County Supports Bicycle Path Proposal To Link Wichita And Derby

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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UPDATE: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sedgwick County Commissioners vote to unanimously support an application to use federal transportation enhancement funds to construct the Aviation Pathway from Wichita to Derby.

The application will go to the Kansas Department of Transportation for consideration. If approved, the pathway would be funded 80% by federal aid and 20% by local match. City of Derby and Sedgwick County will each pay half of the local match.

KDOT is expected to give a response in the summer.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

On Wednesday, Sedgwick County Commissioners will consider supporting an application to use federal transportation enhancement funds to construct the Aviation Pathway from Wichita to Derby.

The 3.61 miles pedestrian and bicycle path would start at MacArthur Rd. and Englewood St. in South Wichita and end at Buckner and Commerce Drive in Derby.

"I think it adds to the quality of life and travel options for people," said Jim Skelton, Sedgwick County Commissioner.

The proposed Aviation Pathway would connect the 60 miles Wichita path system to the 25 miles Derby path system.

The estimate total project cost is $1.27 million, with 80% federal aid and 20% local match requested.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Kansas officials are gauging public opinion about opportunities for bicycling and walking around the state.

The Kansas Department of Transportation said Tuesday it has posted an online survey on its website for residents to identify statewide biking and pedestrian needs. There are two versions of the survey -- one to be filled out by adults, the other by parents on behalf of children.

Becky Pepper, KDOT's bicycle-pedestrian coordinator, says the responses will help the agency decide how to use what she calls limited resources for bicycling and pedestrian facilities in Kansas. Pepper says one key issue is whether urban, rural and suburban residents have different views on biking and walking.

The survey will be used in a study scheduled to be completed this fall.

You can find the KDOT survey by clicking here.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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