Kansas City Public Works is committed to implementing roadway improvements to better accommodate multi-modal travel. This effort includes construction of bike facilities citywide. Most recently, the City has completed construction of the first parking protected bike lanes on Armour Boulevard and the Downtown Bike Loop project. Both projects have brought new bike facilities that have never been seen before in Kansas City. As a means to help the public understand what some of the new symbols and markings on the roadway mean, we’ve developed this guide for your convenience: Bike Symbols and Markings Guide
Bike Project Progress Updates (last updated July 31, 2018)
The city’s first parking protected bike lanes were constructed on Armour Boulevard from Broadway to The Paseo and the project was completed in late July 2018. This bike-way through midtown and the city’s east side was a much anticipated project. Here are design plans for the bike facilities Armour Boulevard Bikeway Plans. Wondering how the new layout works for bikes and vehicles? Check out this rendering that shows how it works: Armour Bike Lane Drawing
Crews striped bike lanes and other bike safety improvement markings along Benton Boulevard from Cleaver to Truman. Here are the Benton Boulevard Bikeway Plans. Roadway striping was completed in June 2018.
This project will result in the longest contiguous on-street bikeway in Kansas City- constructing bike lanes from Independence Ave south to 85th Street along The Paseo Boulevard. The goal will be to work closely with the neighborhoods and stakeholders to design an innovative bike-way. You can view copies of open house materials here from open houses that were held over the spring and summer 2018: Paseo Open House Flyer and Paseo Open House Displays
Downtown Bike Loop
In October 2017, the city wrapped up the first phase of the Downtown Bike Loop project. This phase consisted of buffered bike lanes, green bike boxes along Grand Boulevard from 5th Street to 20th Street. The second phase of the project, connecting to adjacent neighborhoods,was completed in spring 2018. You can see the design plans for the entire Downtown Bike Loop here: Downtown Loop 18th street bike lanes will be completed as part of planned resurfacing in early fall 2018, after water main replacement is complete along the corridor.
Charlotte/Holmes and Lexington/Gladstone Bikeways
The Charlotte/Holmes Bikeway will provide bike access from E 25th Street to E 36th Street on both Charlotte Street and Holmes Streets. The Lexington/Gladstone Bikeway, running east to west in the City’s old Northeast neighborhood extends from Indian Mound Park west to Independence Avenue and Maple Boulevard.
Current Status: Design meetings for these two projects commenced in September 2017. The type of bike facilities along each corridor are still being decided upon as budget and neighborhood feedback are considered. More meetings for the broader neighborhoods will be announced soon. Check this page for updates. Please see presentation materials from September and October stakeholder meetings and a neighborhood Open House below.
The following presentation was given to stakeholders for both bike projects on September 17th, 2017. This presentation was an effort to familiarize the stakeholders with different bike facility options that currently exist.
The following design options were presented to project stakeholders as well as the broader neighborhood adjacent to the Charlotte/ Holmes Bikeway at an Open House. You will notice circles around certain design options. These circles represent the design alternative that received the most positive feedback from neighbors and stakeholders: Charlotte Holmes Bikeway Design Options
The following design options were presented to project stakeholders as well as the broader neighborhood adjacent to the Lexington/Gladstone Bikeway at an Open House. You will notice circles around certain design options. These circles represent the design alternative that received the most positive feedback from neighbors and stakeholders:
Bike Rack Permits
The city has streamlined the bike rack permitting process and decreased the fees associated with a bike rack permit. Residents can apply for a bike rack for $25 dollars and will not be charged any annual fees associated with bike rack installation. Please apply for a permit here: Application for bicycle rack permit
An ordinance went before council in February 2018 which added bike rack permits to the exception list for the encroachment permitting process and updated associated fees. You can view that ordinance here: Updated bike rack ordinance
Keep up with the latest on bike projects in a few different ways!
1. Sign up for AlertKC to receive text messages about bike project public meeting notices.
2. If you prefer email, you can subscribe to the city clerk’s office public meeting notices at kcmo.gov/subscribe.
3. Follow the latest news on Twitter @bikekc.
Bike KC Rewrite
The City is working to rewrite the Bike KC plan with the cooperation of multiple city departments. Staff with the City Planning department is leading the rewrite effort and updates to the Bike KC plan are posted on the City Planning department’s KC Bike Plan page. The goal for completion of the updated BikeKC plan is March 2018.
Kansas City is committed to improving its status as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. The rewrite of the Bike KC plan is a chance to elevate the profile of the plan and coordinate cross-departmentally to ensure the best and most up to date plan for cyclists in Kansas City.
KC Bike Racks
Have you seen these around town yet? Efforts are underway to install a hundred new KC-branded bike racks around the City. The federally funded racks will be installed in several business districts citywide. There are racks already installed at 18th and Vine, Martini Corner, in the Crossroads Arts District and more! You can view photos and a map and list of current KC-branded bike rack locations below. Check back for updates and we encourage you to tweet us photos of your bike locked to a rack on Twitter or Facebook.
2435 Independence Ave (2 racks) SW Blvd. and Central (1 rack)
2536 Independence Ave (2 racks) 21st and Central (2 racks)
2620 Independence Ave (1 rack) 3156 Troost (1 rack)
2904 Independence Ave (1 rack) 1081 Linwood (1 rack)
929 Walnut (1 rack) 1112 E. 31st St. (1 rack)
1103 Grand (1 rack) 401 E. 31st St. (2 racks)
18th & Vine (SW Corner) (1 rack) 1800 W. 39th St. (2 racks)
1823 W. 39th St. (1 rack) 1721 W. 39th St. (2 racks)
1810 Baltimore (1 rack) 5011 Main (CVS) (1 rack)
1821 Wyandotte (1 rack) 50th and Main (US Bank) (1 rack)
1823 Highland (1 rack) 51st and Main (2 racks)
1909 McGee (2 racks) 651 E. 59th St. (2 racks)
33 W. 19th (Kemper Museum) (2 racks)
KC’s First Bike Signal
Kansas City’s first bike signal was placed in 2016 at the intersection of Main and Petticoat Lane in downtown Kansas City. After citizen feedback, the city implemented a few changes to the bike signal and intersection after the initial install. Staff changed the phasing of the bike signal so the signal will stay green throughout the green phase of the traffic signal for westbound motorists. We have also added additional signage to the intersection to indicate that motorists should yield to bicycles. You can watch a video of our reveal and leave feedback at the link below.
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