Bicycling in Johnson County, KS – A mixed review

The ever intrepid bike commuter Noah Dunker, makes the cover of Kansas City Star’s ‘913’ while on one of his daily commutes to/from work. Mike Hendrick’s, KC Star journalist and bicyclist, wrote an 8-page article (link below) with lots of photos on most things bicycling in Johnson County. It covered the good and the bad along with a few quotes and photos from area bicyclists, advocates, city officials and a politician about bicycling in JoCoLand and some of the issues of surrounding some of our various cities. KanBikeWalk and BikeWalkKC gets some good mentions, as did KansasCycling’s Randy Rasa. Jay Mulligan’s not-so Critical Mass Overland Park shows how one person can take positive action to raise awareness for bicycling in Johnson County.

Lenexa deservedly takes it on the chin for their no bicycle accommdations needed approach to bicycle transportation with Shawnee and Olathe getting good reviews for past improvements.  However, Olathe takes a hit for its refusal to continue bike lanes on 127th Street due to their previous failing to take action on a draft bicycle transportation plan that would have called the bike lanes. Overland Park tries to make their streets sound like they’re safe (their new 14′ wide outside lane standard on arterials is good news, but buffered bike lanes would have been better given OP’s typical arterial speeds and traffic volumes if OP was truely serious about bicycling for transportation).

All in all, the article shows there’s plenty of work for individual bicyclists and bike advocacy organizations to do in 913. They need you and you need them to make 913 a safer place to bicycle everywhere.