KCPD has reached out to our community for feedback and support at City Hall for a new ordinance targeted towards our current pedestrian laws.
Please vote and give your feedback online using this form- https://goo.gl/forms/WrlvW4YVCQjiiRWm2
Or you are welcome to come testify at City Hall at the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Meeting happening on August 30, 2018 at 8:30am on the 26th Floor.
The text of the ordinance is as follows:
ORDINANCE NO. 180619
Amending Chapter 70, Code of Ordinances, by repealing Sections 70-785 and 70-786
relating to pedestrians and enacting in lieu thereof two new sections of like number and
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:
Section 1. That Chapter 70, Code of Ordinances of the City of Kansas City,
Missouri, is hereby amended by repealing Sections 70-785 and 70-786 relating to
pedestrians and enacting in lieu thereof two new sections of like number and subject, to
read as follows:
Sec. 70-785. Pedestrians to use right half of crosswalks and proceed without delay.
(a) Pedestrians shall move, whenever practicable, upon the right half of
(b) No pedestrian shall stop, stand or remain in any intersection or crosswalk for a
period longer than is necessary to safely traverse such intersection or crosswalk.
Sec. 70-786. Pedestrians on streets or highways.
(a) Where a sidewalk is provided and its use is practicable, it shall be unlawful
for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.
(b) Where a sidewalk is not available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a
street or highway shall walk only on a shoulder, as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway.
(c) Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, any pedestrian walking
along and upon a street or highway shall walk as near as practicable to an outside edge of the roadway, and, if on a two-way roadway, shall walk only on the left side of the
(d) Except as otherwise provided in this article, any pedestrian upon a roadway
shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
(e) No pedestrian shall stop, stand or remain on the following:
(1) Any portion of a controlled access or restricted access highway; or,
(2) Any non-sidewalk area within three hundred feet of any entrance or exit
ramp leading to or from any portion of a controlled access or restricted
(f) No pedestrian shall stop, stand, or remain on or under any non-sidewalk
portion of a median, traffic island, traffic or highway divider, bridge, overpass or viaduct
for a period longer than is necessary to safely traverse an intersection or crosswalk
through or on such median, traffic island, traffic or highway divider, bridge, overpass or
(g) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any pedestrian who is leaving,
approaching, attending to, or towing a disabled motor vehicle.
(h) The provisions of this section shall not apply to government employees
engaged in the performance of their duties or to persons engaged in construction or
maintenance activities on behalf of a governmental agency or utility company.
View this ordinance and documents at the City website- http://cityclerk.kcmo.org/LiveWeb/Documents/Document.aspx?q=dEbHnppMqRGVDhdzdsuLJf8R9PhmhxajLzP26WybnHo8hITVBtd4b6dINIrefknV&mc_cid=9a83641710&mc_eid=49cc04ca8e