Lenexa looks to 'complete streets' approach to improve pedestrian, bike access

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Lenexa has begun a process to ensure its streets are more accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, bus riders and the handicapped. The city will begin looking for a consultant this month to begin a “complete streets” study that city staff hopes to have finished by the end of 2018.

The aim of the study is to promote street design and signage to make things safer for all travelers. The study will look at such things as street light timing, transit stops, roundabouts and bike lanes.

The city has made some improvements on streets the past few years, concentrating on roundabouts and other traffic-slowing design as well as traffic signal timing and more wheelchair-accessible curb cuts. But city council members have been under pressure from a group of bicyclists in recent months to improve bike infrastructure.

The group iBike Lenexa has pressed for bike lanes and share-the-road signage that the city now lacks. Some have questioned why they city has not already adopted a complete streets plan.

MoBikeFed comment: Lenexa is in the Kansas City metro area and is one of a growing number of communities in that area who have adopted or are working to adopt Complete Streets policies.

More about how your community can adopt and implement its own Complete Streets Policy here:

mobikefed.org/CompleteStreets

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