Roeland Park Complete Streets Resolution

Adopted October 3rd, 2011

WHEREAS, the KC Health Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing obesity and 
improving the health of children in the greater Kansas City are; 
WHEREAS, there is a growing recognition that streets designated solely for motor vehicles may 
be a contributing factor to the national obesity epidemic that is affecting the well 
being of the citizens of this country, as single purpose streets have been found to 
limit the opportunity for children and adults to get regular physical activity during 
their daily routines; 
WHEREAS, among its initiatives, KC Healthy Kids is actively encouraging communities and 
organizations throughout the metropolitan area to support the concept of 
“Complete Streets” within each jurisdictional area;
WHEREAS, the concept of “Complete Streets” is to design and build streets that balance the 
safety and convenience of vehicular traffic with the needs of others, such as 
pedestrians, bicyclists and people of all ages and abilities; 
WHEREAS, the Complete Streets concept does not prescribe a singular design for all streets, 
instead each street is considered to be unique and expected to respond to the needs 
of the community within the context of its link within the overall street system;
WHEREAS, the City of Roeland Park recognizes the importance of creating “Complete Streets”
that enable safe travel by all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public 
transportation riders and drivers and people of all ages and abilities, including 
children, youth, families, older adults, and individuals with disabilities. 
WHEREAS, increasing walking and bicycling offers the potential for greater health of the 
population, and more livable communities; and
WHEREAS, Complete Streets support economic growth and community stability by providing 
accessible and efficient connections between home, school, work, recreation and 
retail destinations by improving the pedestrian and vehicular environments 
throughout communities; and
WHEREAS, Complete Streets enhance safe walking and bicycling options for school-age 
children, in recognition of the objectives of the national Safe Routes to School 
program; and
WHEREAS, the City of Roeland Park recognizes the importance of street infrastructure and 
modifications such as sidewalks, crosswalks, shared use paths, bicycle lanes, 
signage, narrow vehicle lanes and accessible curb ramps, that enable safe, 
convenient, and comfortable travel for all users; therefore
BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Roeland Park, to the extent feasible, will include Complete 
Streets design considerations and practices as a routine part of infrastructure 
planning and implementation; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Roeland Park supports the future development 
of a non-motorized transportation plan and a Complete Streets policy that 
supports ease of use and safety for all users of transportation systems within the 
City of Roeland Park.
PASSED by the City Council this _______ day of October, 201