Summary of NKC Bike Master Plan

North Kansas City

Contact Information

Organization: North Kansas City
Contact person: Sara Copeland
Title: Community Development Director
Phone: 8164127855
Organization address: 2010 Howell St
  North Kansas City, MO    64116

General Information

Project title: NKC Bike Master Plan
Project description: North Kansas City has added new bicycling infrastructure at a prodigious pace over the last two years, including the region’s first fully separated two-way cycletrack, new bike lanes for Armour Road, and expanded sharrow routes, with additional facilities planned for future construction. As these new facilities reach completion, it is the City’s desire to consider ways to strengthen the environment for biking as part of the overall transportation network by identifying and filling gaps in the bicycling network, identifying other supportive infrastructure needs, and developing a policy framework that guides ongoing decision-making regarding bicycling as a transportation mode. The Bike Master Plan will include the following components: • Identification of gaps in the bicycle network, as well as identification of supportive infrastructure needs, such as bicycle repair stations, bike parking, and street crossings, and conceptual plans for facilities to fill these gaps; • Recommendations regarding public education to support and encourage bicycling, particularly among the “Interested but concerned” type of cyclist; • Establishment of goals for shifting transportation modes from motorized vehicles to bicycling; • Development of metrics and performance measures other than vehicular Level of Service; such as Multi-Modal Level of Service, Quality of Service, Level of Stress, or Accessibility; and establishment of targets to evaluate future projects; • Implementation plan for future improvements to be used in capital improvement planning and future projects.
Project Type: Sustainable Places Project
Project Contact: Sara Copeland
Project Location: North Kansas City, Clay County
Project Scope: North Kansas City’s small size, compact development pattern, and generally flat topography make it an ideal place for bicycling. The City’s Master Plan recognizes this in one of its Vision Themes, “Build a safe multimodal network and enhance the pedestrian-scaled environment,” which recommends creating new and enhanced bike lanes to give the community a sustainable option for travel or leisure, making connections through bike and pedestrian trail systems, and improving streetscape character. The Master Plan’s Mobility Map identified 2016 bike facilities and planned connections. While the plan is only two years old, improvements to NKC bicycle facilities have already outstripped the Mobility Map’s future plans. For example, the Mobility Map did not identify a bike route on 16th Avenue, which is now being planned as a partnership between the City and the North Kansas City Special Road District. A separate Bike Master Plan provides an opportunity to consider network gaps, connections to neighboring communities and the regional bikeway system, supportive infrastructure, education and outreach, metrics and performance measures for bicycling in North Kansas City. Community engagement will be a key component of the project scope in order to generate community consensus about additional infrastructure needs and overall bicycle network goals. While there is an enthusiastic community of bicycling supporters in NKC, there are also stakeholders who are uninformed about bicycling and do not understand the greater benefits of bicycling infrastructure. Community engagement will be a critical part of this project in order to educate stakeholders in the broader community and generate widespread support for future investments. The final outcome of this project will be a plan that identifies detailed implementation steps and timeline, including future Capital Improvements Program projects. The city’s experience is that some bike facilities can happen quickly, if the conditions are right – such as construction of the Diamond Parkway cycle track, opening in July 2018 connecting Armour Road to 16th Avenue in the Armour Road Redevelopment Area. Others may take more time due to funding constraints, such as the cycle track along Burlington, which will break ground in 2020. In either case, clear implementation steps can help city staff to capitalize on opportunities as they present themselves and maintain momentum towards implementation of a robust bicycle network.

Project Financial Information

Total Cost: 83  (Thousands of $)
Federal amount 58  (Thousands of $)
Minimum Funding amount 25  (Thousands of $)
Match amount: 25  (Thousands of $)
Source of Local Match: City funds

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Mallory Brown said...

NKC has been off to a great start with all of the newly added bike infrastructure and a Bike Master Plan is the next natural step. I fully support this effort and cant wait to see improvements to NKCs bicycle infrastructure come to fruition through a Bike Master Plan!

6/26/2018 2:27:59 PM

Billie Hufforx said...

NKC is setting the bar! Incredible things are happening without a bike master plan, I cant wait to see more with a master plan.

6/26/2018 9:36:24 PM

Valerie Christopher said...

As part of the “interested but concerned” potential cyclists of North Kansas City, the City is making great strides towards becoming a SAFELY bikable City. Completion of this plan will help tremendously!

6/27/2018 4:23:24 AM

James Rice said...

North Kansas City is a pacesetter in the metro when it comes to bike facility implementation. A master plan is a sensible next step to make sure all the pieces come together.

6/27/2018 6:12:51 AM

Arnold Nguyen said...

NKC has started well with its new bike facilities, especially in the new development area. Im glad NKC will make a Bike Master Plan to prioritize what bike facilities are needed next.

6/27/2018 6:20:11 PM

Johnathan Barnes said...

North Kansas City is the best area to bike in the entire Kansas City metro area hands down. It is entirely flat so people of all fitness levels can enjoy a nice long ride. This would be a great investment that everyone in the metro could enjoy.

6/27/2018 7:24:54 PM

Kim Nakahodo said...

