Wednesday, May 27, 2020
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY MOTORISTS RESIST RAMPANT ELITIST CORONAVIRUS STREET BLOCKADES!!!
During the coronavirus shut down, Mayor & Council enacted a sketchy bit of legislation without much input from the public.
Here's a reminder:
Kansas City officially launched its Open Streets Program on April 23, 2020. The program consists of several parts:
- Neighborhood open streets permit
- Implementing automatic pedestrian crossings at over 100 intersections in high-pedestrian areas
- Four longer “local traffic only” corridor closures sponsored by the city
- Roadway closures in some city parks
The most innovative piece of the program is the Neighborhood Open Streets permit. Kansas City Public Works collaborated remotely with the IT Department and the citywide permitting system, Compass KC, to create a new permit for anyone to obtain in the city’s neighborhoods. The permit was set up in our system in a matter of days and by the end of the second week, we had received over 20 permit applications.
The Neighborhood Open Streets permit is based on an existing permit format that waives several requirements including fees, neighborhood signatures and design drawings, and puts the onus on the applicant to provide barricades and signage. Our criteria for approving these permits includes streets with low traffic volumes and low speeds, limited to one block, and streets with no other city or utility work in the area. Additionally, each location must maintain access for local traffic, as well as emergency and delivery vehicles.
Accordingly . . .
THE REACTION TO STREET SHUTDOWNS HAS BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY NEGATIVE AND FRUSTRATED MOTORISTS PLEGE TO IGNORE THE SKETCHY SIGNAGE!!!
From a popular message board just now:
"This is hilarious. Which Karen put this up on 71st street? PS I’ll start driving down it every day now."
Another KICK-ASS reader writes TKC:
"What's with every other street in Brookside turned into a private drive? A few people act like they own the whole street and block access for everyone else with little or no approval from their neighbors. Brazen."
To wit . . .
Once again, Bike/Walk Kansas City activists push a traffic "solution" that doesn't really work in the real world. Amid widespread KCMO driver disrespect for these signs, local youngsters and pedestrians might be confronting MORE danger by putting their faith in politically correct civic activist posturing that doesn't account for the reality on local streets.
Developing . . .