Bicyclists advocate for change in mindset as city adds bike lanes - 41 Action News

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More bike lanes are on the way in Kansas City. Advocates say as the city adopts a mindset of sharing the road, drivers need to do the same.

Over the next three weeks, crews will add bike lanes along Grand Boulevard from 20th Street north to I-70. At the same time, the city is in the process of creating a Bicycle Master Plan. The goal is to continue to add bike lanes throughout the city.

“I believe this progress on Grand Boulevard, the sort of quick action to get it moving before the end of the year, is a sign we're finally starting to realize we need to do a lot more,” explained Eric Bunch, the policy director at BikeWalkKC.

He said a change in the culture of sharing the road will make roads safer for bicyclists and drivers. Bunch’s first piece of advice to drivers is to not park in bike lanes.

MoBikeFed comment: This is a long-awaited and long-needed change for Kansas City. It remains to be seen whether this one important project, very long in the works, will lead to a real change in mindset and practices at the city.

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