Eric Rogers of Bike Walk KC, an advocacy group promoting an “accessible outdoor experience” for the metro region, says his organization sees Prairie Village as a key component to building a metro-wide trails system.
“Prairie Village fits in very well to a regional plan,” he said. “It’s a pretty easy ride to the Plaza, and from there you connect up with the Brush Creek Trail, the Katy Trail, the Rock Creek trail.”
Rogers said that while the group doesn’t have any plans at present to formally organize in support of the trails system here, they were interested in “letting the people on the city council know that there is support for the plan.” The group posted an item on its website Wednesday encouraging members to email Mayor Ron Shaffer and members of the city council.
Trails like those proposed in the Prairie Village Parks Master Plan, Rogers said, give families and those who would be scared to ride in the road easy access to safe biking paths.
“These are the kinds of paths that promote walking and biking to school,” he said. “Cyclists are a diverse group. Your die hard bike commuter is going to want a different set of facilities than a mom who is biking her kids to school.”