TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Good news for those who like to ride bikes in the City of Topeka.
The state Department of Transportation has awarded nearly a quarter million dollars to the city to move ahead with the second phase of it’s “Bikeways Master Plan”.
The $$223,000 grant will be combined with $45,000 raised locally to expand the existing system of bike paths with the new routes seen on this map in red.
The project began last June with an initial $1.4M grant and is slated to be done in five phases over the next 12 years. This second phase will begin in 2015 and take two years. The remaining three phases will start in 2018 and cost an additional $3M.
The master plan says about 9,600 bicycle trips are made a year currently as people use bikes to commute to work, school or for pleasure. It predicts that by the year 2030 that number will increase more than four fold to about 40,000.
THIS SECOND PHASE BEGINS CONSTRUCTION NEXT YEAR AND SHOULD TAKE TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.
THREE MORE PHASES, COSTING ANOTHER THREE-MILLION DOLLARS, ARE ON THE DRAWING BOARD.
THE CITY PREDICTS AS MANY AS 40-THOUSAND PEOPLE COULD BE RIDING BIKES TO COMMUTE AND FOR PLEASURE BY 2030 – THAT’S FOUR TIMES THE NUMBERS TODAY