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Draft Complete Streets Plan to be presented

Draft Complete Streets Plan to be presented
Posted on 09/03/2019

A draft plan for creating safer, more comfortable routes for bicyclists, pedestrians, drivers and other travelers was recently reviewed by the Lenexa City Council.

The City of Lenexa has been working with a consultant team from Olsson in partnership with Toole Design and Venice Communications since summer of 2018 to prepare a plan for Complete Streets – a network of infrastructure that creates comfortable, efficient connections for drivers, pedestrians and transit users while fitting the community’s unique needs and considering all users.

Public input played a strong role in this process: Two public workshops, focus groups, online exercises and a statistically valid community survey all helped to shape the plan’s recommendations. The planning team also considered the city’s existing conditions and infrastructure network and the results of previous studies and surveys.

The resulting draft Complete Streets Plan is designed to provide access and connectivity, improve safety and comfort and encourage a culture of walking and biking across Lenexa. This draft plan complements Lenexa’s existing extensive system of multi-use paths with a mix of short-term and long-term improvements to both infrastructure and city policy.

The proposed plan includes:

  • Interim and long-term recommendations for improving the city’s bicycle infrastructure network through a blend of shared-use/sidepaths, bicycle lanes, bicycle boulevards, paved shoulders, signed routes, shared roadways and bikeshare stations.
  • Recommendations for closing existing gaps in the sidewalk network, recommendations for a new marked crosswalk policy and priority areas for pedestrian improvements.
  • Policy recommendations to standardize rules and improve accommodations for bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users and other travelers.
  • An overview of emerging technologies and trends that may impact Lenexa’s future transportation network and policy planning.

The recommendations outlined in the plan will provide guidance as city leaders consider future capital improvement projects. 

Enhancements to the transportation system would be completed in phases, and many can be incorporated into other capital improvement projects for efficiency and cost savings. For example, when a road is schedule to receive a new surface treatment, city leaders may choose to fill in gaps in the sidewalk network, add bicycle signage and improve crosswalks at intersections as part of that project to save time and funding.

Those interested in learning more about the study or providing feedback were invited to attend the Governing Body’s Committee of the Whole meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Lenexa City Hall. Staff and members of the consultant team reviewed the draft plan and answered questions.

Those who could not attend the Committee of the Whole meeting are welcome to view the full draft report and provide feedback through the online form at the bottom of the project page.

Learn more about the draft Complete Streets Plan

Updated Sept. 12, 2019