Missouri Bicycling, Walking, Running, and Trails News

KCMO's first-ever citywide bicycle plan, BikeKC, passes crucial Committee vote

Below is the report submitted by local advocate Brent Hugh, one a handful of local citizens organizing support for Bike KC, about the passage of BikeKC in the key Kansas City, MO, City Council Committee meeting in August, 2002:

BikeKC passed a crucial committee meeting vote today, August 7th, 2002. Now we need your support to help it pass the full City Council.

BikeKC is a plan to

* Add a network of bicycle routes to already-existing streets. 

* Create and encourage the creation of the infrastructure that makes bicycling a viable
transportation choice. Examples: bike racks and bike lockers around town, showers in places of
employment.

* Reserve enough right-of-way in new developments so that new streets will have enough room for
bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

I am pleased to report that the meeting went very well and BikeKC was passed along to the full city
council with a favorable recommendation.

The Bike Parade
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 Our "Bike Parade" to the committee meeting was a great success and a lot of fun. We estimated over 60 riders joined in--not bad for a ride on a Wednesday afternoon that had only been announced a few days before.

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BikeKC to be brought to a vote

Are drivers willing to share the road with bicyclists? Riders have a plan they say will make cycling safer. It is called Bike KC, and supporters are gearing up to put it before a City Council committee this week.

KMBC had a good report on the issues involved in the BikeKC plan, summarized on their web site:

KC To Consider Bike Routes On Streets

Backer Of Plan Says It Would Make KC More Livable

POSTED: 4:41 p.m. CDT August 5, 2002
UPDATED: 4:55 p.m. CDT August 5, 2002

Are drivers willing to share the road with bicyclists? Riders have a plan they say will make cycling safer. It is called Bike KC, and supporters are gearing up to put it before a City Council committee this week.

KMBC's Bev Chapman reported that Meyer Boulevard and Valley are two roads that one day could contain a painted bike lane.

Brent Hugh and his son, Jonathon, 6, believe the metropolitan area would be a better place if there was more bicycling instead of driving.

"It could really make our city a more livable place," Hugh said.

Hugh and other riders are supporting a plan to integrate a network of bike routes on Kansas City streets, like the one he rides in Raytown.

"It just made a tremendous difference," Hugh said. "Now you see families walking, people bicycling, kids bicycling."

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Why support BikeKC--A Plan to Make Kansas City More Bicycle-Friendly

The plan has been years in development, but is now stuck in committee at the city council. Your support could make the difference in making bicycling a safer and more convenient transportation and recreation option in Kansas City.

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