Overland Park considers adding bike lanes

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Overland Park residents will meet Monday night to discuss the possibility of constructing bike lanes.

The bike lanes would cover 165 miles of  roadway and encourage people to ride their bikes more often. The bike lanes would  also provide a way for bikers to ride safely.

"There's really been an outpouring of support from members here in the community," Brian Shields, Overland Park City Traffic Engineer, said. "People want better options to get around. It's not just how can I get from point A to point B in my car."

Most of the bike lanes would be painted on secondary roads such as Lamar Avenue.

The project is expected to cost almost $28 million. $3 million would be used to paint the bike lanes onto streets. The remaining funds would go toward improving the trail system and widening 159th Street.

Critics have said they feared that car lanes will become even more narrow and possibly causing more accidents, but city leaders say the streets will still be wide enough for cars.

Those who want to learn more about the project can attend Monday's Overland Park City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is at the Overland Park City Hall building at 85th and Santa Fe.

Leawood and Lenexa are also adding bike lanes to their streets as part of a metro wide effort to better connect every city to each other.

Overland Park leaders want to slowly roll out the bike lanes over the next few years starting on Lamar and then going to 127th, 133rd and 143rd Streets.