Bicycle Master Plan

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The City of Wichita has launched a new downtown bike-share program.

City Of Wichita Recognized For Bike-Friendly Iniatives

Nov 16, 2016
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Wichita has been recognized nationally for its ongoing efforts to improve conditions for bicycling.

The League of American Bicyclists awarded the local government an Honorable Mention designation on Wednesday for working with community partners to create a bicycle-friendly city.

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The City of Wichita will be expanding its bike lanes this year linking the southern part of the city with downtown. The lanes will be on Topeka and Market streets, between Kellogg and Mount Vernon.

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The City of Wichita is being recognized for its master downtown plan to improve bicycle and walking opportunities.

The Kansas Public Health Association named the Wichita as the 2015 Public Health Policy Maker of the Year for implementing master bicycle and pedestrian walkway plans.

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The city of Wichita will begin installing bike paths downtown this week as part of the 10-year Wichita Bicycle Master Plan. The installation will take place over the course of three weeks.

Special to KMUW

Wichita cyclist Brett Hogan likes to ride in races, for long distances, and fast. He got into bicycling in high school, when his swim coach told him he could improve his performance by adding cycling to his fitness regime. He hopped on a bike and didn't look back.

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Ruth Holliday owns the Bicycle Pedaler in Wichita along with her husband, Bob. The two met when they were RNs and bonded over their love of biking--so much so that they biked for their honeymoon in California. Over the years, Ruth and Bob have biked in New Zealand's two islands and Pacific Highway 1.

She and Bob started Bicycle Pedaler to be a welcoming place for bicyclists, a bicycle store owned by two avid bikers. They're still at it, 34 years later.

Hear Ruth talk about why she rides, what kind of gear new bicyclists need, and her favorite places to go.

Kansas Byways Program wants bikers and walkers in the state to share their ideas for the program's new Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

The plan is to enhance bicycling and pedestrian opportunities for each of the state's 11 scenic and historic byways.

A consulting team led by RDG Planning & Design, Omaha, and CFS Engineers, Topeka is developing the plan.

More information on the survey and planning process can be found at: www.rdgusa.com/crp/kansasbyways.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

The Kansas Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $18 million to 35 projects around the state through its transportation enhancement program.

Transportation Enhancement  is a federally funded program that provides cities, counties, and other groups with funding for transportation projects like bike paths, pedestrian traffic, bicycle safety education, historic restoration, scenic highway programs, and the conversion of abandoned railroad lines into trails, among other things.

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May has been proclaimed Bicycle Month. The city of Wichita is celebrating by highlighting recent bike path improvements and by looking forward to what's next. There are also many bicycle-related events planned throughout the city.

Highlighted Events

May 17 is Bike to Work Day, which will include breakfast stations around Wichita from 7:00 to 9:00 and free lunch at Old Town Square from 11:30 to 1:30.

Breakfast station locations:

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