Library, bicycling projects among 3 Wichita finalists in Knight Cities Challenge

Three finalists from Wichita are among 126 projects in the running for a share in $5 million offered through the Knight Cities Challenge put on by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The three Wichita finalists, announced Monday, are:

▪ Bicycle wayfinding to bring Wichita neighborhoods together, by the city of Wichita, submitted by Scott Wadle. Wayfinding consists of signs and other markings to guide bicyclists to major destinations along recommended bicycle routes, Wadle said.

▪ Hack the Narrative to empower residents to tell their stories, by Institute for the Future, submitted by Sara Skvirsky.

▪ Public Library as Boisterous Collision Space of Ideas, to transform the library into a high-tech center for interactive learning, by the Wichita Public Library, submitted by Cynthia Berner.

The foundation opened up the challenge to the 26 cities in which it invests to come up with creative and innovative ideas to make the cities more successful.

The challenge was open to architects, activists, artists, city planners, entrepreneurs, students, educators and city officials as well as governments and organizations. It received more than 7,000 submissions. Winners will be announced in the spring.

Each year, the Knight Foundation invests in the 26 communities where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers, including The Wichita Eagle.

Reach Annie Calovich at 316-268-6596 or acalovich@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @anniecalovich.