YOU can speak up for safer streets: upcoming advocacy opportunities

Our local governments work best when residents get involved. Whether you talk to your neighbors about sidewalk conditions, attend a public meeting about Complete Streets, or write your councilperson about drivers speeding by your kids’ school, you are an advocate for necessary change in your community. Your voice matters, and it is important that you keep speaking up for safety and accessibility. There are currently several opportunities around the region to stand for active transportation:

  • Buck O’Neil Bridge Replacement: The bridge is reaching the end of its lifespan, and local and state government officials are proposing four options to address the issue. Read our blog about the possible solutions, then follow the links to see the online public meeting and vote for safety and neighborhood connectivity.
  • GO KC Sidewalk Meetings: KCMO voters overwhelmingly approved a major sidewalk program in 2017. The City’s current focus is “Zone 2,” which includes Midtown and the East Side. Read our blog for details about the process, and make sure to attend one of the upcoming meetings to hear updates and give feedback.
    • Monday, August 26th 5:30-7:30PM, Kansas City Public Library – Lucile H. Bluford Branch
      3050 Prospect Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64128
    • Wednesday, September 4th  5:30-7:30PM, Gregg/Klice Community Center
      1600 John “Buck” O’Neil Way, Kansas City, MO 64108
    • Monday, September 9th 5:30-7:30PM, Brush Creek Community Center
      3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64130
  • North Kansas City Bike Plan: North Kansas City is working with BikeWalkKC and other partners to develop a Bike Master Plan.  This effort will support safer streets, more inviting public spaces, and better access to North Kansas City destinations for everyone to enjoy. Read our blog on the plan, and if you missed their first open house in June (or even if you just want some updates on what’s happened this summer), you can attend their next meeting in September.
  • Safe Routes to School Summit: Kids build community, stay active, and learn independence when they walk or bike to school. Join us for conversations about programming, engineering, engagement, and funding Safe Routes to School initiatives in your neighborhood. This event is appropriate for parents, educators, city and community leaders, and anyone else committed to the health of our children and our cities. Learn more and register now:
  • Truman Connected: If you could design a pedestrian and bicycle path that connects residents and visitors to neighborhoods, Independence Square, Truman Library, Englewood Arts District, Truman Sports Complex, and the Rock Island Trail, what would it look like? The City of Independence, in coordination with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and a Steering Committee of community members, is kicking off Truman Connected to develop a concept. Community feedback is important to developing the best possible route, so the City is seeking comments about the destinations you love, barriers for reaching them by foot or bicycle, and more. Click here to review the project and provide your feedback online:

Want some pointers on how to get the most out of public meetings? You guessed it: read our blog! Add your voice to these important initiatives to create better communities. Together, we can redefine our streets as places for people to build a culture of active living.

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