City council members took another step toward enhanced bicycling in Wichita on Tuesday, when they approved a 10-year $12.5 million master plan to improve bike paths.
The council also established an 11-member advisory task force and approved a series of grant applications to link the city’s bicycle paths.
To frequent applause from the audience, the council threw its weight behind an admittedly optimistic plan to help grow bicycling in the city, one Vice Mayor Janet Miller called “exciting.”
The plan includes key projects to be financed by $500,000 in city capital improvements money every two years, or $2.5 million over 10 years, with federal grant money picking up the rest of the tab. However, as city staffer Scott Wadle told the council Tuesday, it’s a wish list “from 20,000 feet” with federal funding largely uncertain.
The council also approved a series of transportation enhancement applications to the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization for a combined total of $15.6 million of federal grants, targeting these projects in the plan:
In addition, the city will also submit an application for a scenic and environmental project to build a sediment basin, wetlands and micropool system to treat runoff at Crystal Prairie Lake Park.