KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Oak Street will be reduced to one lane throughout October between 17th and 19th Streets, as a temporary scooter and bicycle lane will be added to an area known for speeding.
“It’s a street that has been plagued with car crashes for people riding at excessive speeds,” said Eric Bunch, policy director of BikeWalk KC.
This makes it potentially dangerous for riders and cyclists, so Better Block KC decided to do something about it.
“We are the recipients of the AARP Livable Communities Challenge and have been awarded a grant to promote safe streets,” said DuRun Netsell, Better Block KC volunteer.
The community group is using the $ 2,500 grant to change a lane on Oak Street only for cyclists and scooters.
“We are giving the community the opportunity to experience what a redesigned Oak Street would look like,” Netsell said.
And this is not a typical cycle path.
“Typically we would just call it a cycle path, but now we call it a mobility path,” Netsell said. “These are scooters, bikes, Segways, long boards, skateboards,” Netsell said.
While parking is still available along the opposite lane, riders should feel safer with the change.
“We use these parked cars along with cinder blocks and planters to protect cyclists and scooters and this also provides an additional buffer for pedestrians,” Netsell said.
Organizers hope city leaders will consider the temporary addition and make it permanent.