Active Neighborhoods Intro Resources

Active Neighborhoods

Resources

Find all resources that involve many aspects of keeping Hutchinson’s community active and engaged. We have everything from trail maps, biking safety, master plans and much more.

Download Hutch Bike/Walk Map

Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan

Over the next few years, we’re looking to create bike boulevards, expand our trail system, and create safe crossings for busy streets.

Resources & Tips

Biking & Walking Safety

  • Walking
    Safety Tips
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    Walking Safety Tips:
    • Cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection whenever possible.
    • Don’t rely solely on pedestrian signals. Always look before you cross the road.
    At night:
    • Increase your visibility by carrying a flashlight, wearing light colors and reflective clothing.
    • If possible, have a walking partner and only use well-lit walking paths
    • It is safest to walk on a sidewalk or trail, but if one is not available, walk on the shoulder facing traffic.
  • Biking
    Safety Tips
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    General Tips for Biking:
    • Ride with the flow of traffic
    • Use hand signals when turning and stopping
    • Obey traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. Yield to traffic when appropriate, including pedestrians.
    • When possible, ride in the bike lane, bike route, paved shoulder, or trail.
    Biking at Night:
    • Use headlights, tail lights and reflectors
    • Wear light colored and reflective clothing
    • Try to be predictable and visible to drivers
    • Keep a careful eye out for turning traffic at every intersection and driveway
    • Always wear a helmet and never ride with headphones
    • Practice defensive biking
    Bike 101:

    The American League of Bicyclists has a great series of videos on smart cycling. Here are links to a few to get you started:

  • Driving
    Safety Tips
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    Be alert and watch for pedestrians and bicyclists at all times
    • Avoid using cell phones and other distractions while driving
    Be responsible: yield to pedestrians at crossings and give bicyclists room
    • Yield to pedestrians when making a right or left turns at intersections
    • Treat bicyclists like slow cars: do not tailgate and wait until traffic conditions allow you to pass safely with at least 3 feet of space between vehicle and bike.
    Be patient: drive the speed limit and avoid agressive maneuvers
    • Never pass or overtake a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians
    • Novice riders and children can be unpredictable; expect the unexpected

    More Driving Safety Tips