Just three years after the Mayor and City Council set a goal for Kansas City become a Platinum Bicycle Friendly City by 2020, news comes that we’ve reached the first milestone with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly City award. Today the League of American Bicyclists is recognizing the huge strides the City has made since our infamous 2008 BBC Radio documentary about being one of the worst bicycling cities in America.
KCMO now joins Shawnee (also Bronze) as the second metro city to receive this coveted designation. Other Broze-level peer cities include St Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Columbus, Pittsburgh, and San Antonio.
Outgoing Mayor Mark Funkhouser challenged Mayor-elect Sly James and the new City Council to work even harder to move up to the Silver level on the way to Platinum.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2011
City receives bronze rating for bicycle friendliness
The City of Kansas City, Mo., has been recognized by The League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze level. A Bicycle Friendly Community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation.
In spring of 2008, following a critical news story from the British Broadcasting Corporation that rated Kansas City as one of the worst cities for bicyclists, Mayor Mark Funkhouser announced his endorsement of an action plan that outlined steps leading to the City of Kansas City, Mo., achieving Platinum designation by the League of American Bicyclists by the year 2020. The Bronze level rating represents a critical first step along the way to 2020.
“We’ve made a lot of progress toward making Kansas City more bicycle-friendly since announcing this initiative three years ago,” said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. “I’m pleased we’ve reached the Bronze level, and urge the incoming Mayor and Council to push Kansas City toward a Platinum Rating by the year 2020. A strong community for bicyclists is a healthy, environmentally-friendly, family-friendly community. And those factors will make Kansas City economically strong as well. Next step: Silver. Let’s keep moving.”
Since 2008, the City has made considerable strides in improving infrastructure for bicyclists by adding bicycle lanes, signed routes and bike parking facilities; removing hazardous drainage grates; and working with the local bicycle community.
“We still have work ahead to accomplish the goal of a Platinum designation by 2020,” said Deb Ridgway, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the City. “This is affirmation that we are doing the right things and heading along a path that will realize the goal.”
The League of American Bicyclists indicated that the designation was the result of careful review of the City’s application and consultation with local cyclists. In February 2015, the designation will be due for renewal and re-evaluation. As the City continues to make improvements to its bicycle infrastructure, it is anticipated that a greater designation may be realized at that time.
Media inquiries about this topic should be directed to Deb Ridgway, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the City, 816-513-2592 or Dennis Gagnon, public information officer, 816-513-2659.