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.
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.
Basic Bike Check
Starting and Stopping
Where Should I Ride?
Riding on the Sidewalk
Cyclist eye view; Driving Your Bicycle in Traffic
The Oklahoma Bicycle Society provides good information about group riding. Click here to read more
What’s new in Biking
- Bike FixIt Station Dedication – Saturday 10AM - While you’re out cruising the Redbud Path, check out the newly installed Bike FixIt Station near Woodlawn! Bike Walk Wichita teamed up with Whole Foods to make biking safer and more fun. Join us this Saturday, October 7th for the dedication. Event details and the facebook event are available online. Please invite your friends. Ride
- Bike Mechanic Training Offer - Bike Walk Wichita has received a grant from the Wichita Community Foundation to offset the costs of a volunteer to attend bicycle mechanic training courses conducted by the Barnett Bicycle Institute (BBI) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. BWW is seeking applications from individuals to attend that training to be held either October 22 – October 26,
- So much happening in ICT! - Open Streets, Eco-Fest, ReCycle volunteer opportunities; Bike Skills classes, and lots of rides, walks and runs in our community!