What is Bike KC?

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BikeKC is a proposal to create a network of on-street bike lanes and routes and reserve a little more right-of-way in future developments for pedestrian and biking facilities. Details about the plan can be found at www.bikekc.org.

Bicycle riders, groups, clubs, and shops around the area strongly support BikeKC and have worked hard to get it passed. BikeKC has real grass-roots support.

BikeKC has been tabled since September 2001. Apparently some developers oppose the plan because they will have to reserve a little more of their real estate in new developments for wider roadways that will include space for bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Others have opposed on-street bicycling facilities on safety grounds. Fortunately, there is ample data to show that bicycling is very safe, and in fact on-street bicycling is 2-3 times safer than bicycling on off-street bicycle paths. Furthermore, on-street bicycle facilities are the only way to make bicycling a realistic transportation alternative. Off-street bike paths are a great recreation alternative and BikeKC's on-street facilities will be a nice complement to the many planned bicycle paths in the MetroGreen plan.

Thanks to a grass-roots effort and at the request of Mayor Barnes and Councilman Charles Eddy, on July 31st, 2002 BikeKC will again come for consideration before the Kansas City Planning and Zoning Commission.

Why should Kansas Citians support BikeKC?

What Can I Do to Support Bike KC?

I urge Kansas City road users to let the Kansas City Council members know that you support BikeKC. Grass-roots effort has been important in getting BikeKC as far as it has, and more is needed to push it over the top.

Please be polite and persuasive when you write the City Council, 24th Floor, 414 E. 12th St., KCMO 64106, call (816) 513-1625, or email.

Please consider attending the meeting of the Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee when BikeKC will be considered. The meeting is July 31st, 2002, at 1:30PM, in the Council Chambers, 26th Floor of City Hall, 414 East 12th Street.

Council members on the Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee (who most need to hear from you on this issue) are Ed Ford, Troy Nash, Bonnie Sue Cooper, and Mary Williams-Neal.

City Council Email Addresses

Mayor: Kay Barnes


1st District (at large): Ed Ford

Email: chad_bartlett@kcmo.org

1st District: Teresa Loar

Email: lisa_minardi@kcmo.org

2nd District (at large): Bonnie Sue Cooper

E-mail: linda_becker@kcmo.org

2nd District: Paul Danaher

E-mail: paul_danaher@kcmo.org

3rd District (at large): Troy Nash

E-mail: troy_nash@kcmo.org

3rd District: Mary Williams-Neal

Email: mary_williams-neal@kcmo.org

[note that aides receive email for some council members--thus the email name is not always the same as the council member name]

4th District (at large): Evert Asjes III

Email: julie_llorente@kcmo.org

4th District: Jim Rowland

Email: dana_laiben@kcmo.org

5th District (at large): Becky Nace

Email: tom_wyrsch@kcmo.org

5th District: Terry Riley

(No Email, Phone: (816) 513-1625)

6th District (at large): Alvin Brooks

(No Email, Phone: (816) 513-1625)

6th District: Charles A. Eddy

Email: charles_eddy@kcmo.org

Who Wrote This?

Dr. Brent Hugh, classical pianist and professor of music at Missouri Western State College, has bicycled about 2000 miles on Kansas City-area roads in the past year. He can be reached at bhugh@mwsc.edu or (816) 356-1740.