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Help us plan the future - bikemanhattan.info

Help us plan the future

BikeAdjustments2014

The Bicycle Advisory Committee is working on a new strategic plan for bicycling and we would like your help and input.  Click on the map above to view our current plans to reach our goal of a continuous, uninterrupted, signed network of safe streets, bicycle boulevards, paths, bike lanes, and other amenities to be used by bicycles and pedestrians for commuting and recreation that help make biking and walking more safe, convenient, and comfortable.

It is especially urgent to work on this comprehensive map at this time for two reasons:

  1. The Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan is currently being updated, providing the vision for how Manhattan will develop and change over the next 20 years.  (Go to manhattanarea2035.com for more info and to leave your input.)
  2. We have had some success acquiring grant money and other funds recently that may allow us to begin marking and signing this network as soon as later this year.

Please look the map over and offer your feedback below.  Feel free to download the map and add your own edits if that is easier for you.  Thank you for your help.

 

Michael Wesch

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

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21 Responses

  1. Kim Hiller says:

    I live in the University Heights area of Manhattan and find it difficult to get both in and out of my neighborhood because of Seth Child. I ride a road bike and the thick gravel that can pile up on Linear Trail can make riding on it dangerous. However, the only other way to connect from my neighborhood to the rest of the Manhattan is Seth Child. Riding north on Seth Child is less of a problem but when I am riding back home on Seth Child, the traffic merging on from Anderson makes me very nervous when I am on my bike. I would love it if the plan could include a safe way of connecting University Heights/Miller Ranch/Lee Mill Heights with the rest of Manhattan.

  2. Michael Wesch says:

    Thanks for your input. Do you think the solution should be some changes to Seth Child (e.g. bike markings on shoulder, crossing-warning at on-ramps) or a separate path (e.g. connecting Amherst-Linear directly east to Grandview neighborhood as shown with the red line on the map)? If you would like to brainstorm or discuss it in person, we meet the third Friday of every month at 9 am, usually at the traffic shop on 11th and Yuma.

    • Kim Hiller says:

      I would feel safer if I could avoid riding my bike on Seth Child entirely if at all possible so a separate path like the red line shown on the map would be my preference. Thanks for all the work you are doing to map the city safer for bikes

  3. D Novak says:

    1) Scenic Drive is very busy and the shoulders are in pretty bad condition. Some kind of improvement is needed south of Anderson along Scenic Drive. 2) Due to the volume of traffic on Kimball the 8 or 10 foot sidewalk needs continue west to Candlewood. 3) A bike path is needed along Tuttlecreek Blvd between McCall & Allen Rd. 4) Linear Trail would be used year around if it were all paved.

  4. Michael Wesch says:

    Thanks Diane. 1. I think Scenic Drive will be widened soon and will be built with wide shoulders. 2. The problem with a path along Kimball is the number of curb cuts. There are too many cross-streets and driveways that make it especially dangerous. We are trying to route people around it via Dickens (to the south) or the trail (to the north). 3. We have put in a grant that will create a trail from McCall to Casement. There will then be a bicycle boulevard to take people the rest of the way to Allen road. 4. I am all for paving Linear, but some walkers and joggers have voiced opposition to this as it is harder on their knees.

  5. D Novak says:

    In many communities where there is a paved path there is an adjacent dirt path. Boulder is an example where every one is happy including joggers.

  6. Lwidenor says:

    They recently put the warning divots (I don’t know what they are called) in the bike lane area of Tuttle Creek Blvd. it is now impossible to ride on that, but the cars can’t tell and aren’t very patient… I will say I am very sad at the lack of safe road biking areas in Manhattan after leaving Meridian/Boise Idaho. My teenage boys used to ride freely and now do not feel safe.

  7. D Novak says:

    I’m not happy with the rumble strips either. KDOT made the decision to do this.

  8. Susan says:

    I would love to see more safe walk/bike paths separated from traffic. I don’t feel safe walking and esp biking around most of town esp. with my kids. Until we have separate “streets” for biking there is no way I will let my kids ride their bikes further than down the block. I frequently use the path along manhattan ave (beside ksu) to walk with my kids to preschool on campus and my husband walks to campus every day. I only wish our other schools were closer and safer to walk to everyday!

