BikeWalkKC looks to increase Sports Complex accessibility

I ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE KANSAS CITY IS A GREAT CITY TO RIDE IN IT, BUT TO KNOW THAT YOU’RE GOING TO SHOW UP AND ACTUALLY ROOT FOR THE CHIEFS OR FOR THE ROYALS IS ALWAYS A GOOD EXPERIENCE. AND THEN ALSO, YOU KNOW, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE IN THE TRAFFIC JAMS. THAT’S A REALLY NICE PERK. FOUR TIMES A YEAR, KILEY CENTER WILL STRAP ON HIS HELMET AND MAKE HIS WAY TO THE SPORTS COMPLEX TO CATCH A GAME. NOW, BIKE, WALK, AC WANTS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THOSE LIKE HIM TO RIDE TO THE STADIUMS ON A CONSISTENT BASIS. LAUNCHING AN ONLINE SURVEY EARLIER THIS FALL. SO WE’RE USING THE SURVEY JUST TO TRY TO GET A CLEARER PICTURE. IS IT A NEED FOR BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE? IS IT A NEED FOR BETTER PARKING? IS IT A NEED FOR BETTER SECURITY FOR PEOPLE’S BIKES? WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND YOU KNOW, WHAT IS IT THAT WE CAN SPECIFICALLY ADVOCATE FOR IN CONJUNCTION OCEAN WITH THE TEAMS, WITH JACKSON COUNTY, SO THAT WE CAN ALL COME TO A SOLUTION THAT MAKES GETTING TO AND FROM THE STADIUM EASIER, EASIER FOR EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY’RE DRIVING OR RIDING AS A FAN WHO’S PEDALED TO SEE THE PITCHERS AND PIGSKIN, SUTTER SAYS HE HAS ONE SOLUTION. IT WOULD BE REALLY COOL TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE AT THE STADIUMS JUST TO LIKE ALLOW FOR BIKES TO HAVE, YOU KNOW, SOME DESIGNATED PARKING, BUT ALSO LIKE MAYBE EVEN A TAILGATE AREA. I HAVE A BIKE THAT IS CARGO BIKE. AND THERE’S IT’S PRETTY POPULAR WITH A LOT OF CYCLISTS IN THE CITY THAT’S BEEN GROWING MORE AND MORE EACH YEAR. AND THOSE ARE WAYS YOU CAN ACTUALLY PUT STUFF THAT YOU WOULD TAKE FOR A TAILGATE ON A BICYCLE WITHOUT HAVING TO NECESSARILY HAVE A CAR TO DO IT. AND YOU CAN STILL HAVE A GOOD TI

On any given day, you’ll find dozens of people riding their bikes along the Rock Island Trail and making their way to the Sports Complex. Several times a year, Waldo resident Kylie Sutter is one of them.”I always tell people Kansas City’s a great city to ride in,” said Sutter. “but to know that you’re going to show up and actually root for the Chiefs or for the Royals is always a good experience. And then also, you know, you don’t have to be in the traffic jams. That’s a really nice perk.”BikeWalkKC wants to make it easier for cycling enthusiasts like Sutter to ride to the stadiums on a consistent basis, and they need your help to make it happen. The nonprofit launched an online survey earlier this fall that anyone in the metro is encouraged to fill out. “We’re using the survey just to try to get a clearer picture,” explained Michael Kelley, Policy Director for BikeWalkKC. “Is it a need for better infrastructure? Is it a need for better parking? Is it a need for better security for people’s bikes? We want to be able to understand, you know, what is it that we can specifically advocate for in conjunction with the teams, with Jackson County, so that we can all come to a solution that makes getting to and from the stadium easier, easier for everyone, regardless of whether they’re driving or riding.” “It would be really cool to have a little bit more bike infrastructure at the stadiums just to like allow for bikes to have, you know, some designated parking, but also, like, maybe even a tailgate area,” Sutter suggested. “I have a bike that is cargo bike, and those are pretty popular with a lot of cyclists in the city that’s been growing more and more each year. And those are ways you can actually put stuff that you would take for a tailgate on a bicycle without having to necessarily have a car to do it. And you can still have a good time.”

On any given day, you’ll find dozens of people riding their bikes along the Rock Island Trail and making their way to the Sports Complex. Several times a year, Waldo resident Kylie Sutter is one of them.

“I always tell people Kansas City’s a great city to ride in,” said Sutter. “but to know that you’re going to show up and actually root for the Chiefs or for the Royals is always a good experience. And then also, you know, you don’t have to be in the traffic jams. That’s a really nice perk.”

BikeWalkKC wants to make it easier for cycling enthusiasts like Sutter to ride to the stadiums on a consistent basis, and they need your help to make it happen. The nonprofit launched an online survey earlier this fall that anyone in the metro is encouraged to fill out.

“We’re using the survey just to try to get a clearer picture,” explained Michael Kelley, Policy Director for BikeWalkKC. “Is it a need for better infrastructure? Is it a need for better parking? Is it a need for better security for people’s bikes? We want to be able to understand, you know, what is it that we can specifically advocate for in conjunction with the teams, with Jackson County, so that we can all come to a solution that makes getting to and from the stadium easier, easier for everyone, regardless of whether they’re driving or riding.”

“It would be really cool to have a little bit more bike infrastructure at the stadiums just to like allow for bikes to have, you know, some designated parking, but also, like, maybe even a tailgate area,” Sutter suggested. “I have a bike that is cargo bike, and those are pretty popular with a lot of cyclists in the city that’s been growing more and more each year. And those are ways you can actually put stuff that you would take for a tailgate on a bicycle without having to necessarily have a car to do it. And you can still have a good time.”

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