Bikeway Projects (updated 7/25/17)
The City has encountered some hurdles in getting federally funded bike projects on the street. The Downtown Loop project (includes bike lanes on Grand) was first advertised for bid in Spring 2015, but bids came in at almost twice the budget for the project. The City then rebid the project with a reduced scope in attempt to stay within budget, but bids came in too high again.
Since then, the City has been working with MODOT on creative solutions to attract lower bids and stay within budget. Early this year, the City proposed a procurement plan that would combine regular street maintenance with bike infrastructure, but this did not result in a cost-effective solution. Currently, the City is moving forward with a proposal that includes a combination of two federally funded bike projects (Downtown Loop and Armour/Benton Bike Lanes), and a request to reduce federal requirements that often drive up bid prices. The City is awaiting Federal Highway Administration approval to move forward with this solution. We will provide updates on this process here.
Though the federally funded bike projects are delayed, Kansas City is dedicated to moving forward with bike projects and will continue to incorporate bike infrastructure into ongoing capital improvement projects.
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.
Bike rack locations (last updated 6/28/2017):
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.