Jan. 23, 2013

Bicyclists, pedestrians encouraged to participate


TOPEKA ­– If you enjoy getting off the beaten path by walking or bicycling, then the Kansas Byways Program wants to consider your ideas for inclusion in a new Kansas Byways Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The goal of the plan is to enhance bicycling and pedestrian opportunities for each of the state’s 11 scenic and historic byways.


The plan is being developed by a consulting team led by RDG Planning & Design, Omaha, and CFS Engineers, Topeka. The goal of the plan is to help make the state’s byways more accommodating to bicyclists and pedestrians. The diversity, character and manageable length of the byways makes them especially attractive to non-motorized users, clearly evidenced by the increasing interest expressed by these groups. A friendly, welcoming bicycle/pedestrian environment also offers economic opportunities for communities and regions along the byways.


To take the survey and learn more about the planning process, go online to www.rdgusa.com/crp/kansasbyways.   


To learn more about the 11 Kansas Byways, visit the website at ksbyways.org.


About Kansas Byways


The byways program is a partnership of the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) working in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, private citizens, local byway committees and local governments. Kansas has 11 byways – eight scenic (two of which are National Scenic Byways) and three historic byways. They draw travelers to explore the scenic, historic, cultural and natural features of Kansas that lie beyond the heavily-traveled, high-speed highways. The Kansas Byways Program works within existing state and local regulations, does not require significant local financial investment and does not infringe on individual private property rights.