Location: Wichita

Wichita to add Bike Racks to Buses

According to the Wichita Eagle, more than $45 million of the federal economic stimulus package will go to the Wichita area for transportation projects.

About $6.6 million of that is earmarked for transit projects, which Wichita plans to use to buy replacement buses, add bicycle racks to buses, and build new bus shelters.

Up to now, Wichita, the largest city in the state, has had no bike racks on its metro buses. Most other large bus systems in the state — Lawrence, Topeka, Johnson County — all have had bike racks for some time.

While this is may seem like it’s a small step forward, it can make a big difference in people’s lives, making a multi-mode commute possible — using a bicycle to get to a bus stop, and riding the bike to your destination at the end — greatly extending the range and speed of a bicycle commute.

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By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web’s premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

One response to “Wichita to add Bike Racks to Buses”

  1. Bil Hartman says:

    As a senior citizen who eclusively uses the WTA I am eagely awaiting the installation of bicycle racks on the city busses. I realize that it takes time for actual monies to change hands and especially when we’re dealing with the current administration (if at all). But I just want to take the time to applaud the WTA for taking its riders into consideration and installing the racks.