Bike KC – moving to a bicycle-friendly community
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 will lead 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. In the meantime, Public Works is coordinating with the City Manager’s office to move forward with several bikeway projects and additional bike facility opportunities.
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.
With almost 30 miles of bike facilities entering the design or construction phase next year, we are confident that we will keep the ball rolling forward to advance our Bicycle Friendly Community status.
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!
Bike rack locations (last updated 3/28/2017):
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)
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 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. 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.