City seeks public input to make streets more pedestrian-friendly

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WICHITA, Kansas – City planners turned to the public Thursday to gather input on how to make streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

They held an open house at City Hall to help develop a master plan for pedestrians, taking suggestions on what improvements can be made and where they should be implemented.

“The city of Wichita has heard from Wichita residents that they’re not satisfied with the ability to walk around town, that some improvements could be done, and so this is an excellent opportunity for us to drill down on that, learn a little bit more about where the improvements could be made or changes could be made,” Scott Wadle, with the joint city/county planning department, said.

Recent nationwide studies say about a third of adults eligible to obtain a driver’s license do not drive, instead opting to seek urban living and getting from point A to B on mass transit, on bicycle, or on foot. While Wichita remains a spread-out city that tends to favor those with cars, resident feedback suggests they want community planning that allows them to leave their cars at home.

“We’re hearing that connectivity between where people work, and parks, restaurants, where they live, those kinds of destinations is important,” Wadle said.

Planners will incorporate the feedback in the master plan, which will be formulated and unveiled sometime next summer.

 

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