Eric in the news

Bird Scooters - Eric on KCUR

The Bird scooters arrived without a lot of warning recently. Above are the instructions for how it works. 

The Bird scooters arrived without a lot of warning recently. Above are the instructions for how it works. 

On Monday I joined KCMO Councilwoman Jolie Justus in the KCUR studio for Up to Date to talk about Bird Scooters - the newest venture capital backed mobility company to land in KC. CW Justus and I agreed that the technology is promising but the city must ensure they are safe for KCMO residents. In my roll as the chair of the KCMO Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee I am working to ensure that permanent regulations welcome innovative new technologies but keep our streets, sidewalks, pedestrians, and users safe. Bird is most certainly not the last company of its type to come to the streets of KC. 

The city is now working on a temporary operating agreement with Bird to make sure that they are doing business legally here in the city. This agreement will also outline some basic expectations of the company in order to ensure safety and accessibility of our sidewalks are preserved. Longer-term regulations will replace the temporary operating agreement in the near future.

Eric Interviewed on Ruckus

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I've always enjoyed watching KCPT's Ruckus even if it means that sometimes I find myself shouting at the TV. So when I got a chance to make an appearance on the weekly show, I knew I had to take it! Before the interview I joked with host Mike Shanin that one of my life goals is to be one of the Ruckettes. 

For now, I'll have to settle for being a featured guest at the beginning of the show. It was a lot of fun. See my segment below.

Complete Streets Save Lives

It's been two years since Anthony Saluto's death. Joseph Lasala, under the influence of several drugs, crossed over four lanes on Independence Avenue and struck Anthony with his car. Lasala fled the scene leaving Anthony on the side of the street. Last year Lasala was charged with involuntary manslaughter.  

Today, on a happier note 41 Action News reporter Cat Reid came along for our family's walk/ride to school (see video below). But the story is still a chilling reminder that justice for Anthony has yet to come and that we have a long way to go to make our streets safer for everyone. 

Specifically, in my roll as the chair of the city's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, I am working with my fellow BPAC reps to make sure that the are where Anthony was killed gets a major complete street upgrade. Just yesterday the committee saw an updated plan for the "Paseo Gateway", a massive redesign of the intersection of Independence Ave and Paseo Blvd. This will include brand new sidewalks and a wide separated bike path along both streets. It's just a short stretch for now, but it sets a corse forward for reconnecting the Historic Northeast to River Market. 

Anthony's "ghost bike" marking the spot in Indie Ave near Lydia where his life was so senselessly lost. 

Anthony's "ghost bike" marking the spot in Indie Ave near Lydia where his life was so senselessly lost. 

The Paseo Gateway will include new sidewalks, an improved intersection, and separated bike paths (green). BPAC approved this plan yesterday.

The Paseo Gateway will include new sidewalks, an improved intersection, and separated bike paths (green). BPAC approved this plan yesterday.

Let's make our streets safe for everyone!

Eric Speaks to 41 Action News About Pedestrian Tragedy

Bruce R. Watkins Dr. (US 71) and Gregory where Jyra Hill lost her life.

Bruce R. Watkins Dr. (US 71) and Gregory where Jyra Hill lost her life.

I recently spoke with Cat Reid at 41 Action News about a fatal hit and run on Bruce R. Watkins Drive. Jyra Hill was simply walking to get a snack for her eight year old son when she was hit by a driver who fled the scene. 

Nobody's life should be threatened by the simple act of walking in their neighborhood. 

GO Bond Would Include Funding for Sidewalks.

Kansas City has over $1 billion in sidewalk needs. 

Kansas City has over $1 billion in sidewalk needs. 

Earlier this year I spoke with Mike Sherry from KCPT's Flatland about the importance of sidewalks. The article came out today.

Voters will go to the polls tomorrow to decide whether to pass the $800 million bond package. 

I've long been advocating for the inclusion of sidewalks in the GO Bond. 

If voters approve the GO Bond, I will immediately work to change the city's unfair policy of charging homeowners for sidewalk repair. This was the primary recommendation of BikeWalkKC's Sidewalks KC Final Report, a document I co-authored following an extensive community engagement. 

More on Sidewalks!

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Today 41 Action News reporter Lexi Sutter came to our neighborhood and talked to Kaitlyn about her daily walk to daycare with the kids. Next week voters will decide on the future of the GO Bond. 

I am proud of the work the BikeWalkKC team and I did to ensure funding for sidewalks would be not only included in the GO Bond package, but that $7.5 million per year will be set aside for sidewalk repair AT NO COST TO HOMEOWNERS. But voters have to vote yes on Tuesday.

Here's that video. Warning: cute kids ahead!

What should be a lovely 5 block walk is difficult because of rough sidewalks.