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Neighborhood Walking Environments Around Bus Stops

Project Summary

This project included 36 Citizen Scientists who came together in 2023 to look at features of Kansas City, MO neighborhoods that impact health, physical activity, and ability to use the Kansas City bus system (RideKC). Citizen Scientists were members of the community, students, and community advocates who live in Kansas City, MO.


The goal of the project was to look at the quality of sidewalks, cross walks, and bus stops in the community. We targeted areas around bus stops to support a research study being led by the University of Missouri – Kansas City and Children’s Mercy Hospital. The study aims to evaluate health impacts of the free bus in Kansas City.

Citizen Scientists looked at street conditions for 318 routes and 257 bus stops. This spanned over 110 miles of streets in KCMO. Their assessments took over 300 hours to complete.

Community Event

A community event was held in January 2024 to celebrate and reflect on the efforts of the Citizen Scientists in presenting their findings and experiences in looking at walking conditions of Kansas City, MO neighborhoods and streets. To access the recording of this event, please contact the research team at

KCMO Citizen Scientist Report of Findings

Click the image to access the Report of Findings

Report last updated: 1/31/2024

Download Report Data

The data used in this report will be available for download using the link below.

Walk Audit Data CSV

We are currently cleaning the data to ensure its accuracy, please check back soon for the complete dataset.

Questions about this project?

Contact Maddy Pilla at or

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