Archive for the 'planning' Category

Grain Valley trails plan

Grain Valley sits on the eastern edge of Kansas City’s booming suburban sprawl. Within the space of a decade it has morphed from a walkable and bikeable farming town into an automobile-dependent suburban bedroom community. Citizens seem to be realizing the impact of sprawl on their community, and the city has responded with a […]

Olathe Bike Plan Meeting

Next week the suburb of Olathe, KS will present an update on the city’s new bike master plan, which combines on-street bike routes with multi-use trails to provide an integrated transportation and recreation network.  Planners are hoping for a February 2008 adoption by the Olathe City Council.
The EarthRiders forum has the details on the meeting.

KCMO Planning/zoning update

Let’s Go KC has an update on bicycle, pedestrian, and transit regulations in the city’s new development code, the thing that controls where/what/how things get built in the city.  It is shaping up to be a pretty step forward for making the city more bike/ped friendly, thanks to many of you who wrote letters to […]

Englewood Road

There is a public meeting tonight regarding the widening of NW Englewood west of US 169.  This street is on the city’s BikeKC plan, but I have heard that the city intends build a potentially hazardous sidepath trail, instead of bike lanes.
As many of you know, statistics show that trails alongside roads are often dangerous […]

Let’s Go, KC!

Let’s Go KC: The Alliance for Transportation Choice is a new coalition of people and organizations interested in making Kansas City more livable by encouraging the city to support bicycling, walking, and public transportation.
The first issue the group is tackling is the city’s new development code, which effects planning and zoning, parking, traffic, etc. I’ve […]

Bikes and Light Rail

Hopefully you’ve heard that light rail is a big deal around river city lately. Even if Clay Chastain’s plan is nixed, all signs point towards some kind of plan eventually getting built. So, what would that mean for cyclists? On one hand, improving public transportation and getting some automobiles will be a […]

Tonight the city will hold a public meeting on a proposed trail along North Troost Avenue, between Englewood and Vivion. This trail would be funded with $250,000 from the TIF project that is building a new strip mall at the northeast corner of Vivion and North Oak.
While new trail development is certainly welcome, these types […]

Bike Parking for NKC

KCMO isn’t the only metro city working on providing bicyclists with safe and convenient parking.  The Sun-Tribune reports that North Kansas City’s planning commission has asked the City Council to put bike racks in the city’s downtown area. Commissioner David Katz cites livability reasons as well as the opportunity to reduce demand for automobile parking.
Northland […]

The suburb of Mission, KS is working on a new multi-use trail along Rock Creek, which flows adjacent to their downtown business district. It is part of the Johnson County Streamway network and is on a regional MetroGreen corridor that will eventually connect to the Brush Creek trail at the Country Club Plaza and onward […]

Finally, at long last, dangerous storm drains and grates the one at the right are an endangered species.  New KCMO Bike/Ped Coordinator Deb Ridgway has been hard at work jump-starting the long-delayed BikeKC plan, which includes a big project to replace dangerous storm drains.
The Water Department is currently soliciting bids on three contracts to replace […]

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