FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 29, 2016
Kansas City, Missouri, is making its mark as a bike-friendly community and a northland neighborhood is seeing this plan in action. A mile and a half stretch of Northeast Barry Road has reopened to traffic with a new bike lane — one of five on-street projects intended to ultimately add 49 miles of bikeways by 2020.
This section of Northeast Barry Road, from North Highland Avenue to North Kenwood Avenue, was designated for the bike lane as part of a city ordinance. The ordinance directs city leaders to identify roads with more than three lanes, study traffic in the area and determine if bike lanes are a good fit.
The bike lane should also provide another benefit to Bridge Point Park patrons, who now will be less likely inconvenienced by some motorists who routinely park illegally alongside that part of Barry Road.
The final touches on the bike lane will be complete by Labor Day Weekend.
Other project details:
- The road now consists of three lanes total, one in each direction along with the pre-existing two-way turn lane in the center.
- The bike lane is six feet wide along most of the stretch, but narrows to five feet on a thinner section of road from North Tracy to North Highland.
- The remaining work includes a traffic buffer area and some extra signage for both motorists and bicyclists.
For more information, contact Beth Breitenstein, Public Works PIO, at 816-513-2612 or Beth.Breitenstein@kcmo.org.