Bonner Springs site of 'Bikeway Plan' public meeting

April 23, 2014

The Mid-America Regional Council is looking for public comments as it develops a Regional Bikeway Plan, with one comment session scheduled in Bonner Springs.

MARC is working with a team of local officials and other stakeholders to develop the Regional Bikeway Plan to help establish a vision for high-priority bikeway and trail investments across the metropolitan area. The plan will also include an inventory of the current trails and bikeways system, along with priorities for improving and expanding the region's on-road and off-road trails network. Planners are seeking public input through an innovative online WikiMap and a series of public meetings.

A public comment meeting has been set form 5-7 p.m. May 15 at the Sunflower Room in the Bonner Springs Community Center, 200 E. Third St. Other public meetings have been scheduled in Spring Hill, Kan., Belton, Mo., and Gladstone, Mo.

Bicycle riders are encouraged to visit the WikiMap at before May 23 to add their input. After providing some basic information about their bicycling habits, users can use mapping tools to highlight routes they currently bicycle or would like to bicycle, barriers to bicycling and destinations that they ride to.

The map also allows users to leave specific comments about the routes and points they enter. The site provides an instructional video for those unfamiliar with mapping tools and layers.

The Regional Bikeway Plan will be completed by December 2014. The planning effort will be coordinated with the current update of Transportation Outlook 2040 — the metropolitan area's long-range transportation plan — to help clarify regional priority investments and implementation strategies.

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