bike paths

Crime and Courts
12:07 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

64-Year-Old Salina Man Found Guilty Of Misdemeanor Vehicular Homicide

A jury in Saline County has found a 64-year-old Salina man guilty of misdemeanor vehicular homicide in the death of bicyclist Gail Kline.

Lewis Grider also was found guilty yesterday of felony leaving the scene of the accident last May.

Before the verdict, Grider testified that he felt something hit his delivery van and stopped to survey the damage. Believing he had hit a deer, he continued on his trip.

49-year-old Kline was hit as she was riding alone west of Salina as part of the Kandango Bicycle Tour. A trucker found her in a ditch and called emergency officials.

Transportation
11:52 am
Wed August 20, 2014

KDOT Looking for Safe, Scenic Bike Routes in Kansas

Cyclists in rural Kansas.
Credit (Flickr Photo by Gene Bisbee)

Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King says his agency is working to find safe, scenic roads for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The department is looking for alternative roads that are better for bikes, and considering improvements to make them more bike-friendly.

"We look at what would make a good ride, what would be a good be a good scenic location and we're looking at adding width to those locations," he says. 

King says there are state roads in Kansas that bicyclists may best avoid and leave to car and truck traffic.

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Government
11:27 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Pittsburg Biking Trail Project To Receive Federal Funding

A mile-long walking and biking trail in Pittsburg is among 20 projects in Kansas that will share $11.5 million in federal transportation funding.

The project has an estimated cost of $900,000, and will receive $656,000 from the federally funded Transportation Alternatives Program. Troy Graham is the city's director of Planning and Community Services, he says the rest of the money will come from private donors.

Health
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Brett Hogan

Speed cyclist Brett Hogan
Credit 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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Health
6:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Hoyt Hillman

Hoyt Hillman (center) and GreenWay Alliance volunteers install a public dock along the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Hoyt Hillman is the President of the GreenWay Alliance of Wichita, a non-profit group that works for a network of parks, trails and greenways in the south-central Kansas area. Hillman has been working to create green spaces for decades. 

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Health
9:14 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Ruth Holliday

Bicycle Pedaler Ruth Holliday shows off a poster of bicycle benefits and facts that she often takes to school presentations.
Credit Kate Clause / KMUW

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.

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Health
6:44 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Rhandalee Hinman

Rhandalee enjoys Wichita's bike paths, especially the Midtown Path, which is near her home.
Credit Rhandalee Hinman

Wichita resident Rhandalee Hinman rode her bike as a kid, but like many people, gave up the habit once she reached adulthood. A little over a year ago, however, she decided to switch up her fitness routine and joined a local bicycling group. She fell down several times on her first ride, but she kept going. Within that first year, Rhandalee rode 100 miles as part of Bike MS.

She says anyone can get into bike riding. Just go slow and keep trying to get better.

    

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Health
5:41 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Christina Calhoun

Bike commuter Christina Calhoun
Hugo Phan KMUW

25-year-old Christina Calhoun says she became a bike commuter by accident--by car accident, actually. Two years ago, a car accident left her with a broken car she couldn't afford to repair. She biked to work that day, and she's been biking everywhere she needs to go for about two years now.

Christina doesn't miss having a car; in fact, she says living life at bike pace has helped her focus her limited energy and time on the things most important to her.

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Transportation
7:23 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Grant For $18 M To Fund 35 Pedestrian, Bicycle, Historic Site, Highway Projects In Kansas

The Redbud Trail winding its way through Wichita, between 9th and 13th streets.
Credit 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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Transportation
6:20 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Wichita City Council To Hear Presentation On Bicycle Master Plan

The Wichita Bicycle Master Plan would create a network of bike lanes and bike paths.
Credit Ty Nigh / Flickr

The Wichita City Council will hear recommendations Tuesday on a 10-year, $12.5 million plan to improve and connect city bike paths.

Bike shop owner Lee Engler says new riders like safe paths and seasoned riders prefer street improvements, and the steering committee is proposing both.

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