KC unveils plan to be more bike friendly

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 | 10:41 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — Kansas City officials are promoting a recently passed plan to make the city more friendly to bicyclists.

More than a dozen bicyclists rode yesterday to the Power & Light District to hear Mayor Mark Funkhouser and others promote the plan that was approved last week by the City Council and provides a framework and recommendations for ongoing improvements.

The city's bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, Deb Ridgway, said Kansas City has 32.5 miles of trails and has installed 6.5 miles of bike lanes, 30 miles of signed bike routes and 50 bike racks.

The city plans to spend about $7 million this year on five more miles of trails.

By 2025, the plan calls for 230 miles of trails just within the city limits.



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