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Mobility and Transportation

MT2.3

Promote Bicycle Facilities on Regional Roadways

To learn how you can improve roadway conditions for cyclists contact the Flint Hills Regional Council

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Tool Information


Goals

  1. Youth
  2. Amenities
  3. Health
  4. Tourism
  5. Multi-Modal Transportation

Description

The Flint Hills can encourage cycling by making improvements to regional roadway facilities designed to enhance bicycle safety and comfort.  Widening shoulders, posting bicycle signage, and painting bike lanes are potential strategies for improving bicycle facilities on regional roadways.   Planning that maps out where there are opportunities to both improve connectivity in and at the same time improve safety conditions will become the highest priority in a long term plan to improve bicycle infrastructure.  

Background

Bicycling is rapidly increasing in popularity as a recreation and fitness activity and transportation option.  Many regional roadways are not conducive to cycling.  High rates of speed, lack of signage and facilities, rough or dangerous storm drains and narrow or nonexistent shoulders make cycling dangerous to cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.  

 

 

Photo by Andy Boenau, 2008 (cc BY ND 2.0)

Implementation Strategy


Champions and Partners

  • Flint Hills Regional Council
  • Kansas Department of Transportation
  • Local County and Municipal Jurisdictions

Timeframe

Short (1-3 years)

Cost

$$$

Cost Details

  • Planning services
  • Signage and painting bike lanes
  • Widening roads and shoulders

Funding Sources

  • Federal transportation dollars can be used to fund bicycle facilities

Implementation Details

A brief outline of the first few steps necessary for implementation are provided. The steps outlined here are provided only as a suggested starting point and other approaches are certainly valid.

  • Assess regional bikeways and where there are areas with conditions that prevent connectivity
  • Identify opportunities that both increase connectivity AND improve roadway plus bikeway conditions and facilities
  • Make a long range plan prioritizing improvement projects
  • Seek funding and implement plans
  • Study the regional connections to identify the best routes for implementing cycling infrastructure
  • Create a pilot study to test cycling faciliti

Case Study


Florida Highway Bike Lanes

Florida has developed an initiative that aims at bicycle safety measures and pilots bike lanes on the highway along with many other online safety resources.  Miami and Dade counties have built bike lanes connecting the two counties via highway and a highway bridge. 


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Relevance

Florida was ranked last in the nation for bicycle and pedestrian safety.  In 2012, the Florida legislature decided to improve this situation by creating a two-year pilot program to accommodate bicycle facilities on highways.  The state DOT created two retrofit projects that created bike lanes, hand rails, green paint at conflict zones, such as on ramps, and rumble strips for under $1 million dollars. For more information visit the following article: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/09/25/complete-freeways-florida-tries-bike-lanes-on-highway-bridges/