(MANHATTAN, KANSAS - June 10, 2019) The City of Manhattan and the Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) are developing a new Bicycle & Pedestrian Systems Plan which will provide a 20-year vision to expand and enhance the community’s biking and walking infrastructure and will serve as an update to Manhattan's 1999 Bicycle Master Plan.
The consultant team is led by Alta Planning + Design who will make design and plan element recommendations. Also on the consultant team are CFS Engineers of Topeka for engineering support, and Shockey Consulting of Lenexa for community and stakeholder engagement.
Since February, the City and MPO have worked with a steering committee comprising fifteen community and City leaders to develop the vision and goals for the Systems Plan. The City and MPO have also met with various stakeholder groups in Manhattan to get input and support during this initial planning phase. Over this summer, the team will develop a draft plan, which will be available this fall for public review. Presentation of the finalized plan to the City Commission is planned for winter 2019.
The Systems Plan will identify projects and programs to make walking and biking safe, comfortable, and dignified modes of transportation for people of all ages and abilities. The Plan will identify projects to be completed over the 20-year period, and prioritize implementation based on community impact and need. To aid in project identification and prioritization, the City encourages community members to offer their input via the online interactive map available on the project website (www.bikemanhattan.com).
Low-cost active transportation demonstration projects will be deployed throughout Manhattan over this summer to engage the public during development of the Systems Plan and temporarily improve streets and intersections for walking and biking. The first demonstration project was installed at the intersection of North Manhattan Avenue and Fremont Street in April and included temporary curb extensions and painted crosswalk stripes. Funding for the materials for the temporary demonstrations is provided through a Consolidated Planning Grant (USDOT) and America Walks grants.
For questions regarding the Systems Plan, please contact John Adam, Senior Planner, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.bikemanhattan.com. Use the project hashtag to show your support for #safestreetsmhk.