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Michele Compton, (816) 607-2150

August 30, 2011 11:05 AM
MoDOT, Community Planners Cultivate Livable Streets

Hands-on workshop challenges transportation planners to consider bike, pedestrian and transit options 

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - On Aug. 25, architects, engineers and planners from MoDOT and communities across the Kansas City District sat down as one transportation group to talk about what it means to build Livable Streets at the Best Practices in Bicycle Pedestrian Design workshop.

Across the country, more communities recognize that drivers are not the only type of transportation, and in fact, more citizens request the safe sidewalks, bike routes and transit options that fit their lifestyle.

In May, the Missouri House of Representatives passed the Complete Streets Resolution, urging cities, communities and state transportation to consider bikers, pedestrians and transit users whenever they planned transportation projects. The Best Practices in Bicycle Pedestrian Design workshop, hosted in partnership with MU Extension, focused on just that -- making streets that accommodate any mode of transportation.

The all-day workshop featured internationally known Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner and Engineer Bruce Landis. His presentation included strategies to make neighborhoods, retail districts and other community settings more walkable, bikable and accessible to all.

"This program was designed to let planners look at a street objectively and see, based on what is going on in the roadway environment, exactly how to design a livable street," said Landis.

One of the things discussed was what makes a street more livable? It could be as simple as sidewalks and crosswalks. But planners also consider wheelchair ramps, bicycle paths, mixed-use paths that may host joggers and dog walkers alike, bus stops, or even paved shoulders in a rural area.

MoDOT in Kansas City completed several projects just this year with pedestrian and bicycle access including the rehabilitated Heart of America Bridge and the Chouteau Bridge. The Broadway Overpass over I-670 Bridge project - on schedule to open Sept. 9 -- also includes wider, safer sidewalks for the many pedestrians who use that walkway to attend events at Bartle Hall, the Music Hall and next month, the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.

For more information about other MoDOT projects, please visit MoDOT's Website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter or send questions and comments to kccommunityrelations@modot.mo.gov. We want your feedback on our work zones! Rate Our Work Zones at www.modot.org/kansascity

Download photos of this event at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/modot_kc/



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