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 […]
BikeWalkKC works day in and day out to fulfill our mission to redefine our streets as places for people to build a culture of active living. We do this because we understand the importance that our streets play as an integral part of our public space. What’s so important about our public space is the […]
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.
As we approach the one year anniversary of Kansas City’s first protected bike lanes on Armour Boulevard in KCMO, data from Public Works and the KCPD shows that traffic crashes are down, bike traffic is up, and car traffic is calmer. City Hall is also making some tweaks to the design in response to concerns about visibility at intersections for motorists. This data and the City’s willingness to make iterative improvements will help ensure lessons learned on Armour are used in the new bike plan and future bike lane projects.
For the next few Feel Good Fridays, we’ll be discussing the KCMO Bike Plan. Read on to learn more! If you haven’t heard already, the City of Kansas City, Missouri is going through the process of adopting an updated version of the Bike KC Master Plan. There’s a lot of information in this new plan, […]
One of the benefits of working with local foundations is the deeply connected relationship a nonprofit builds with the organization. Since our very early days, BikeWalkKC has been a recipient of support from the Health Forward Foundation (HFF, formerly the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City). The Health Forward Foundation advocates for healthy and equitable communities […]
Do you ever wonder how you can affect change in your own neighborhood? Policy Coordinator Michael Kelley shares how you can join the conversation at public meetings and speak up for what matters to you. BikeWalkKC regularly works in both the advocacy and planning realms to foster policy and changes to the built environment that […]
Have you ever considered how to share the holiday spirit with your neighbors? Whether you squeeze it in to your holiday break, or start planning now for a project once the weather is a little less frightful, we have a few ideas from our DIY Complete Streets Guide for inexpensive neighborhood spruce-ups that are sure […]
For many of us, walking is our first mode of transportation, but as driving in personal vehicles has become more common, our appreciation for that original movement has fallen away. When we walk (or roll, for folks who use chairs or mobility devices), we breathe fresh air and get a little exercise. We notice the […]