Lee’s Summit already undermining its Complete Streets policy

In November 2010 Lee’s Summit became the first metro community with a Complete Streets policy, but barely four months later the city is undermining the policy with a sharp departure from earlier plans to accomodate bicycle traffic on Lee’s Summit Road.

The entire length of Lee’s Summit Road from 40 Highway to Colbern Road is being widened over the next several years, and most of it will have on-street bike lanes thanks to the City of KCMO.  Since the City of Lee’s Summit has a de facto policy against using bike lanes, their small segment at the southern end of the road was slated to have shoulders and sidepath trail.

Now the city has removed shoulders from the plan and replaced them a four-lane arterial road.  If you live, work, or ride in the City of Lee’s Summit, please stop by this important public meeting tonight:

Meeting details (Tues, March 29th, Lee’s Summit City):
City of Lee’s Summit, public meeting on Lee’s Summit Road
4-6 p.m., March 29, 2011
Oakwood Baptist Church, 7600 Lee’s Summit Road, Kansas City, Mo

If you can’t attend in person, please email smfrost@transystems.com with a message similar to this:

I strongly support on-street accommodations for bicycling on Lee’s Summit Road.  A road that has only a multi-use path is not a Complete Street and does not meet the needs of bicyclists.  It makes no sense to build Lee’s Summit’s portion of the road as a four lane road when Kansas City’s section will be a two lane road. It makes no sense to omit on-street bicycle accommodations from Lee’s Summit section of the road, when Kansas City is including them on its section.

 

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One Response to Lee’s Summit already undermining its Complete Streets policy

  1. Tom Handley says:

    I strongly support on-street accomodations for bicycling on Lee’s Summit Road. A road that has only a multi-use path is not a Complete Street and does not meet the needs of bicyclists. While I am not a resident I do ride in Lee’s Summit and dine at the restaurants while riding. If your streets are not bicycle friendly, I will take my business elsewhere.

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