Westport to change traffic signals to four-way stops; bike/ped traffic & safety among the considerationsgns | KCStar

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Kansas City’s Public Works Department will replace traffic signals at two intersections in the heart of Kansas City’s Westport entertainment district with four-way stop signs.

The change, which begins Friday, affects the traffic signals at Mill Street and Pennsylvania Avenue along Westport Road. The Public Works Department has been studying vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic at the intersection and determined that the traffic signals do not meet federal guidelines.

MoBikeFed comment: This is a great example of the type of mundane decision that cities and traffic engineers make daily, that can either enhance or degree pedestrian and bicycle access and safety.

It is heartening to hear the Kansas City is considering the welfare of people who walk and bicycle whenever they are making this type of decision. This is a sea change from the situation just five or ten years ago.