Bike 101

We all can learn something new about bicycling. Whether its doing a quick check before we head out on our bikes, basic maintenance, or understanding how to cycle on public roads, there are lots of resources to help.

Bike Walk Wichita provides workshops to help educate riders, or you can check these links to learn on your own!

Kansas Bicycle Laws

Kansas Cyclist has a great summary of bicycle laws in Kansas. Or check out the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Bicycling Statutes. Basically bikes are allowed on roadways  and should “ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable”, except when passing, turning left, or avoiding unsafe riding conditions. That last part is vague and we generally ride in the through traffic lane when riding on roads, ideally where the passenger side tires roll, rather than ride very close to the curb. Bikes are allowed to ride 2 abreast, and for the most part have the same basic rights and responsibilities as other vehicles.

City of Wichita Bicycle Information

The City of Wichita provides lots of information about riding in the city. The City of Wichita Bike Lanes PSA has information on bike lane markings that might educate many cyclists. Plus you may see a familiar face or two.

Prevent theft

You can’t ride if someone steals your wheels. The Bike Index has some great tips on how to protect your bike, including recording and registering your bike serial number. Cable locks are not secure, U-locks are relatively inexpensive and provide much better security. Never leave your bike unattended – most thefts occur with unsecured bikes.

League of American Bicyclists

The League of American Bicyclists provides a whole range of services, including an online course (Traffic Skills 101) and an outstanding series of videos to help us become better cyclists. Watch and learn at your own pace, and feel free to share these with your friends and family. Here are some of our favorites from the series.

Riding Tips

Basic Bike Check

Starting and Stopping

Better Bicycling

Where Should I Ride?

Intersection Positioning

Bike Lanes

Traffic Laws

Riding on the Sidewalk

Cyclist eye view; Driving Your Bicycle in Traffic

LA County / Long Beach has a set of videos (18 min, broken into 3 parts) that give a good view of what it looks like to share the road

Group Riding

The Oklahoma Bicycle Society provides good information about group riding. Click here to read more

You can also support Bike Walk Wichita by making a tax-deductible donation and volunteering at Bike Walk Wichita activities.

What’s new in Biking

  • Register for classes! - We’ve got several classes coming up, register here. Ready to Roll is this Saturday, the 8th at 10am. DIY Bike Trailer is Sunday at 1pm. Lots of other ways to connect, including volunteering for ReCycle. Come see what BWW is all about, see what connections you make here.
  • Education Team Gearing Up for a Great Opportunity! - BWW’s Education Team has been around for about 18 months, so far we’ve hosted more than 65 classes with the community! Personally, my favorite classes to teach are with the IRC (International Rescue Committee), a non-profit that helps refugees from around the world make a successful start here. We offer a basic bike safety class,

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  • Help our Education Team to gear up for a great opportunity - Consider sharing a gift of any amount to help us improve biking and walking in our community. $350 will pay to certify one new League of American Bicyclists Instructor, but even $25 will cover printing costs for six months! Help us make the streets and paths in Wichita safer for everyone!

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