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Bikeway & Trail Data Inventory

MARC seeks the ongoing participation of local governments and agencies to maintain bikeway and trail data for Greater Kansas City.

Regional bikeway and trail information was used in the 2013 regional Bikeway and Trails Map, and the 2014 Greater Kansas City Regional Bikeway Plan.

Description: Description: accurate bikeway and trail inventory is important to several other regional planning initiatives, such as Creating Sustainable Places, MetroGreen, Public Safety, and Complete Streets.

Bikeway and trail data helps expand the regional 9-1-1 system to off-road trails, and helps identify opportunities to provide connections between cities and counties through regional planning. Planning and proposed bikeways are also important for programming Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, Congestion Mitigation Air Quality and Surface Transportation Program funds.

We need your help to ensure that MARC has accurate information about bikeways and trails in your community. This collaborative process will benefit our agencies and region in many ways.

Submit Your Bikeway and Trail Data

Existing and planned bikeway and trail information can be accepted in any format, but GIS data is preferred. If your bikeway and trail data is already posted online as a map service or download, please let us know that it is available. We will retrieve it and edit the data, with no further action needed from you. Contact MARC GIS staff at or 816/701-8385.

Is your data up to date in the regional dataset? Review the regional data in an interactive map.
In the map, click on a trail, bikeway, or trailhead to display information on the feature.

Requested bikeway and trail attributes:

MARC GIS staff merge local jurisdiction bikeway and trail data into a regional dataset using standardized terminology.

MARC currently uses the following terms and definitions:

  • FACILITY NAME – A shared use path may be named after the stream it follows, a rail corridor, or the roadway it parallels--or it may have another unique name. All bike lanes, signed bike route and other identified shared roadway will default to the roadway name unless otherwise specified.
  • MANAGING ENTITY – is the department or agency within a government organization that is responsible for maintenance of a facility.
  • CONTACT NAME – the individual responsible for inquiries. (This information is for MARC use only)
  • CONTACT PHONE – the phone number and extension of the contact individual. (This information is for MARC use only)
  • CONTACT E-MAIL – the email address of the contact individual. (This information is for MARC use only)
    • E = Existing – facilities are existing and open for public use.
    • PL = Planned - facilities are in any one or more development phase: project programming, preliminary engineering, construction design, or under construction.
    • PR = Proposed - facilities are part of a long term vision for a future bikeway network. The source of the community plan should be provided.
  • (Combination of design types may be used. For example, if mountain biking and hiking are permitted on same trail the design type would be MBT-PHT. A roadway with include shared lane markings and bike route signs would be coded SBR-SLM.) Download example images of each Design Type»
    • SUP (Shared Use Path) - A bikeway physically separated from motorized vehicular traffic by an open space or barrier, and either within the highway right-of-way or within an independent right-of-way. Shared use paths are also used for transportation and/or recreation by pedestrians, skaters, wheelchair users (both non-motorized and motorized), joggers and other non-motorized users. AASHTO recommends a minimum of 10 feet width (in rare cases, 8 feet).
    • MBT (Mountain Bike Trail) - A bikeway that is solely designed and designated for the sport of mountain biking.
    • PHT (Pedestrian Hike Trail) - A trail designated for pedestrian use only.
    • ET (Equestrian Trail) - A trail designated for use by equestrians.
    • BL (Bike Lane) - A portion of a roadway which has been designated by pavement markings and, if used, signs, for the preferential or exclusive use of bicyclists.
    • SBR (Signed Bike Route)  - A roadway or bikeway designated either with a unique route designation or with BIKE ROUTE signs, along which bicycle guide signs may provide directional and distance information. Signs that provide directional, distance, and destination information for cyclists do not necessarily establish a bicycle route.
    • SR (Shared Roadway) - A roadway that is open to both bicycle and motor vehicle travel. This may be an existing roadway (with “Share the Road” signs, shared lane marking or other approved MUTCD traffic control device), a street with wide curb lanes, or a road with paved shoulders lane of a traveled way that is open to bicycle travel and vehicular use.
    • SLM (Shared Lane Marking) - A pavement marking symbol that indicates an appropriate bicycle positioning in a shared lane. This type has been added to accommodate the growing prevalence of this treatment in the greater Kansas City area. If this treatment is used in conjunction with bike route signs or share the road signs please use the following convention. Possible Entries include ‘SLM,’ ‘SBR-SLM’ or ‘SR-SLM.’


  • A = Asphalt
  • CO = Concrete
  • CR = Crushed Limestone
  • O = Other

For more information, contact Aaron Bartlett, Bicycle/Pedestrian Planner at 816-701-8238 or Andrea Repinsky, GIS Planner, at or 816-701-8385.