Downtown Loop Bike Project
We’re celebrating the completion of the Grand Boulevard Bike Lanes this Friday at 9 a.m.! Meet us on the corner of 20th and Grand for some speeches from city leaders, the painting of the final bike symbol, and a bike ride to the River Market! See you there!
Project Progress (last updated Oct. 10 at 9 a.m.): Crews have striped bike lanes on Grand Blvd. from the I-70 bridge to 20th Street. Crews are putting on the final touches before a dedication event planned for Friday at 9 a.m.
Project Timeline: Construction of the Grand Boulevard portion of the Downtown Loop Bike Project (from 5th to 20th Street) began Wednesday, September 13th at 8:00 pm near Missouri St and Grand Blvd in the River Market. Due to the nature of the work and the need to have a clear roadway, the work schedule for this project will be from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday nights through Friday mornings. The project schedule will also work around major downtown events. The work will take at least 3 weeks to complete. Weather and downtown events may have an impact on the schedule. Please check this page for progress updates and pertinent information along the way.
Project Background: As a result of the continued federal funding hurdles, in late August 2017, the City decided to pursue this project using local funds. City Council’s Finance and Governance Committee approved an ordinance reallocating $600,000 from the City’s unappropriated Capital Improvements Sales Tax fund into the city’s street resurfacing contract, with the goal to start the Grand Boulevard portion of the project in fall 2017. The ordinance was approved by full council on September 7th.
Design Plans: Downtown Loop 18th street bike lanes will be completed as part of planned resurfacing next summer, after water main replacement is complete along the corridor.
Armour Blvd/Benton Blvd Bike Lanes
This bike-way through midtown and the city’s east side is another much anticipated project, and will mark the City’s first protected bike lanes.
Current Status: On Monday, August 28th, the City received approval from MODOT to incorporate this project into planned roadway asphalt work. The project went out to bid on Sept. 13. Bids will close October 10th. If bid successfully, the project would be on track for a Spring of 2018 construction start. This is the earliest temperatures get into the optimal ranges for micro-sealing asphalt work, as well as the application of pavement markings.
Charlotte/Holmes and Lexington/Gladstone Bikeways
Design meetings for these two projects commenced in September 2017 and will continue through the fall. Please see presentation materials from the Sept. 14 preliminary design meeting with key stakeholders here: Stakeholders Prelim Design Presentation
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 neighbhorhood extends from Indian Mound Park west to Independence Avenue and Maple Boulevard. 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.
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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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