A generation has passed since streetcars last rumbled along Kansas City streets.
So when the streetcar returns downtown next year, it will be new for many Kansas Citians born long after the last streetcar was retired more than 50 years ago.
It’s why the Kansas City Streetcar Authority is ramping up efforts to teach the public about how to move safely with the streetcar as it glides along Main Street from Union Station to the River Market.
The streetcar safety campaign is called “Respect the rail: Be smart. Be safe. Be ready.” It features blue-and-yellow signs that will be posted downtown spelling out various safety tips.
For many not born when streetcars last traversed city streets in 1957, this will be an introductory safety course. For others who lived during Kansas City’s streetcar era, this will be a brush-up lesson.
Either way, the streetcar authority is unveiling a series of safety messages directed toward riders, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. The goal is to make sure that everyone is safe along the streetcar’s two-mile route through downtown.
Here are these safety tips that the streetcar authority will be promoting in the coming months:
Those are just some of the safety tips for making friends with the new streetcar. For the Kansas City Streetcar Authority’s entire safety campaign, go to www.kcstreetcar.org. Safety information also can be found on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.