  9. Michael Wesch says:

    KDOT has heard the feedback about the rumble strips on Tuttle Creek Blvd and word is that there is a work order for a slurry machine to come out and fill them in. Susan, what do you think of the Bicycle Boulevard concept we are pursuing? An overview of the concept can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNNxwF1BPKE We have one in place already (Moro east of 11th St) and a full network will be in place soon following the map above. These roads will have sharrows, signage, and 20 MPH speed limits to make sure that bicycles have priority and higher visibility. We hope for more dedicated paths in the future, but for some areas of town it will not be possible due to the number of driveways entering the road. For the core of town especially (east, south, and southeast of campus), bicycle boulevards seem like a good solution. I ride with my small kids all over this area by following these routes and rarely see any cars. Moro has been especially wonderful since becoming a bicycle boulevard. We often see several other bikers riding casually along the route and enjoying themselves.

  10. Michael Wesch says:

    More on bicycle boulevards here: http://bikemanhattan.info/?p=180

  11. Brad says:

    I agree with Kim Hiller above about Seth Child. Seth Child needs a separate bike-walk path separated from the road. I frequently see people walking and biking on Seth Child and it is unsafe for both. Also Seth Child isolates Miller Ranch/Amherst from being able to effectively bike to most places in Manhattan. The lack of viable connections to town keeps me from routinely biking to KSU because of safety concerns (Amherst is very dangerous, Seth Child is very dangerous as noted above). Stagg Hill has similar issues. Technically the linear trail should facilitate this, but in practice it does not.

    Clafflin needs a bike lane too. A lot of bikes are seen on it from Seth Child to campus. Especially at From Seth Child to Radina’s it is extremely dangerous. It is also dangerous starting at the the forest service all the way to campus. Dickens/Jardine is supposed to be the bike boulevard, but either this is not well known, or is chosen to be ignored. If there were an off road bike path along Seth Child that connected to Dickens, and education, this would probably put more bikes onto Dickens instead of Clafflin.

    Manhattan also needs more paved recreation trails for bikes, walkers and runners to encourage fitness for residents overall.

  12. Michael Wesch says:

    Thanks, Brad. We have been concerned about the “Amherst island” for many years: http://bikemanhattan.info/?p=77 That entire area, which is developing quickly, remains disconnected for all except the most intrepid cyclists. There are several challenges to running a bike path north from Amherst along Seth Childs. The first is how to get across Wildcat Creek. A bridge or cantilever (attached to the current road bridge) would be necessary and then either a cantilever across Anderson or simply go down to Anderson and wait for a light. In any case, it will be expensive, and some taxpayers will note that it simply parallels Linear, which could be partially paved and serve a similar purpose (though it takes the biker out of the way a bit if they are going to campus). Right now we are surveying options for creating a new path that would go straight from Amherst into the neighborhoods west and south of campus. This is the most direct and exciting possibility if we can get the topographical challenges worked out. It would take a large grant, but we think we could get the community support we would need to make a good case since it is such a big problem at this point.

    As for Amherst, the city has tried to put in sidewalks and bike lanes there for years but there was significant resistance from some people in the neighborhood and they abandoned it. It might be useful to show strong neighborhood support for bike lanes along Amherst by creating a petition or letter and send it to the city to convince officials that it is wanted and needed.

  13. Emily Weiser says:

    Fantastic to hear that there is an active conversation around this topic, and that you’ve secured funding to keep working on this network. I’ve recently moved here and have found Manhattan to be generally very bike-friendly in terms of courteous/aware drivers and quiet streets for riding in town, but I agree that connectivity could be improved in some areas. The Manhattan Bikeability Map was also extremely helpful as I learned my way around!

    Is there a way to download a higher resolution version of the above planning map? I “saved image as…” but can’t read most of the text on that version (1024×628) either.

    One small, but perhaps easily fixed, problem I have encountered is heading north at the intersection of Anderson and N Manhattan. It was great to see the northbound bike lane put in to facilitate bike traffic on the otherwise one-way-south section of N Manhattan. But the intersection is problematic – there’s no signal for northbound bikes and not even a “walk” button/signal if you want to use the crosswalk. I imagine the construction on the building at the NE corner of the intersection is responsible for this and that it will be a temporary problem, but it seems like it should still be possible to make that intersection a bit safer for bikes while the construction is ongoing. As it is, choosing when to cross northbound can be a bit of a gamble, especially in daylight when I can’t see the color of the southbound traffic light.

    On a related note – are there any plans to make sure that the traffic signals along the network are bike-sensitive? Most of the under-pavement car sensors around town do not seem to sense bikes. I very much appreciate Kansas’s “dead red” law for cyclists, but it can still be difficult to cross busy roads safely.

