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.