Kansas City B-cycle is growing and always looking for ways to bring bike share to new neighborhoods in Greater Kansas City. We want to share some new information about our upcoming and long-term plans. While we don’t have a lot specific information yet, but we will keep you updated as plans get finalized.
Downtown to Waldo Corridor
An additional 8-10 stations are planned in neighborhoods that are already part of the bike share network. We anticipate these stations coming online by late fall 2016. These stations are funded by a mix of federal and private funds. Development is booming in the city’s central corridor, and we are excited that several developers are including bike share as a transportation option and amenity for tenants.
We are partnering with Jackson County Parks+Rec to add a stand-alone station on the Longview Lake Trail this fall, adding a new recreational offering at the lake. In June the Jackson County Legislature approved this partnership.
North Kansas City
Several residents and business owners in Northtown are interested in bringing bike share across the river. We are actively working with those stakeholders develop a bike share plan for North Kansas City and to identify funding sources and sponsorships to implement it. At this time we have no timeline for Northtown.
Johnson and Wyandotte Counties
Federal funding is being allocated for the first stations in Kansas over the next few years. We plan to start with areas in Kansas that are near the existing system, including the KU Med area in Wyandotte County and Northeast Johnson County, and other dense activity centers. The Kansas expansion is still in the very early stages and we are just now beginning to have initial conversations with municipalities, residents, and potential corporate sponsors. For example, we recently presented an overview of bike share to the Westwood Planning Commission. We don’t anticipate any stations coming online before fall of 2017 at the earliest.