Late last week, BikeWalkKC learned about efforts to create more places for people in Independence. City staff submitted a successful application for a federal grant to improve Noland Road between 24 Highway and Fair Street. Key aspects of the project included:
- Upgrading sidewalks to ADA compliance
- Adding and updating push button pedestrian signals
- Improved transit stops
- New bike lanes
Despite these elements being in line with the City’s Complete Streets resolution, there appeared to be some concern that the City Council might not approve it. What made the situation more challenging was the fact that city rules allowed only taxpayers and residents to speak before the Council. BikeWalkKC wasn’t able to submit comments as an organization in support of the project.
But, like we often say, “Advocacy is a team sport.” We asked our members in Independence to speak up for safe streets for everyone, and they answered the call. Here are a few things residents said in their comments to elected officials:
“...This improvement will provide a much safer way for me to bike to work…” - Melissa E.
“...The infrastructure improvements are vital to ensuring the safety of all people in Independence…” - Carter J.
“Please, I am asking you to vote in favor of the Noland Road Complete Streets project.” - Dimitric E.
We’re happy to share that their efforts were successful. The Independence City Council considered the project earlier this week and voted to approve it!
Advocacy stories like this demonstrate the power of people. Independence residents won these improvements to Noland Road because Independence residents asked for healthier, safer, and more sustainable streets.
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