KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A specified lane designed for scooters, bikes, skateboards and pretty much anything except cars and people walking is one organizations way of making streets safer for people who use them.
“We reimagine a street or intersection temporarily and we redesign it to allow people to experience what a safer design might look like,” said Duron Netsell of Better Block KC.
On Oak Street between 17th and 19th streets, bikers, scooter and skateboard riders can ride safely in their own lane with parked cars as a buffer for extra protection.
“It’s another safety net and like I said it’s a good thing that the city is thinking about different pedestrians, so to speak. You’re making a way for them to get around more easily and accessible,” scooter rider Myron Sharp said
Many drivers say they don’t mind sharing the road.
“It is a necessity that we have something like this in town or otherwise people are going to get hurt.” Rob Wolf said.
Netsell says most of the feedback about this project has been positive so far.
The group plans to collect traffic speeds and put out a survey soon.
The next step is turning that information over to the city.
Netsell says this came together with the help a $2,500 grant and he hopes people in this gets people thinking about safety.
“18th and Oak is an especially dangerous intersection,” said Netsell. “A bike share was taken out earlier this year. Last year a building was taken out which is why you see this beautiful glass improvement. So not only does this improve the safety it provides both pedestrians and scooters but also the motorist themselves by slowing down the traffic speed.”
The mobility lane is only temporary.
The people at Better Block KC will take it down at the end of the month.