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Kansas City, Missouri leaders discuss removal of Truman Road bike lanes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City, Missouri, city leaders and community members discussed a compromise for the controversial bike lanes along Truman Road in Kansas City, Missouri on Wednesday.

Members of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations Committee discussed the possibility of removing the bike lanes on the north side of Truman Road and implementing other road recommendations, such as a bike lane.

An amendment to ordinance no. 220318, introduced by KCMO board members Melissa Robinson and Brandon Ellington, if passed, would give KCMO City Manager Brian Platt 60 days to remove the lanes.

Robinson said the bike path implementation is unsafe and falls short of its goals and would like to work to meet the needs of all those affected.

Community members spoke out for and against the removal of bike lanes at Wednesday’s meeting, discussing several topics ranging from traffic and bike safety concerns, to the benefit of bike lanes as a transportation option in Kansas City, to the tension of the lanes they have started commercial activities in the area.

This entrepreneur has an auto shop in Truman, he’s telling the committee that bike lanes have been detrimental to his livelihood. He says the proposition helps his business since it’s on the north side of Truman, but asks members how about other stores on the south side? pic.twitter.com/Sp7gGRsjHC

— Daniela Leone (@danielaleontv) February 1, 2023

A community meeting was held on bike lanes along Truman Road in January after business owners and drivers spoke out against the lanes, citing safety concerns, confusion and impact on businesses.

BikeWalkKC, a non-profit organization that aims to improve biking and walking in Kansas City, released a statement on Friday against the removal of the bike lanes, saying the removal will cost the 3rd District more money than KCMO and will have an impact on the city’s ability to access federal funding and attract development investment.

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