The Wichita area has many bike friendly facilities (with many more to come, thanks to the Bicycle Master Plan! Check out the Bicycle Master Plan Updates page for the latest!). Be sure to check out the City of Wichita street safety videos. The videos are full of great tips for how we all can share the road and be courteous on Wichita streets. Our Local Rides page has information on where to ride and who to ride with.
On Street Bike Lanes:
Wichita now has many more miles of on street bike lanes, thanks to progress on the Bicycle Master Plan. As of fall 2015, there are lanes marked on 1st and 2nd from Edgemoor through downtown to Seneca; Market and Topeka from Mt. Vernon to 21st; and on Mt. Vernon near the Ark River. Many more lanes are planned, so be watching for these!
Recently the city installed bike racks at all bus stops. While these may not be the most convenient racks to use, they are a visible part of the biking infrastructure. Other parts of town such as Downtown and Delano have installed nicely designed bike racks (see photo). More and more businesses are installing bike racks as part of the Bike Friendly Business designation.
A Bicycle Boulevard (sometimes referred to as a “quiet street”) is a low-speed and low-volume on street bicycle route shared with vehicles that include extra markings and improved crossings at major streets to encourage safe bicycle travel. Bicycle Boulevards are coming to Wichita, including Woodchuck, connecting Sedgwick County Park to University Avenue; Armour and Douglas (DONE), connecting Gypsum Creek Path to the K96 path; Schweiter Drive over Kellogg (DONE) to connect up with WSU. Sycamore St, starting at Sycamore and Douglas and going south to Orient.(DONE) Green Street Bikeway (done).
Featured bike paths
- Redbud Rail Trail
The Redbud Trail is one of the two Rail-Trail projects in the area. This trail runs from near downtown Wichita at I-135 through the city by Wesley Hospital and then near Wichita State University. It continues east towards Andover and then Augusta. Within Wichita city limits the trail is paved to Woodlawn, with a nice crossing to connect to the Armour Bike Boulevard. Its still rough from there to the county line, but we’re making progress. Even unfinished, its a jewel for our community.
- Prairie Sunset Rail Trail
The Prairie Sunset Trail is the other Rail-Trail project in the area. Started in the mid 2000’s this trail runs from Garden Plain west of Wichita through Goddard and starting in 2015 will continue east into the city limits of Wichita. This trail offers great views and lovely scenery close to home. On both the east and west sides of town, trail advocates from Prairie Travelers and partner organization Andover-Augusta Rail Trail Initiative (AARTI) are diligently working to create regional transportation connections that include bicyclists and pedestrians. Their combined efforts could result in a 50 mile designated bikeway stretching from Garden Plain to Augusta.
- Arkansas River path
This 10 mile multi-use path goes through the heart of the city and provides access to parks and lots of city attractions, including museums, the stadium, and the zoo. There are plenty of places to park along the path as well as many quiet stretches to explore.
- Sedgwick County Park
This park provides more than 4 miles of paths, including several that wind through wooded areas that might make your forget you are still in the city. Located in the Northwest part of town right next to the zoo, this very popular park can be reached from the Ark River Path.
- Air Capital Memorial Park Trail
Air Capital Memorial Park is a city park in Wichita, Kansas that has been developed for singletrack bicycling and hiking/running use. There are about 2 miles of singletrack trail, with about a half mile of that being beginner-friendly, and the rest consisting of intermediate and advanced trails. Air Capital Memorial Park is located at 9501 W Kellogg Dr, Wichita KS 67209. Air Capital Memorial Park was built and is maintained by volunteers from Kansas Singletrack Society and Lee’s Bike Shop.
The newly published Greater Wichita Bike Map has been updated to show all of the new locations of bicycle paths, lanes, and bike friendly streets throughout the Wichita area. Printed copies of the map are now available at City Hall, neighborhood city halls, libraries, parks, bicycle shops, and many other locations throughout the city. The following links show PDF versions of the maps (links for the 2016 map will be added by 5/31/16).
- Greater Wichita Bike Map-Wichita side
- Greater Wichita Bike Map-County side
- Wichita Bikeways – March 2016
- Greater Wichita Bike Map-Downtown
- City of Wichita Interactive Map Tool
- State of Kansas Bicycle Guide
- Downtown Bicycle Parking Map
The city has a webpage where you can report problems, or download their APP! Great job, Wichita.
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,
- 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!