Audit: Kansas City master bicycle transportation plan flawed | State & Regional |

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A recent city audit is critical of Kansas City's master bicycle transportation plan, saying it doesn't connect popular destinations and mostly hasn't been constructed because of the plan's many flaws.

The 22-page report said the 14-year-old Bike KC plan doesn't have most of the recommended elements of a bicycle master plan, the Kansas City Star ( ) reported. The audit said the master plan lacks design guidelines, goals and deadlines, meaning city planners cannot rely on Bike KC to incorporate bike lanes and other infrastructure into road projects.

"The purpose of a stand-alone bicycle plan is to identify the projects, policies and programs needed to fully integrate bicycling as a viable mode of transportation with a community," city auditor Douglas Jones said. He added that the routes don't take into account difficulty or safety issues, which mean the routes will be ridden more by recreational cyclists than commuters. . . .

City manager Troy Schulte agreed with the report's conclusions and has called for a complete rewrite of the 2002 bicycle plan.

MoBikeFed comment: BikeWalkKC is the lead bike/ped advocacy group in the Kansas City region, and has worked hard to build support in the city for a greatly improved citywide bicycle plan.

This Auditor's Report is an excellent opportunity to move that vision forward, and BikeWalkKC is leading the way.

MoBikeFed's summary of the report, the situation, the history, and the opportunity: