Bike KC – moving to a bicycle-friendly community
Armour Boulevard Bikeway
On Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 the Kansas City Public Works Department held an open house outlining the design plans for the Armour Boulevard Bikeway. The City is implementing a road diet and three miles of protected bike lanes on Armour Boulevard from Broadway to the Paseo. This project is funded with local capital improvement dollars and federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds. More information on the project, including photos from the open house and a feedback link, is posted at the link below:
KC’s First Bike Signal
A new bike signal is in place at the intersection of Main and Petticoat Lane in downtown Kansas City. The signal is the first of its kind in Kansas City and city leaders are helping the community learn about how to properly use the signal. City staff has been gathering constructive feedback since Sept. 23 and have implemented a few changes to the bike signal and intersection in response to that feedback. Staff has 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.
Bike KC Plan
The Bike KC plan is a transportation network of on-street bicycle facilities. Adopted by ordinance, the 600 mile bicycle facilities network is located on both existing and future city streets. The City is currently completing the first phase which includes 180 miles of signed bicycle routes. This phase also included replacing water inlets, storm drain grates and utility covers that were hazards for cyclists. The City is about to start work to update Bike KC with the cooperation of multiple city departments. These standards will be compliant with AASHTO and MUTCD design standards. View the Bike KC map to stay up-to-date on the status of Bike KC and the installation of new facilities.
Kansas City has been making significant progress on adding bike lanes and other improvements for cycling through the city. Kansas City recently renewed its status as a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists and the City is confident in advancing that status.
With almost 30 miles of bike facilities entering the design or construction phase next year, implementation of the Bikeway Design Tool and integrating bike facilities in ongoing city projects, we are confident that we are moving Kansas City strongly into a position to advance our Bicycle Friendly Community status.
Bike KC and the Major Street Plan
Adoption of the bicycle facilities into the Major Street Plan enables the City to require right-of-way dedication for future bike lanes do my essays. The dedication of right-of-way, approximately 8 to 12 feet, will allow for the future development of bicycle lanes as demand warrants. Inclusion of the routes in the plan also helps ensure that new bridges along the bicycle routes will be constructed to accommodate bicycle facilities and options for obtaining future federal funds are enhanced.