Another Round of Safe Streets and Roads for All funding in the KC metro!

Metro communities receive $1.8 million to improve the safety of people walking, biking, and using public transit.

Kansas

  • Leawood: $452,000
  • Mission: $160,000
  • Overland Park: $500,000
  • Paola: $120,000
  • Prairie Village: $80,000
  • Spring Hill: $200,000

Missouri

  • Belton: $200,000
  • Grandview: $240,000
  • North Kansas City: $240,000

In addition to these local grants, the Mid-America Regional Council received $400,000 for the entire Kansas City region.  

As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) created the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant program. The program is intended to support local, regional, and Tribal efforts to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. It is a key plank of USDOT’s National Roadway Safety Strategy and the department’s goal of zero roadway deaths using a Safe Systems Approach.

Due to the increase in crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving vulnerable road users (i.e. pedestrians, people with disabilities, transit riders, cyclists), this grant is a major opportunity for cities and regions to invest more in plans and projects to make their communities safer for these groups. KCMO and other places have used the funding for efforts like speed limit review and updating key documents related to traffic safety.

With the USDOT’s recent announcement of communities to receive safety grants, we’re seeing more investments in our region to create safer streets for everyone.  

BikeWalkKC’s Community Planning program is honored to have led the creation of North Kansas City’s bike master plan and the Go Grandview bike/pedestrian strategic plan. We are also currently working with the City of Mission on plans for their Rock Creek corridor.

While we don’t yet know the timeline for these planning projects, we expect them to happen over the course of 2024 and 2025. Be sure to join our Advocacy Alerts email list to stay updated on progress in your community. If you’re interested in learning more about the SS4A grant program, any of these projects, or the different ways you can get involved in advocating for safer streets for all, email us at policy@bikewalkkc.org

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