Help us build a critical connection for our bike network

The city is now applying for a grant through the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program that would beautify the ditch east of Tuttle Creek Boulevard near IHop, but more importantly, it includes a trail system and crosswalk that will connect 3rd Street across Tuttle Creek Boulevard to the multi-use path along McCall Road. This is a critical connection that will connect downtown and campus to eastside shopping while also preparing the way for Northview Residents to bike or walk to campus or town.

Crosswalk

These grants are highly competitive and they need to demonstrate to KDOT that they have strong community support.

You can help in one of two ways:

1. Sign this petition.

2. If you want to increase your impact, write a full letter of support.  Send the letter to me (mike.wesch at gmail dot com) by Thursday (tomorrow), but address the letter to

Ms. Becky Pepper
KDOT Bureau of Transportation Planning
Transportation Alternatives Program
700 SW Harrison, 2nd Floor Tower
Topeka, KS 66603

Possible points to make in your letter:

•There is currently no safe pedestrian or bicycle access for residents in nearby neighborhoods.
•With no pedestrian access, some residents must drive over 1 mile through heavy traffic to businesses that are just a few hundred yards from their home.
•This small but important trail connection and crosswalk will bring over 30,000 residents within a pleasant 1 mile walk or 2 mile bike ride from eastside businesses.
•Over 20,000 KSU students would be able to ride their bike to eastside businesses, parks, and Linear Trail (which allows them to bike around the entire city).
•Though it is dangerous, many residents already attempt the crossing or walk along Tuttle Creek Boulevard. This project will dramatically improve safety.
•There is currently no safe way for residents of Northview neighborhoods to bike or walk to town or campus. This would provide a critical connection for them across Tuttle Creek Boulevard.

Thank you for your support!

Michael Wesch

Chair of the City of Manhattan Bicycle Advisory Committee, avid bicycle commuter, and a cultural anthropologist.

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