    I’m pleased to hear the rumble strips on Tuttle Creek Blvd will be filled in. Thanks so much for your work on this and I will be sure to stay tuned as the conversation continues!

    • Michael Wesch says:

      Try this link for a hi-res download.

      You are right that the Anderson/Manhattan intersection is a temporary problem due to the hotel construction. Once that is complete the light will be altered to accommodate bikes and pedestrians northbound.

      All new traffic signals installed throughout Manhattan are bike-sensitive, but there are still a few old ones that need updated or adjusted. If you know of one that is particularly troubling, let us know and we will consider moving it up the queue of things to do.

  14. Susan says:

    We just had a light installed at manhattan ave and keen without a walk light. Many in our neighborhood walk to ksu everyday or bike. Some of us have been cutting through behind AIB to get to their crosswalk across manhattan ave. even though it is signed I have never had anyone stop for my daughter and I when we walk to preschool on campus. My husband who walks everyday also experiences the same thing.

    • Michael Wesch says:

      I’ll be sure to raise this issue at the next meeting. I think North Manhattan will be altered significantly soon and a new light will likely be put in place at that time.

    • Michael Wesch says:

      An engineer with the city confirms that this is a temporary light and will offer full bike-ped crossing access when it is complete.

  15. Douglas says:

    1. I agree with the need for connections across the “Manhattan Beltway” (Seth Child, Fort Riley Blvd, Tuttle Creek Blvd). The Amherst to Grandview connector would avoid Seth Child and Anderson and be an ideal route for cyclists.
    2. With the recent implementation of a protected bike lane headed north on Manhattan Ave between Moro and Bluemont, I think it would be good to have a westbound bike lane on Moro between 11th and Manhattan. There is already two-way bike traffic there now (unfortunately), with people riding westbound against traffic or on the sidewalks. Business owners probably won’t like it, but removing the angle parking on the north side of Moro might give enough room for one westbound bike lane (as an alternative, pushing the angle parking away from the curb and removing the parallel parking on the south side to compensate might result in fewer lost parking spaces). Eastbound cyclists could ride with the flow of traffic, as they do headed south on Manhattan from Bluemont to Moro. A westbound bike lane would allow the “non-intrepid” cyclists returning along Moro’s bike boulevard to take a direct route to campus. I know that they should go one block south to Laramie, but this requires making a difficult left turn at Moro and 11th in the face of three lanes of opposing traffic (Moro) and two lanes of oncoming traffic (north and south on 11th). The other option (turning right and returning to campus via Vattier) requires navigating the busy intersection at 11th and Bluemont. All of this contributes to cyclists on the sidewalks or going the wrong way down Moro.
    3. Anderson between Scenic and Anneberg is in dire need of improvement. There is no paved shoulder, the edge of the roadway is significantly deteriorated, and heavy volumes of traffic whiz by a cyclist’s elbow at 40 MPH.
    4. Stagg Hill Rd also has no shoulder and a deteriorated roadway edge. The Anderson and Stagg Hill situations are unfortunate because they connect to the magnificent new Skyway Dr, which, with its wide shoulders and low traffic volumes, provides a great cycling route to Fort Riley, Junction City, and beyond.
    5. The causeway connecting MHK to K-177 is not bike-friendly in either direction (merging or exiting traffic, debris, drains, and expansion plates), but there’s not much that can be done about it. Painted lane instructions coming into town would be helpful, though, since vehicles exiting to Fort Riley Blvd do not yield to cyclists traveling straight to the intersection with 3rd, forcing the cyclist to “take the lane” or be cut off by right-turning traffic.
    6. All of the above remarks have been about infrastructure, but the video about bike boulevards in Portland makes a crucial point: stop signs and street furniture were altered to provide an advantage to cyclists and to reshape driving habits. I would like to see more of this in MHK. As just one example, the YIELD signs at residential intersections (e.g., 8th and Humboldt) should be replaced with STOP signs.

  16. Wildcat says:

    This is not so much about biking but about the linear trail. Some parts of the trail are concrete and some parts are gravel. I am fine with the gravel portion going from Griffith park and going eastbound. That’s fine. The part that I would really love to be built with concrete is the section from the beginning of the trail near Anderson Avenue or Dairy Queen to the end at Richards Dr. or Four Points by Sheraton. The reason for this is that after a rainstorm or a snowstorm, the trail is nearly impassible because of the mud/west gravel dirt. And it takes days for it to dry out. Biking is atrocious after a rainstorm.

  17. Seth says:

    If we could continue the bike path down Marlatt avenue it would make it so much safer to ride down that road!

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