FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 17, 2016
Call it a chain reaction. As Kansas City continues to increase its bike facilities, a national organization has renewed the City’s status as a bronze level Bike Friendly Community. The League of American Bicyclists announced the renewal this week as the City prepares to roll out several new bike projects next year.
“We continue to incorporate bike facilities into our infrastructure plans,” says Kansas City Public Works Director Sherri McIntyre. “We certainly look forward to advancing our status as a bike friendly community and we are confident we will be successful.”
The City is already advancing that status with the implementation of a Bikeway Design Tool, which will help determine ways to give the highest level of bike services within a given roadway. Public Works is also engaging with the public to assess the needs of the community and moving forward with several bikeway projects. Last month, the department held an open house on plans for three lane miles of protected bike lanes along Armour Boulevard from Broadway Boulevard to The Paseo. Construction is planned for 2017 on that project and more open houses will be announced soon for additional bike facilities slated for 2017 and 2018 construction including:
- 6.6 lane miles from Woodland Avenue to Lexington Avenue/Gladstone Boulevard (2017)
- 2.5 lane miles on Charlotte Street/Holmes Street from 13th Street south to 26th Street (2017)
- 19 lane miles on The Paseo from Independence Avenue to 85th Street (2018)
The City will receive bids this month for facilities along Grand Boulevard in the Downtown Loop. Plans are also underway for an 11 lane mile project along Benton Boulevard from St. John Avenue to Brush Creek, proposing to be the City’s first bicycle boulevard, which is a low-speed street designed to optimize bike travel.
Kansas City is leveraging $2.3 million in federal transportation funds with about $1 million in local capital improvement funds for these projects. The City is also installing more bike boxes, bike racks, and recently installed its first bike signal at Petticoat and Main downtown.
You can keep track of the City’s progress on bicycle projects.
For more information contact Beth Breitenstein at 816-513-2612.