I fully support NKCs vision to be a leader in the region for multi-model transportation. This master plan will help guide NKCs future investments.

6/27/2018 7:39:31 PM

Steven Beamer said...

I like what Northtown has done to this point in making it friendly for cyclists. This project will take it to the next level and it makes sense to put together a master plan so it is done properly.

6/28/2018 8:17:42 AM

Eric Berlin said...

North Kansas City has been and wishes to continue to be a regional leader in taking bikability and walkability measures. A Bicycle Master Plan is the appropriate next step in identifying further measures to make NKC as multi-modal as possible.

6/28/2018 8:20:57 AM

Chris Kamler said...

NKC needs an even better bike plan. Ive biked in the town and it is ripe for even more biking and more protections for bikers. Fully support this idea.

6/28/2018 4:43:54 PM

Kellen Mumm said...

This is a MUST! North Kansas City is moving in the right direction and this will only speed things up!

6/28/2018 4:53:54 PM

Julie Williams said...

Im so happy that the city is doing this. I have only been biking a couple of years and appreciate any help to make riding safer.

6/29/2018 9:07:14 AM

Ted Meierotto said...

North Kansas City represents a unique opportunity to create a sustainable model for the entire region. North Kansas City will undergo significant redevelopment in the next 10 years. The citys small size allows a relatively small investment to make a huge impact, particularly given the critical location of NKC vis-a-vis Kansas City proper.

6/30/2018 2:56:18 PM

Matthew Woody said...

I commute by bike several times a week through NKC. I support improvements to the cycling infrastructure.

6/30/2018 7:39:19 PM

Ryan Tull said...

NKC has made significant progress with respect to bike infrastructure the last few years. Its apparent that residents, business and tourists are benefiting from the already completed improvements. Additional planning and infrastructure enhancements will help us attract new residents, businesses and tourists and make it safer for everyone to move around our city. I fully support the Citys continued efforts.

7/1/2018 1:16:00 PM

Kevin Carlyle said...

As a central location with multiple bus lines and planned connectivity to the KCMO bike system, an improved bike network will build on the efforts of other organizations to connect across the river, connect cities and bridge gaps. They are the second town to support bike share, bringing affordable rental bikes to the community (I saw an adult using one to bike with a child this year) They are not just saying, they are already building biking options which gives confidence they will continue to do so. I for one would like to see a focus on better bus system connectivity, and eventually to the streetcar, and this could help with that

7/1/2018 8:28:43 PM

Dayna Meyer said...

This plan is fantastic! As someone who travels primarily by bicycle, this plan will make my travels in and thru NKC safer. Keep up the great work!

7/2/2018 10:20:11 AM

Jesse Smith said...

These are very exciting and important developments for NKC. Im curious about the specifics of the bike infrastructure planned for Burlington. Would any lanes be closed to add space for bikers? It seems that focusing on making Swift the ideal bike route would be the most efficient way to increase bikability, without impacting traffic on the main car route. Just a thought. Keep up the great work!

7/5/2018 9:53:27 AM

Kiley Sutter said...

NKC has an enviable position for creating a multimodal in the KC metro area. NKC is flat, offers amazing amenities with more coming to the area each year, and the major entertainment segments of KC are easily accessible. I believe that NKC has shown that bike infrastructure is truly a "build it and they will come" concept. We see more and more people opting to bicycle to places in NKC and KC simply because the infrastructure is coming along. Well done NKC!

7/5/2018 2:05:23 PM

Joe Gauer said...

North Kansas City is home to an emerging bicycle community taking advantage of the city’s relatively flat topography and new on-street bicycle facilities. The city is building upon its previous considerations for cycling as a form of transportation, and these considerations are at the center of development of the recently adopted Complete Street Plans for Burlington and Armour Road. This is a promising turn-around from past motorist-centric planning that has made for some surprisingly pedestrian-hazardous areas in our town, with its fast multi-lane traffic. This community is primed to become heavily bikeable, the more that this mode of transportation becomes legitimized by right-of-way, and the more connected our bike-friendly infrastructure becomes. Without necessary planning and consideration, safety and a long history of car-centric transportation decisions will keeps our city from reaching its full potential, despite the favorable natural conditions mentioned above. A new bike master plan provides an opportunity to establish goals for bicycling in the city and to get us to that place.

7/6/2018 8:35:44 AM

Bryant DeLong said...

With several bike infrastructure projects already underway in NKC a Bike Master Plan would be a perfect way to identify remaining bike infrastructure needs. This is not just important to NKC but to the region as NKC serves as a connection between downtown and northland.

7/6/2018 1:11:22 PM

John Talbot said...

NKC has a tremendous and growing bicycling culture and I would like to see it continue on this trajectory. NKC can be a metro leader and the master plan will only help all including non-bikers.

7/6/2018 3:42:25 PM

Annette Talbot said...

I support a master plan. NKC has a great chance to be a leader in what it means to be bike friendly. Need to show KCMO how its done. The bikes lanes on Grand, while a nice thought, leave much to be desired, and hopefully a master plan will come up with safe and smart cycle tracks for future, greener, generations to come.

7/6/2018 3:45:59 PM


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