Last night, the North Kansas City City Council held a special public meeting to discuss the recent “complete street” improvements to Armour Road, to decide then and there whether to rip out the changes less than a month after they were completed. The meeting, and its outcome, came down to numbers: Grassroots organizers in support […]
As the region’s only metro-wide pedestrian/bicycle advocacy organization, BikeWalkKC works in city halls across the five-county region to speak up for improvements to the built environment for all who live, work, and visit our cities. North Kansas City is one such city that we believe has been a leader in planning and implementing projects that […]
Traffic deaths are as much of an epidemic as homicides. Ongoing media narratives about bikes versus cars ignore the real human cost of dangerous streets, which disproportionately impact communities of color and low wealth.
Local and state government officials are proposing three options for replacing the Buck O’Neil Bridge over the Missouri River in Downtown, along with an option to not build at all. This bridge is part of a bigger vision called Beyond the Loop that studied the transformative impact on the Downtown Loop, River Market, and Columbus […]
It’s been a few months since we last updated you on the new Bicycle Master Plan for the City of KCMO. The plan had a hearing at City Council back in April, and then became a topic of debate in the June election for Mayor and City Council. The bike plan is currently on hold […]
During the month of August you have an opportunity to influence the next KCMO city budget, especially to speak up for investments in walking, biking, and transit. Attend an interactive session where you can share your ideas for the city’s budget and how it reflects the city’s goals for transportation, public health, equity, and more.
With schools around the region expanding summer school offerings, the BikeWalkKC Education Team has even more opportunities to teach young people Bicycle Lessons and Safety Training (BLAST). In a recent session at Lakewood Elementary in North KC, students received three weeks of bike safety education and riding practice. Our instructors spent the first 5 days […]
Last week, North Kansas City began construction on the first phase of its Armour Road Complete Streets Plan. This first phase of work extends from Ozark to Fayette Streets and includes a road diet (reducing the number of travel lanes), decorative crosswalks, new bump outs and medians, and new protected bike lanes. Armour Road is […]
Congratulations to Mayor-elect Quinton Lucas and all of the returning and incoming City Council members! We look forward to working with them to advance our policy platform and to continue redefining our streets as places for people to build a culture of active living. KC’s transportation system can and should be a platform that supports the city’s strategic goals for equity, inclusion, affordability, sustainability, safety, and shared prosperity.
One of the mobility-related issues that has come up in the debates for the June 18th KCMO Mayoral and City Council election is the idea of a city-level Department of Transportation, or DOT. It’s an idea that we have been researching and studying for some time now. This is why we believe a KC DOT could be an effective strategy for improving mobility across the city and addressing the many challenges of a fractured transportation structure spread across multiple silos in City Hall. It could be especially effective in addressing long standing community frustration with the pace of improvements for people who walk, bike, and use transit.