Active Neighborhoods Resources 2

Vitality

Who We Are

The Vitality Team of Reno County promotes active lifestyles by working with policymakers to increase and improve the physical and built environment, including trails, sidewalks, public transit, parks, and other community resources. Anyone in the community may join the Vitality Team, there are no special requirements or dues.

The Vitality Team helps coordinate several annual events such as the Sand Plum Bicycle Classic and the Trail & Treat 3k. Proceeds from these events go to the Friends of the Trail Fund. Second Saturday cycles is also organized by Vitality Team. This is a free group ride during late Spring and Summer months that leaves each second Saturday morning from DCI Park.

Get Involved with the Vitality Team

Vitality Team of Reno County meets the first Wednesday of the month at noon at Hutch Rec’s Downtown Office. You can also sign up to receive meeting agendas and minutes from the Vitality Team.

Initiatives & How To Get Involved

Getting involved or showing support for biking and walking in the Hutchinson area can be as easy as using a hashtag on your favorite social media site. The next time you are out and about, whether it is on foot or bike, simply post a picture or status using the phrase #bikewalkhutch. This helps to quantify the number of people utilizing biking and walking routes, paths, sidewalks and trails in our area. So post those pictures and use the hashtag!

Find current initiatives to get involved. Choose an initiative to learn more.

  • Vitality Team
    About:
    • Vitality Team is a group of engaged citizens passionate about walking, running, biking and/or trails in the Hutchinson area. Anyone in the community may join the Vitality Team, there are no special requirements or dues.
    • The Vitality Team helps coordinate several annual events such as the Sand Plum Bicycle Classic and the Trail & Treat 3k. Proceeds from these events go to the Friends of the Trail Fund to help pay for area trail amenities.
    • Currently Vitality Team meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 12 noon at Hutch Rec, 17 E 1st, Hutchinson.

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  • Second Saturday Cycles
    Organized by the Vitality Team; just show up with your bike, helmet and a water! Round trip leaves each second Saturday at 7:30am sharp from DCI Park at 2nd & Main.
    2016 Dates:
    • May 14 – bike to Pleasantview
    • June 11 – bike to Yoder
    • July 9 – bike to Nickerson
    • August 20 – bike to Buhler
  • Hutchinson Area Bicyclists

    Every Monday in spring and summer, anybody is welcome to meet at the Dillons Marketplace trailhead at 6:15 p.m. and ride to Medora (about 20 miles round trip).

    Visit the Hutchinson Area Bicyclists Facebook page for more information.

  • Salt City Striders

    The Salt City Striders is a group of runners who welcome anyone who has a love for running and a willingness to participate one way or another. They meet monthly for a run and have other annual events. See their website for more details.

  • Donate to the Cause

    The Friends of the Trail Fund supports trail development in Reno County and provides trail amenities such as signage, trees, water fountains, benches, and waste baskets. The fund is advised by the Reno County Vitality Team

    To Donate:
    Send your check, payable to the Hutchinson Community Foundation, to PO Box 298, Hutchinson, KS 67504-0298. Be sure to note which fund(s) you want to support.

    Contact Hutchinson Community Foundation for more information.

  • Hold a Walk or Bike Audit in your Neighborhood

    Walk and bike audits are great tools to establish a baseline measure when trying to identify strengths and weaknesses present in the community. The assessment can be used to show community planners and leaders where improvements can be made and what is currently working well. Performing a walk or bike audit can be as easy as printing a map of the area you want to look at and noting the exact location there are problems on the routes (i.e. cracks in the sidewalks, crumbling areas, shifting sections, lack of curb cuts/ramps, etc.). The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has walk and bike audits that are very easy to use and can be found here.