Jackson County's "Safer at Home" Recovery Plan which provides guidelines for reopening is now in effect. Stay up to date on the guidelines and local information at cityofLS.net/coronavirus.


 

May is Bike and Walk month…so, get moving! 

Lee’s Summit is full of trails, paths, parks, and on-road cycling accommodations.  May is a great time to get out and enjoy the town on your feet or bike. 

According to bikeleague.org, “May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.” While many celebrate National Bike Month, it is unofficially Walk and Bike Month. 

Biking is not just for kids, there are many bikers or cyclist in our community.  If you bike around town for fun, train for a cycling event, or bike for exercise, you can do so in our city.  Here is a listing of some popular bike paths:

  • Longview Lake-Over six miles of trails go around Longview Lake. This trail has great scenery and can be used by all skill levels.  Visit jacksongov.org for trail details.
  • Lee’s Summit Parks-Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation has a list of each city park and the amenities.  Most of our parks have paved trails that are great for walking and biking.  Visit cityofls.net for a park map.
  • Lee’s Summit Greenway Trail- A proposed plan for 38 miles of trails and paths linked throughout Lee’s Summit.  This is an ongoing project and updates can be found at cityofls.net.
  • Lee’s Summit Bikeways - A proposed plan with over 100 miles of on-road bikeways or bike routes networked throughout Lee’s Summit in coordination with the Greenway system.  This too is an ongoing project (Bicycle Transportation Plan) with more information and maps found at cityofls.net.
  • Rock Island Trail- A flat 7-mile trail maintained by Jackson County Parks and Recreation.  The trail runs from SW Jefferson Street in Lee’s Summit to Brickyard Road in Kansas City, but soon to be connected to the Truman Sports Complex. This new extension should open around June 2021.  You can access the trail from the official trailheads: 98th street Trailhead (12600 E 98th Street KCMO 64138) and Hartman Park (700 SW Pryor Rd, Lee's Summit, MO 64081).

It is important to take safety precautions when crossing the street. Walking and biking is the safest on sidewalks, trails, or paved bike paths. 

This is the time of year when more walkers, runners, and bikers are taking to the streets. To ensure the best pedestrian safety, it is also driver’s responsibility to be aware of their surroundings and pay attention to these individuals or families. Walking and biking can be a fun activity or mode of transportation.  No matter your reason, just remember safety first!

Livable Streets Advisory Board

One of the goals of the Transportation KPA (key performance area) included a "Complete Streets" system that would allow safe access along and across Lee’s Summit streets for all citizens, including motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders.

The mayor and City Council amended Chapter 26. Streets, Sidewalks and Other Public Places, of the Code of Ordinances by adding Section 26-56. Livable Streets Advisory Board and adopted Resolution 10-17 establishing a livable streets policy.  

Role

The board shall consist of 11 citizen members, appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of the majority of the City Council. One member of the council shall serve as liaison with no voting rights, appointed by the mayor pro-tem. One city staff member shall serve as liaison, with no voting rights and designated by the city manager.

Citizens serve three-year, staggered terms. The board may establish a 501c(3) for the purpose of fundraising.

  1. Advise the City Council on methods and procedures to accomplish the guiding principles of livable streets described by Resolution 10-17.
  2. Review and evaluate the application and implementation of the livable streets policy.
  3. Upon request of the City Council or city manager, assist with long-range and ongoing planning efforts that may be related to livable streets.
  4. Promote the livable streets concept throughout the community and greater metropolitan area.
  5. Educate the public regarding safe bicycling, walking and driving, applicable traffic laws, and the use of roads for multiple travel modes.
  6. Encourage citizens to walk, bike and take public transportation.
  7. Participate in programs that designate, reward or recognize the City's support, progress and accomplishments regarding livable streets.

Members
Justin Larson
Ed Kraemer
Jan Nelson
Molly Wichman
Jeffrey Brandhorst
Eric Kratz
Eric Vaughan
Greg Hunsucker
Zachory Burton
Gary Denny
Yvonne Ventimiglia

City Council Liaison: Andrew S. Felker

Department Liaison
Public Works

Meets
Fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
City Hall, Strother Conference Room

Meetings are open to the public.

LSAB Latest News

Resources

The following references provide more information Complete Streets and Livable Streets both within our community and nationwide.

Bicycle Transportation Plan 

Resolution 10-17 
Livable Streets policy

Smart Growth America
Improving Lives by Improving Communities

Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance
non-profit organization that educates the public on transit accessibility

Livable Streets, Inc.
Transportation Engineering & Planning firm specializing in transportation systems that balance the needs of all users

MidAmerica Regional Council
MARC is a nonprofit association of city and county governments and the metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region

Missouri Livable Streets
National leader in the Complete Streets movement, with more than 2.7 million Missourians living in municipalities with Livable or Complete Streets policy


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