The “Neighborhood Inclusion” Policy Still Falls Short

UPDATE: When this ordinance was debated at City Council on December 8, 2021, 1st District Councilmember Heather Hall proposed making it apply to the entire city. This means that existing and future bike facilities are at risk. Here’s how you can take action to save Complete Streets and Vision Zero in KC: Call your councilmembers and […]

How the infrastructure bill helps walking and biking in KC

Late last week, the House of Representatives adopted a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, ending months of debate over legislation intended to improve everything from roads and bridges to lead pipes and the internet. There is quite a bit in this new legislation. While it is not perfect on issues like equity or climate change, several […]

KCMO’s 3rd District wants safer streets; let’s work together to make it happen

Last week, 3rd District Councilmember Melissa Robinson introduced legislation (KCMO Ordinance 210966) that would remove bike lanes from the 3rd District, prioritize neighborhood associations over other community stakeholders when making decisions about future bikeway projects, and exempt the 3rd District from the city’s Complete Streets ordinance.  We agree with the Councilmember that City Hall persistently […]

3 ways to get more kids walking to school

As schools and families are experimenting with new ways to keep kids healthy and in school, perhaps it’s time to rely on old-fashioned transportation: walking and bicycling to school. Kids who walk and bike to school start their day with fresh air, exercise, and social interaction. They “get the wiggles out” before they sit down […]

Mile 5 (2015): Partnership seeks public funding for sidewalks

Mile 10 Campaign – BikeWalkKC Celebrates its 10th Anniversary! This year, we celebrate our 10th anniversary! BikeWalkKC was officially launched in April 2011 as a nonprofit organization with a mission and purpose to serve the bi-state Kansas City metro area. We were Kansas City’s first professional advocacy and education organization dedicated to bicycling and walking. […]

Mile 4 (2014): Who belongs on Kansas City streets?

Mile 10 Campaign – BikeWalkKC Celebrates its 10th Anniversary! This year, we celebrate our 10th anniversary! BikeWalkKC was officially launched in April 2011 as a nonprofit organization with a mission and purpose to serve the bi-state Kansas City metro area. We were Kansas City’s first professional advocacy and education organization dedicated to bicycling and walking. […]

Reflections: My Time as the BikeWalkKC Community Ambassador

For the past year, Lati Horton has worked on our policy team as a community ambassador, thanks to support from the AmeriCorps VISTA program through the Kansas City Public Library. As she prepares to depart, Lati shares her insights from working in the position. Working with BikeWalkKC has been one of the best professional experiences […]

ADVOCACY ALERT: Comment on the Missouri State Freight and Rail Plan

Deadline of Friday, June 4 to help ensure Missouri’s improvements to its rail system also supports walking and biking! MODOT is updating the state’s freight and rail plan. One of the central focuses of the plan is to identify “strategies for the transportation network to operate harmoniously across all modes.” The schedule for the plan […]

KCMO takes important step towards decriminalizing walking and biking

The City Council voted unanimously on May 6, 2021 to repeal statutes related to dirty wheels, bike inspections, and jaywalking. Since the summer of 2020, BikeWalkKC has advocated for the decriminalization of walking and biking. In a letter to Mayor Quinton Lucas, we identified three portions of the municipal code which effectively criminalized the activities […]