Advisory: Parking/traffic impacts for Armour Blvd related to completion of bike lane project.

Starting the week of Monday, June 11th, parking and traffic impacts will occur on Armour Boulvard to make way for work related to the completion of the parking-protected bike lanes on Armour Boulevard. Crews will begin permanent striping activities from Broadway to Main and continue to work eastward. As a result, lane reduction and on street parking impacts will occur in block by block sections.

The City asks that the public obeys the “No Parking” signs that will be placed along the corridor in advance of the work. The work will be completed by July 30th.

We have appreciated your patience and understanding as crews waited for the new street surface to cure before permanently striping the roadway. The new road configuration includes bike lanes in both directions, on street parking lanes and one travel lane in each direction for motorists. The bike lane is located between the parking lane and curb and motorists should not park in the bike lane.

We appreciate your patience with this temporary inconvenience as we improve the roadway and make it safer for you and your neighbors!

To see a rendering of the new streetscape set up and for more information on the project, please visit kcmo.gov/bikekc.

KCMO City Council pushes for clean energy initiatives

Who needs the Paris Climate Agreement?

Kansas City, Missouri, is known for its green initiatives built into established programs to help produce a positive effect on the environment and maybe even the bottom line.This environmentally-conscious approach takes center stage during the Business Session on Thursday when the City Council receives a 26-page report highlighting measures to enhance this mission.

The “Feasibility of Clean Energy Initiatives” report was generated after councilmembers last August passed a resolution directing City Manager Troy Schulte to evaluate the implementation of certain methods to advance the City’s environmental goals related to the Paris Climate Agreement (known as the Renewable Energy Now Resolution).

The report contains information that was assembled over a seven-month period. It includes input received from local, state, regional and national sources who volunteered their time to participate in many discussions related to clean energy initiatives.

“The report on evaluating significant clean energy initiatives in Kansas City has positioned us to make major progress in achieving the goals in the City’s climate protection plan and in promoting social equity, environmental quality, and economic vitality for the benefit of all our residents,” said Councilmember Scott Taylor, one the resolution’s co-sponsors.

All of the initiatives are feasible, but some will require additional staff time and effort, with continued assistance from many of the sources that provided contributions to this evaluation, according to the report.

For more information on the report, contact Dennis Murphey at 816-513-3459.

Traffic Calming/Complete Streets Project Updates in Hyde Park

Spring is finally here and the warmer weather means more people will be out and about: bicycle riding, walking, running, doing yard work, and playing at parks! Spring also marks project season for many long-awaited bike projects and pedestrian improvements in KCMO. These projects will not only expand KCMO’s growing bicycle network, but also provide broader benefits to our neighborhood such as: much needed traffic calming, pedestrian improvements, safer intersections, and overall improved access for bicycles and pedestrians. This blog post is brought to you by Maggie Priesmeyer Green, North Hyde Park Rep and Director of Programs at BikeWalkKC.

  • Armour Boulevard Road Diet: slated for early summer 2018 construction and late summer completion (Broadway to Paseo). It includes pedestrian improvements at intersections and crossing Armour and the City’s first protected bike lane. The link is to a news article that was published on in February 2018.
  • Bike parking ordinance: a new and improved ordinance went into effect in February, allowing anyone to complete a streamlined permit application process for $25 and no additional annual fees to install bike racks at their business/home. Previous permitting fees were $196 and required additional annual fees. BikeWalkKC’s blog shares more. 
  • Gillham Road Bike Corridor Study: the purpose of the Planning Sustainable Places project was to identify potential improvements for a bicycle corridor on Gillham Road (18th Street to Brush Creek). The City held a public meeting in January, in partnership with their consultant team and Mid-America Regional Council to gauge neighborhood input on potential bike lane designs. This project was a planning study and construction is not funded at this time. 
  • Charlotte/Holmes Complete Streets project: will provide bicycle access from E 25th Street to E 36th Street on both Charlotte Street and Holmes Streets. Currently, the city and consultant team are finalizing design options. You can access the bikeway design options online. The green circles on the map represent where neighbors and stakeholders gave positive feedback.
  • Midtown Complete Streets Plan: in addition to a Complete Streets ordinance passed in December 2017, the City and Mid-America Regional Council are working through a comprehensive Complete Streets plan for Midtown KCMO. The Midtown/Plaza Area Plan recommended further study and planning of several potential Complete Streets upgrades to improve safety, livability, and mobility including sections of: Broadway, Southwest Trafficway, 39th Street, and 43rd Street.
  • Bike Share Stations in Hyde Park:

Join us on the Hyde Park Community Bike ride on Saturday, May 12!

Helpful resources for staying up to date and becoming more involved:

 

 

Curious to learn more or chat about pedestrian and bicycle issues? Contact: Maggie Green, North Hyde Park Representative and Director of Programs at BikeWalkKC

Show-Me Green Tax holiday

Major appliance purchases exempt from sales tax during Show-Me Green Tax holiday

Now is the time to get serious about the financial benefits of going green. At least that’s the case for folks looking to upgrade a refrigerator or cash in on a great deal for a new washer & dryer or some other energy-saving appliance.

April 19-25 is Missouri’s Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday, and it’s a nice opportunity for Kansas City residents to save money and stimulate the economy. This is one of several sustainability efforts the City supports to incorporate green programs into a broader approach that simultaneously promotes social equity, economic vitality and environmental quality.

ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances purchased during this window within KCMO, located in Jackson County, are exempt from state and city sales tax. In addition, purchases made in the portions of Kansas City, located in Clay, Platte, Jackson and Cass counties are exempt from city, state and county sales tax.

The Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday exempts state sales tax on retail sales of qualifying energy star certified new appliances, up to $1,500 per appliance, during a seven-day period beginning at 12:01 a.m. on April 19 and ending at midnight on April 25.

The following energy star certified appliances qualify for the holiday:

  • Clothes washers
  • Clothes dryers
  • Water heaters
  • Trash compactors*
  • Dishwashers
  • Conventional ovens*
  • Ranges*
  • Stoves*
  • Air conditioners
  • Furnaces
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Heat pumps

(*According to the Energy Star website, trash compactors, conventional ovens, ranges and stoves do not receive an energy star rating.  Therefore, although the statute anticipates that someday they may receive the energy star rating, tax will continue to apply to purchases of these items during the upcoming Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday.)