KCMO City Councilmembers, City staff, and residents recently met up at the new Jazz District B-cycle Station and rode around the neighborhood to see several bike lane projects coming soon to the East Side and Greater Downtown.
In October several KCMO City Councilmembers and city staff joined residents on a bike tour of the 3rd District. The ride was organized by Councilmember Jermaine Reed (3rd District), Chair of the council’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and by Councilmember Dan Fowler (2nd District), and long-time cyclist who regularly rides Bike MS, Tour de Bier, and other local rides. They were joined by Councilmembers Jolie Justus (4th District) and Scott Wagner (1st District, Mayor Pro Tem), plus Public Works Director Sherri McIntyre, BikeWalkKC Executive Director Eric Rogers, and B-cycle fleet technician Braden Anderson. Mayor Sly James stopped by to see the the riders off, along with Councilmembers Quinton Lucas (3rd), Katheryn Shields (4th), and Lee Barnes (5th).
The group started at the new Jazz District B-station and toured several locations were bike facilities are planned for the near future:
- Bike lanes on 18th Street connecting 18th & Vine to Downtown
- Bike lanes on The Paseo creating a long north/south corridor
- A bike boulevard planned for Benton Boulevard
Several members of the group rode B-cycles, and everyone had a great time. Councilman Fowler was spotted wearing our BikeWalkKC “Map of KC” jersey. Several Councilmembers are already talking about the next ride and which other neighborhoods to tour! Big thanks to Councilmembers Reed and Fowler for organizing and leading ride, and to the KC Metro Bike Club and Kansas City B-cycle for support.
We look forward to getting this group back on the bike next year to ride the new bike lanes!