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. While the City has encountered some hurdles getting bids within budget, the City continues to work diligently to identify creative solutions to complete these important projects.
Planned Bikeway Projects (last updated Sept 2017)
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. As a result of 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. Please check this page for updates on construction timelines. We greatly appreciate your patience, support, and advocacy as we keep the wheels turning on more bike facilities city-wide.
Armour/Benton Boulevard Bikeway – 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 feedback. You can view those plans on our Armour Blvd Bikeway Feedback Page. On Monday, August 28th, the City received approval from MODOT to incorporate this project into planned roadway asphalt work. The City will move forward on plans to open bids this fall. 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. We look forward to offering great bike access in the midtown and east Kansas City neighborhoods.
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 design process. Staff is working with stakeholders and will hold public meetings to get input on the design this fall.
Charlotte/Holmes – E 25th Street to E 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.
New KC Bicycle Parking Racks
Efforts are underway to install a hundred new KC branded bike racks around the City. The federally funded racks were installed all around the City in multiple business districts.