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.
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a driver late on Tuesday, June 11. The crash occurred near the intersection of 67th Street and Troost around 11:30 p.m. According to authorities, the victim was sitting on a bench at the bus stop when the driver of a dark gray Impala went off the road and […]
Our education team has just wrapped its busiest season ever. Over the course of the Spring, we set records for nearly every metric! We served nearly 3000 students this semester, through 140 cohorts of BLAST (Bicycle Lessons and Safety Training), Earn-A-Bike, or Bike Club at 24 schools in 9 districts across the metro. New sites […]
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.
Last Saturday leaders from Jackson County and several area cities celebrated a ribbon cutting for the first phase of the much-anticipated Rock Island Trail, the first re-use of an old rail corridor that will eventually become a multi-modal bike/ped/transit corridor linking Kansas City and its southeast suburbs and on to the Katy Trail State Park. […]
As you may have seen over the past few weeks, the updated KCMO Bike Plan has been stalled at City Hall because of concerns about the price tag and the trade offs of investing in safer places for people who bike versus other city services. Both of those concerns are due to misinformation about the […]
As many have seen in the media recently, the new KCMO Bike Master Plan has been delayed at City Council because it has become a political fight pitting biking against housing. This is a false choice based on a great deal of misinformation about the supposed $400 million that could be better spent on something […]
On Monday, May 20, BikeWalkKC and the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance (KCRTA) hosted a forum for the candidates of the KCMO City Council. The event took place in the Truman Forum Auditorium at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. The event was sponsored by TranSystems. NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, we […]
Two children were hit in two separate crashes that occurred within minutes of each other on Sunday, May 19. Around 3:45 pm, a 5-year-old girl was crossing the street at East 40th Street and Wayne Avenue when the driver passed a stopped vehicle and struck her. Less than 5 minutes later, another child was hit […]
BikeWalkKC is now hiring for two part-time, seasonal positions: Youth Bike Education Instructors and a Bike Share Operations Associate.