On Monday two children were struck by drivers in the Kansas City region, starkly highlighting the need for more comprehensive policies that improve the built environment and protect our region’s most vulnerable road users. There are several upcoming opportunities for YOU to get involved and speak up for better biking and walking; read on to learn more.
KCMO City Council to consider Vision Zero resolution
Attend the hearing; speak up for safer streets
A proposed Vision Zero resolution will be heard by the Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations committee today, Wednesday, January 15 at 10:30 a.m. in the Council Chamber, 26th Floor of City Hall. A Vision Zero resolution will open the door to a systemic evaluation of the ways we can make our streets safe for everyone.
What is Vision Zero? Vision Zero is an approach that treats traffic fatalities as an avoidable public health problem. The draft resolution seeks to adopt a goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030 through data collection and analysis, prioritized project lists for rapid implementation, action plans, and evaluation. Click here to read the proposed resolution.
I’d like to testify at the hearing; what do I need to know? Please contact Michael Kelley, Policy Manager, for details.
KC Levee Trails Open House
Join the conversation on Thursday, January 23
BikeWalkKC advocates for opening more of our region’s extensive levee system for trail development, especially in KCK. Developing more trails along the Kansas River would not only create excellent new recreational opportunities, it would also increase access to industrial jobs in the Argentine, Armourdale, and Central Industrial Districts.
When: Thursday, January 23 between 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Where: KCK South Patrol Division
2200 Metropolitan Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66106
If you’re unable to attend the meeting, share your thoughts on this survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/kcleveetrail.
What’s your experience along the Linwood Corridor?
Take the survey and speak up for safer streets from State Line to Stadium Drive
Online commenting is now available for you to provide your thoughts on how to improve the Linwood Corridor. Click here to take the survey; the survey closes on January 24.
The Linwood Corridor Plan will explore the potential for an on-street bikeway and walkability improvements on Linwood Boulevard. The final plan will provide detailed information that City staff, elected officials, and community members may use as they pursue funding for design and construction of recommended improvements.
Speak up for Complete Streets along North Oak Trafficway
The North Oak Corridor is a key north/south corridor for Complete Streets, with options to enhance high-capacity transit options, implement high-quality on-street bikeway facilities, and improve pedestrian connections, accommodations, and crossings. This project seeks to provide options for all road users and bring a cohesive vision for North Oak in multiple communities. Attend the open house and provide your input:
When: Wednesday, February 5 between 4:00-7:00pm
Where: Northland Innovation Center
6889 North Oak Trafficway, Suite 400
Gladstone, MO 64118
BikeWalkKC hosts advocacy workshop
People have wanted to learn ways they can speak up more effectively for issues related to biking and walking, so BikeWalkKC stepped in to help. We hosted an “Advocacy 101” workshop on Monday, January 14 to share information related to why advocacy is important, who the decision makers are, major bike/ped issues in the region for 2020, and how to be a better advocate. Advocacy 101 was made possible with support from the Health Forward Foundation. This workshop was the first of its kind, but stay tuned for opportunities in the future. In the meantime, some resources you can use to advocate for better biking and walking in your neighborhood include:
- Our new, interactive Complete KC DIY Guide
- Links to issues and decision makers in your community
- BikeWalkKC’s Traffic Calming Library
Help Us Advocate for Your Neighborhood
The BikeWalkKC policy team works to fight for you and better biking and walking in your neighborhood at City Halls across the KC region. But advocacy is one of the hardest things for us to fund. We need the charitable support of our members and donors like you.