Kansas City Metro Bike Plan unveiled: Bikeways multiplying, but gaps dot the routes - News - Examiner - Independence, MO

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Regional leaders are encouraging cities across the metro area add more bike lanes, giving people a chance to get healthier, pollute the air less and maybe even find a different way to work.

“Local bikeways are growing at a phenomenal rate,” said Aaron Bartlett, senior transportation planner at the Mid-America Regional Council, which recently approved the Greater Kansas City Regional Bikeway Plan, calling for 2,000 miles of on-road and off-road routes across eight counties. . . .

The plan consists of both a mapping of current bike routes and an outline of many that could be filled in. For example, in Eastern Jackson County, the plan notes the existing bikeways that criss-cross Blue Springs, as well as the Little Blue Trace Trail in Independence. It also suggests filling in some gaps, such as along Missouri 291 and U.S. 24, and in various places in the Little Blue River valley.