The city of Wichita has put up signs in College Hill Park saying that bikes are a no-no.
“We received a couple of complaints that we had some off-road bicyclists that were ‘racing’ through College Hill Park — in one case it was reported to us that they nearly ran over some small children — on sidewalks and on the turf,” parks and recreation director Doug Kupper said in an e-mail Monday.
The city usually tries not to clutter park views with a lot of signs, he said, “even though we have a few rules we ask citizens to follow. One of those is basically no bicycles except in designated areas or on specific bike paths.”
City ordinance for parks says that “bicycling shall be permitted only on designated bike paths and in designated areas.”
“We do have some parks that do have bike paths running through them,” Kupper said in his e-mail. Riverside, Linwood and Watson parks are examples. “But we do try and control the off-road bikes. They pose a danger to the public who would not think about them speeding through an area like Oak Park, and they create ruts in the parks, which can lead to erosion.”
The city has designated Chapin Park for bicycles, and the Single Track Association is building the next designated area at Air Capital Park, Kupper said.
A map of bike paths and trails is available at www.wichita.gov/CityOffices/Park/Bicycling/BikeDocs.htm.
Kupper admitted it’s “not the most viewable map in the world, but we do have most of the bike paths listed on the city website.”
Residents wondering where biking is — and is not — allowed also may call the city at 316-268-4361.