Action Alert: Gillham-Trolley Trail Connector Open House on Thursday, January 4th

Learn about the next steps for closing this gap and speak up for safer streets!

A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 4, 2024 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road) where the city will share options for multimodal improvements. If you can’t make it to the meeting, take the survey by clicking here.

Thanks to the efforts of engaged advocates like you, the city is finalizing plans to connect the Gillham cycletrack with the Harry Wiggins Trolley Track Trail and the Brush Creek Trail. On January 4 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, the public will have the chance to tell city leaders what sort of improvements should be made on Cleaver Boulevard and Rockhill Road.

BikeWalkKC has pushed for the city to close the gap between these two facilities for several years. We believe the best way to do that is by traffic calming and protected bike lanes on Cleaver II Boulevard. Our recommendation is based on several reasons:

  • Safety: Cleaver Boulevard is one of the most dangerous corridors in the city, according to KCMO’s High Injury Network.
  • Connectivity: Closing the gap and making Cleaver Blvd safer for everyone creates a multimodal corridor from 12th Street to 85th Street, connecting neighborhoods, schools, jobs, and visitor destinations.
  • Public Support: There is consensus among neighborhood leaders, including organizations like the Nelson-Atkins Museum and individual multimodal users, for improvements along Cleaver.

 

At the open house the City will present three options with a range of costs and benefits:

If the city cannot build the best option immediately, what can they build as an interim step to help people now? Having several different options helps avoid an all-or-nothing approach. 

 


BikeWalkKC’s take: Let’s build something quickly and inexpensively ASAP to improve safety and reduce the crashes today, while we work towards permanent improvements tomorrow.


 

Here’s what you can do to prepare for the meeting:

  • Read through the materials: You can learn more about the proposed improvements by clicking here.
  • Take the survey: Take a few minutes to fill out the survey and say which option you’d like to see on Cleaver Boulevard and/or Rockhill Road.
  • Invite your friends: Advocacy is a team sport, and when we show up, we win! The more people who show up and demand safety improvements along Cleaver, the better the chance we can make that idea a reality.

 


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