KCMO’s long quest to build bike lanes in the urban core has been in the news a lot lately. You can learn about the city’s latest plan to hopefully build some bike lanes in 2017 at tonight’s meeting of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Deputy Public Works Director Ralph Davis is scheduled to brief the committee on the topic.
KCMO Bike/Ped Advisory Committee
Monday, August 28th at 4:30 p.m.
KC Health Department (4th Floor Sam Rodgers Conference Room)
2400 Troost Avenue
(bike parking on site, Troost MAX)
What we know:
Public Works is proposing that City Council allocate $600,000 in local funds to expedite the Downtown Bikeway Network this fall. This would include bike lanes on Grand Boulevard, West Pennway, Beardsley Road, and 3rd Street. See the ordinance before City Council this week.
Some questions we have:
What about East 18th Street?
Connecting the Crossroads with the 18th & Vine Jazz District via 18th was an important part of the original Downtown bike network plan, but it is conspicuously absent in the latest plan. We are troubled by exclusion of the 3rd District and East Side now that the bike lanes might be happening.
What about Armour/Benton Boulevards?
This project to add protected bike lanes through Midtown and a new bikeway through the East Side is even further behind than the Downtown project. However, there is no mention of the Armour/Benton project in Public Works’ currently proposed ordinance. Why is the Downtown project being accelerated over the older Midtown and East Side project?
What can you do?
- Attend today’s BPAC to learn more about what the city is planning to do.
- Attend the City Council’s Finance & Audit Committee Wednesday morning (8:30 am on the 10th Floor of City Hall).
- Stay tuned to BikeWalkKC’s advocacy mailing list and social media. We will post more information after the BPAC meeting when we have a better idea of what action individual advocates can take this week.
What BikeWalkKC is doing
Advancing these long-stalled urban core bike lane projects is a major part of our advocacy and public policy agendas this year. We’ve been meeting regularly through 2016 and 2017 with City Council members, the City Manager’s Office, and others to impress upon them the importance of solving problems, and providing our own technical support and expertise to help find an effective way forward.