One of the ways our region supports increased biking and walking is by funding projects to plan for or develop new infrastructure for people to walk, bike, and roll upon.
For the Kansas City metro, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) is an important leader for this work. In addition to convening active transportation leaders from across the region, they are also responsible for distributing funds from federal programs that help to pay for active transportation projects.
Specifically, the Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) program works “to advance detailed local planning and project development activities that further the creation of VIBRANT places that offer a mix of options for housing, jobs, services and recreation; CONNECTED places with a variety of transportation options; and GREEN places that support healthy living and a healthy natural environment.”
To determine which projects are selected for PSP funding, MARC offers the public the chance to weigh in on the proposed projects.
You can check out the list of projects from across the region by clicking here. While many of these proposals support the initial planning phases of a project, they are the first real step to getting a project from paper to the pavement.
Every comment on a given project matters. Projects with more public support will get more attention from the committees that ultimately choose which projects to fund. So leave a comment and then encourage a friend to do the same!
Be sure to leave your feedback for projects by July 3, 2020.