The Wichita City Council Tuesday approved the Bicycle Master Plan. It recommends ways to make bicycling easier, safer and more convenient in Wichita.
A 19-member steering committee worked on the plan for two years. More than 4,000 people participated in the planning process at various meetings and events.
At the council meeting, Scott Wadle of the city's planning department outlined some of the recommendations:
Committee member Barry Carroll said there are many reasons why the plan would be beneficial to the city. It would:
The plan also recommends the creation of a bicycle and pedestrian advisory board, which the council approved.
Construction cost of the 10-year bicycle plan is estimated at $12.5 million. The city currently allocated $500,000 every other year for bicycle enhancement projects. They council anticipates they could use those funds to leverage an additional $10 million in federal funding over 10 years.