Topics in Episode 124:
We look at the sidewalk maintenance program in Overland Park, Kansas.
We learn about the Major Taylor Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
We talk with the executive director of the Missouri Bicycle Federation.
We meet the bicycle and pedestrian transportation planner for the Mid America Regional Council.
Pedestrians are told to keep away by a bank in Kansas City.
Overland Park, Kansas, takes regular inventories of sidewalk defects like this crack. The data that are collected determine which areas are in greatest need of maintenance, and also lead to efficient scheduling. Maintenance crews know all the bad spots near where they are working, so they do not jump back and forth between neighborhoods to fix things they missed. The result of this proactive approach is that sidewalks in Overland Park are in better condition for less money than sidewalks in other cities that operate strictly on the basis of complaints from the public.