City Council approved an ordinance in December 2017 that reinforces efforts to provide safe and accessible options for all forms of travel for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and motorists. The Complete Streets ordinance provides guidelines on how sidewalks and bicycles should be included in capital road projects and new development, offering increased efficiencies and lowering the environmental impact of the City’s transportation system.
“This codifies our mission to provide equitable multi-modal access to all roadway users. It was a collaborative effort to put together this comprehensive policy and we are thankful for support from our partner city departments, City Council, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and community advocates,” said Public Works Director Sherri McIntyre.
While the City has standards that guide the integration of the BikeKC plan and sidewalks within city projects, the Complete Streets ordinance streamlines this process and adds oversight from city committees. The ordinance defines what could qualify as an alternative or exception to the Complete Streets guidelines, and outlines a public-facing process for considering those proposals. In addition, the ordinance adds implementation, reporting and design guidelines for city projects.
You can see examples of recent complete streets projects along Grand through downtown and along 20th Street in the Crossroads Arts District.
“The Complete Streets Ordinance will shape Kansas City’s growth so our future city is a healthier, safer and more connected place for everyone,” said Councilwoman Jolie Justus. “This couldn’t have happened without the collaborative effort between our citizen advocates and city staff. I’m very thankful to them and proud to have been a part of that process.”
The ball is already rolling on other multi-modal access improvements. This spring, the City will complete the update of the BikeKC Plan, establishing a clear vision for a connected bike network on Kansas City streets. Also in spring, the City will begin GOKC sidewalk spot repairs citywide. To learn about the city’s plans to improve sidewalks and bicycle infrastructure, you can visit kcmo.gov/sidewalks or kcmo.gov/kcbikeplan. You can view the ordinance language here: Complete Streets Ordinance