From the first protected bike lanes to more bike boxes and new bike racks, the City is making progress toward being a more bicycle friendly community. The City is leveraging $2.3 million in federal transportation funds with local capital improvement funds for several on-street bike facilities slated for 2017 and 2018 construction.
2016 Completed Bike Lanes
The following projects are a result of the Road Diet Analysis Resolution from early 2015 and were constructed as part of street resurfacing:
- 2.4 miles of bike lanes were added along Gregory Blvd from Cleveland to Lakeside Drive.
- 1.5 miles of bike lanes were added along Barry Road from Highland to Kenwood.
- 1.5 miles of bike lanes were added along ne 108th street from Smalley Ave. to Cookingham Dr.
Downtown Loop – This is a much anticipated and talked about project, adding bike facilities using Grand Boulevard as the spine of the project and connecting seven neighborhoods into downtown. The City is currently determining best options for moving forward with this federally funded project.
As part of the Downtown Loop project, residents will see more green bike boxes. Last December, the Streetcar project installed the first green bike box at Petticoat and Main. The bike box is a designated area at the head of stopped traffic at signalized intersections that provide cyclists with a safe and visible way to get ahead of queuing traffic during the red signal phase. The bike box helps cyclists where there may be right or left turning conflicts with motorists.
Protected Bike Lanes
- A bikeway project is being developed with residents and stakeholders along Armour Boulevard from Broadway to Paseo, 3 miles. This project is funded with local capital improvement dollars and federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ). You can find more information on an open house outlining project plans here: Armour Boulevard Bikeway
- Public Works is currently assessing additional streets where protected bike lanes can be constructed in conjunction with a road diet for later this year.
Bikeway Projects in Design:
Bikeway projects updated November 2016.
Armour Boulevard – A 3 lane mile project is being developed with residents and stakeholders along Armour Boulevard from Broadway to The Paseo. This project is funded with local capital improvement dollars and federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ). A public meeting was held to share design plans and gather feed back. You can view those plans on our Armour Blvd Bikeway Feedback Page.
Paseo Boulevard – Independence Ave south to 85th Street. This project will add 19 lane miles of on-street bikeways making the longest continuous facility in the region and possibly the country. This project is currently in the RFQ process. The goal will be to work closely with the neighborhoods and stakeholders to design an innovative bikeway.
Lexington/Gladstone – This 6.6 lane mile project will wind through several Northeast neighborhoods from Woodland to Lexington and Gladstone and is currently in the RFQ process. The goal will be to work closely with the neighborhoods and stakeholders to design an innovative bikeway.
Charlotte/Holmes – 13th Street south to 36th Street. This project will add 2.5 lane miles of bikeways on both Charlotte and Holmes connecting downtown to midtown and is currently in the RFQ process. The downtown segments added a combination of dedicated bike lanes and shared lane markings as part of the street resurfacing program. The goal will be to work closely with the neighborhoods and stakeholders to design the bikeway corridor on these one-way pairs.
Benton Boulevard – This 11 lane mile project from St. John to Brush Creek proposes to be the City’s first Bicycle Boulevard. A bicycle boulevard are best on low motorized traffic volume and low speed streets designed to optimize bicycle travel. Benton is currently a signed bicycle route. This project proposes to enhance the safety and visibility of cyclists by adding green pavement with shared lane markings (sharrows) along with bike boxes and designated signage.
New KC Bicycle Parking Racks
Expect to see a hundred new KC branded bike racks popping up around the city this fall. The racks will be installed in several business districts. They were federally funded.