Kudos to Kansas City Mayor Sly James for getting the city behind the national push to make streets safer for pedestrians and bicycle riders.
James joins the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets. Under the initiative cities are to:
▪ Adopt a “complete streets” transportation planning approach so that walking and biking are viewed as equal to other types of transportation.
▪ Identify and address mobility barriers for people of all ages and abilities, including those using different devices such as walkers and wheelchairs.
▪ Gather and track biking and walking data.
▪ Encourage designs that are appropriate to the area context and use of streets.
▪ Create and complete walking and bicycling networks during street maintenance such as resurfacing.
▪ Strengthen ordinances to protect pedestrians and people on bicycles.
▪ Educate and enforce proper share-the-road use by everyone.
Kansas City is developing a pedestrian safety action plan with the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. Deb Ridgway, bicycle pedestrian coordinator in the Kansas City Public Works Department, said efforts include a bicycle master plan and a city resolution to achieve a platinum designation as a bike- and pedestrian-friendly community.
Kansas City joins about 120 cities and other governmental bodies that have signed on to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Mayor’s Challenge. They include Columbia and St. Louis.