It’s not like the new protected bike lanes on Armour Road in North Kansas City sprung out of thin air.
They are the outcome of years of meetings, workshops, focus groups and even simulations of what they would look like. City leaders and planners from around the region have touted the Armour Road Complete Street plan as a pioneering example of what a bike- and pedestrian-friendly community could look like.
But barely a month after workers finished painting lanes and erecting guideposts for traffic, residents and business owners want them gone.
So does Mayor Don Stielow.
“I have nothing against bicycles, but what we have done is made things very difficult for all of our businesses and many of our residents,” Stielow says.