Bike Lanes

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by kboish » Fri May 18, 2018 11:11 am

rxlexi wrote:
Drove paseo this week and imagined how cool a bike track would be ...be like a bike superhighway to anywhere I would ever want to go on a bike.
This is actually an awesome idea. At least, the kind of thinking that I'd like to see applied to the east side.

Paseo is beautiful, wide enough that you could place a spacious paved path right down the center median, has the aforementioned gradual slope, and with the right infrastructure (lighting, hub facilities) could be a destination cycling/walking corridor. It connects with the Brush Creek paved path, Swope Park via Meyer and runs close to Rockhurst and Plaza. Could rename MLK Cultural Trail and connect with civil rights history in some way.

Thinking the Indy Cultural Trail as an example, but median running rather than then street.

As a bonus, perhaps sadly, it would probably be significantly easier to make some dramatic changes to the character of the boulevard because it IS Paseo, and not Ward Parkway or similar.
In case you are not aware, Paseo is currently in the planning stages for just this type of bikeway.
http://kcmo.gov/publicworks/bikekc/projects/

From what I have heard, church leaders in the area along the Paseo are opposed to such a project.

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by smh » Fri May 18, 2018 11:42 am

Also, note that Armour will be thermo plastic when done. The current striping is temporary AFAIK.

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by rxlexi » Fri May 18, 2018 1:32 pm

In case you are not aware, Paseo is currently in the planning stages for just this type of bikeway.
http://kcmo.gov/publicworks/bikekc/projects/

From what I have heard, church leaders in the area along the Paseo are opposed to such a project.
I was not aware, thanks for the link.

However, that sounds like painted on-street bike lanes, basically. I'm imagining something completely off-street, running down the median, with the infrastructure investment necessary to make it a popular destination (signage, lighting, etc.). Glad it is being discussed and planned, however, it's a great bike route to popularize.

RE: the "church leaders" - #-o unsurprising I suppose.

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by chaglang » Fri May 18, 2018 1:40 pm

IIRC there's federal money for bike infra on Paseo. I can't remember where that project is in the planning phases. And an upcoming streetscape plan will call for protected bike lanes on Troost from Linwood-Cleaver or so.

The full striping on Armour has to wait a week for the resurfacing to fully cure. If you paint too soon, the oils in the new asphalt will pop it off. Or so I'm told.

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by rxlexi » Fri May 18, 2018 3:19 pm

On another cycling related topic - has anyone heard the latest on the Rock Island trail from sports complex out toward the Katy?

We're getting very close to finally have the full-length, cross state Katy Trail that was envisioned years ago - hoping that final piece is still moving forward smoothly.

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by shinatoo » Fri May 18, 2018 5:02 pm

Yep. they cleared the trees from Lee's Summit to Southern Raytown (Phase 1) in February, Got it graded last week. That part connects it to the Little Blue Valley system. Supposed to open in December.

Not sure when the Raytown to TSC is supposed to be done.

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by JBmidtown » Fri May 18, 2018 10:08 pm

I drove down Armour today and already saw 5 cars parked in the bike lanes. Because Kansas City just has to Kansas City.

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by mykn » Sat May 19, 2018 8:25 am

Someone moved one of the orange cone things into the bike lane so they could park illegally. I moved it but damn those things are heavy.

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by KCPowercat » Sat May 19, 2018 8:46 am

moving construction cones/signs out of the way has become a bit of a passion of mine

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by mykn » Sat May 19, 2018 5:42 pm

I should have placed it on the trunk of their car

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by flyingember » Sat May 19, 2018 10:12 pm

JBmidtown wrote:I drove down Armour today and already saw 5 cars parked in the bike lanes. Because Kansas City just has to Kansas City.
Every time this happens it just reinforces protected bike lanes, bollards and such as the right choice during the planning stage on future changes.

Report problem spots, it helps.
http://kcmo.gov/police/traffic-complaints/

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by chingon » Sun May 20, 2018 2:33 pm

JBmidtown wrote:I drove down Armour today and already saw 5 cars parked in the bike lanes. Because Kansas City just has to Kansas City.
Yeah, this happens no where else in America.

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by earthling » Sun May 20, 2018 2:37 pm

Looks like there are posts prepped for signage, not yet complete. And will they paint bicycle symbols in the lanes? Would help.

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by earthling » Sun May 20, 2018 2:44 pm

That should do it. Suppose we shouldn't judge til complete.

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by beautyfromashes » Sun May 20, 2018 5:58 pm

Are they planning on updating the lights along Armour too? Gillham intersection turning to north and south desperately need turn signals. The east-west traffic on Armour is definitely growing and turning to DT or south is difficult at certain times of day. Gillham already has signals when turning east or west.

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by DaveKCMO » Sun May 20, 2018 8:21 pm

JBmidtown wrote:I drove down Armour today and already saw 5 cars parked in the bike lanes. Because Kansas City just has to Kansas City.
Richmond VA last night:

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by JBmidtown » Sun May 20, 2018 8:59 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:
JBmidtown wrote:I drove down Armour today and already saw 5 cars parked in the bike lanes. Because Kansas City just has to Kansas City.
Richmond VA last night:

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RVA and KCMO are eerily similar cities. I remember noticing a lot of doppelgängers to Kansas Citians when I was there on tour back in the summer of 2014.

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by JBmidtown » Sun May 20, 2018 9:02 pm

chingon wrote:
JBmidtown wrote:I drove down Armour today and already saw 5 cars parked in the bike lanes. Because Kansas City just has to Kansas City.
Yeah, this happens no where else in America.
I know, that’s what I said

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Re: Bike Lanes

Post by benjaminkelley » Tue May 22, 2018 9:42 am

I've been down Armour a couple of times since last week and noticed the parked cars mostly within the lines. A few hanging over but not totally obstructing. I'm surprised everyone has done so well considering the lack of signage.

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