When asked what a grocery store meant to him, one Kansas City, Missouri resident said this:
“It is a place to get fresh produce, meat and dairy. [The grocery store] has affordable food choices and is geographically accessible; it should be within walking distance or on a bus line.”
But what if there was no sidewalk to walk to the grocery store, or the bus stop near a grocery store didn’t have a safe place to stand?
On April 4, Kansas City, Missouri residents have the opportunity to truly make an investment in their city by voting yes to Questions 1, 2 and 3 of the G.O. Bond.
This morning the Kansas City, Missouri Transportation & Infrastructure Committee of the City Council passed a committee substitute resolution that offers a comprehensive plan for spending G.O. Bond funding if passed by voters on April 4.
If the bonds are approved, the resolution would require the City Manager to create a sidewalk prioritization/action plan, a sidewalk repair implementation plan, a complete streets policy and a strategic mobility plan.
This joint effort will bring greater accountability to the city as it spends G.O. Bonds:
- Streets must be built for all modes of transportation, making them accessible and safe for pedestrians as they access grocery stores, parks, schools and jobs.
- A strategic, systematic approach to managing sidewalks must ensure the city will make the best use of limited funds.
- A focus on equity will ensure that sidewalk investments will reach those who have the greatest need.
- A strategic mobility plan will ensure that all future decisions on transportation will be in the best interest of the community by focusing on health, safety, and equitable access.
This resolution is critical when comes to ensuring commitment to safe, livable neighborhoods.
Here are 2 things you can do to keep the good news coming:
Right this minute:
- Sign our petition supporting the G.O. Bond!
- Is your City Council member of the T&I Committee that passed the resolution this morning? Find out here and send a thank you!
Next Tuesday, April 4: Vote YES on Questions 1, 2 and 3. G.O. Bond funding would improve access to grocery stores and other healthy food retailers by providing the following:
- Up to $450 million for street repairs including “complete streets” made for users of all abilities
- Up to $150 million for neighborhood sidewalks
- Changes to the city’s approach to homeowner responsibility for sidewalk repairs, helping low income residents
- Up to $35 million for ADA compliance of city streets and public buildings