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Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

It doesn’t take long to drive a car across the Missouri River.

Depending on traffic, the roughly half-mile trek can take just one minute. But if you don’t have a car, the Missouri River can seem like a much larger obstacle.

According to the U.S. Census, about 84 percent of the Kansas City metro population drives alone to work. That leaves the other 16 percent commuting by other means, like carpooling, public transit, walking, biking or just working from home.

Suzanne Hogan, KCUR

The Missouri River plays an important part in Kansas City's history. But for many people today, it's an obstacle that divides our city. We look into how to cross the river if you don't have a car, and discuss what "The Northland" means.

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Kansas City isn't exactly known for being a pedestrian friendly city. Downtown is overcrowded by parking lots, there have been books written about the city's automobile obsession, and it still only has a "bronze" rating from the League of American Bicyclists for its cycling friendliness.

But there are still Kansas Citians who go against the grain and make it a point to walk. In a conversation with Central Standard's Gina Kaufmann Wednesday, Pedestrian Path blogger Rhianna Weilert said her breaking point came after her car was totaled in a hit-and-run accident.

courtesy of Henry Fortunato

One day in mid-September, Henry Fortunato stepped out the front door of his home in Overland Park, Kansas and began a walk that would continue for the next 39 days and take him to the western edge of the state.

Epilogue: Walking Kansas For Stroke Awareness

Jun 11, 2013
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When we first talked with Sandy Billinger and her son Michael, they were preparing to trek the length of Kansas for a cause.  Today we check back in with the backpacking duo for a recap of their journey.

Chris Prewitt / KCUR

The Kansas City area has had its fair share of rain and clouds these last few weeks, but blue skies and sun are on the way just in time for National Trails Day

In celebration we put together this handy list of some of KC's best hiking trails:

Brent Danley

When you don't drive a car, trekking to Wichita can seem a little daunting. For Henry Fortunato, public affairs director for Kansas City Public Library, it's a walk in the park.

Dave Spicer

Would you walk 500 miles to raise awareness for a cause? Would you walk 70 more?

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In recent years, urban planners have renewed their focus on creating walkable communities. Walking is the most basic mode of transportation – and yet, in the Kansas City metropolitan area, it’s not as common as in other parts of the country.