KC Healthy Kids and our partners are making it easier to buy groceries with RideKC.
Research has shown that people are more likely to walk, bike or use public transportation to get to their destination—including a grocery store—when conditions are safe and when transportation is accessible and affordable.
But many neighborhoods don’t have grocery stores and people living there are less likely to own a vehicle. This means thousands of people must walk to the grocery store or rely on public transportation.
With this in mind, the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition’s Grocery Access Task Force took a look at eight Kansas City Metro bus stops near grocery stores. The group worked with representatives from Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, which operates RideKC city busses, to recommend targeted repairs and improvements that would make it easier for people to do their grocery shopping by city bus. The recommendations include ADA accessibility, crosswalks and safe sidewalks.
By the end of October, you’ll see signs at 10 of those stops with tips for grocery shopping with RideKC. We’ve also pulled together some resources to make the trip even easier, including tips for planning meals, planning your trip, making a list, and transit-friendly recipes plus links to food assistance programs.