BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN
BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN COUNT
Every year WAMPO coordinates an annual count of bicycle and pedestrian activity across 38 different sites in Park City, Goddard, Andover, Mulvane, and Wichita, among many other locations.
The data collected during the count help to estimate the number of people who bicycle, walk, and run, and the locations where they do so. Once collected, the data are used to plan the locations of future bicycle and pedestrian investments. In order to effectively gather this information, we rely on a team of volunteers to spend a short period of time at each site counting bicyclists and pedestrians.
BICYCLE LEVEL OF TRAFFIC STRESS
The Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO) has developed a Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress (BLTS) score for each city in the WAMPO region. The scores range from 1 to 4, with the smaller number representing a lower amount of stress on the bicyclist. The purpose of the map is to better show where bicyclists may have more trouble on the road and how bicyclists and traffic are intertwined.
REGIONAL PATHWAY SYSTEM PLAN (RPSP)
The WAMPO Regional Pathway System Plan (RPSP) establishes a backbone system to connect existing and future bicycle/pedestrian facilities throughout the metropolitan planning area. The plan was originally developed in 2007 as a cooperative effort that included extensive participation by various stakeholders including the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO), federal, state, and transit agency representatives, pathway users, and local jurisdictions throughout the region. It was revised in 2011 to reflect changes made to the system between 2007 and 2011, including updates made to the WAMPO Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) 2035, and to include a section on emerging opportunities and issues in the region.
The principal function of WAMPO is to serve as a regional forum for transportation decision‐making. Therefore, the key function of this plan is to serve as a decision‐making tool. It is not the intent of this plan to be prescriptive in policy recommendations or facility decisions. Rather, decisions that impact development policy, facility type, and facility location are left to the discretion of local jurisdictions as they attempt to do what is in the best interest of their communities. This plan does, however, identify opportunities to serve the current and future transportation needs of the region.
The plan attempts to address irreconcilable views on bicycle/pedestrian facility development and use that exist in the general public. However, this plan will not satisfy all viewpoints. Due to the nature of the plan, trail users provided the vast majority of input. As such, WAMPO acknowledges that the plan more thoroughly addresses the needs and
viewpoints of facility users than those of non‐users.
PLANNING WALKABLE PLACES (PWP)
The funding for the Planning Walkable Places (PWP) Program comes from "leftover" funds that pose special difficulties for use on construction projects. The purpose of this program is to help meet the current and anticipated future need for walkable place-making in the WAMPO region with a focused program that will promote vibrancy, community, and economic vitality today and over the long term. For more information, check out the following resource documents: