane projects in the KC region are supported by the federal funding that is under attack.
- Heart of America Bridge bike/ped path over the Missouri River
- Riverfront Heritage Trail
- Indian Creek Trail
- Annual Greater Kansas City Bike Week
- Safe Routes to School programs and Walking School Buses across the metro area
- North Antioch sidewalks
- Mill Creek Streamway Trail
- Little Blue Trace Trail
- Bus stop and crosswalk improvements all over the metro area
- Sidewalks in Raytown
- Bike lanes planned for The Paseo
- Kansas City B-cycle Phase 3 in Midtown and The Plaza, plus Phase 4 planned for Wyandotte and Johnson Counties.