In his recent State of the City Address, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer said:
There are more actions government can take to create a healthier environment. My downtown vision speaks to creating a pedestrian-friendly environment. A place where people can walk from Old Town to Intrust Bank Arena to Waterwalk, stopping at retail, restaurant or entertainment venues along the way. The PROS Plan speaks to creating more parks and open space, and more bike and walking paths.
As a City, we can support more community gardens and farmers’ markets. These steps are all part of making Wichita a community where people of all ages can find recreational opportunities that fit their interests. I am confident as we move forward with the PROS Plan, we will find more options for creating a healthy community. Additionally, we hope to gain ideas from an upcoming workshop on ways to create a bike- and pedestrian-friendly city.
The “PROS Plan” (Parks, Recreation & Open Space Plan), while acknowledging the “Active Transportation” and “Complete Streets” movements as “national trends” in transportation, focuses primarily on recreation and health, and on creating off-street paths and trails.
This is all well and good, of course, but doesn’t rise to the level of making Wichita a “Bicycle Friendly Community”.
But, the mayor did (sort of) include that phrase in his speech…
Wichita-area cyclists: What is your opinion? Are there any plans for Wichita to apply for the Bicycle Friendly Community designation? Does anyone there consider that a goal worth striving for?