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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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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
The American League of Bicyclists has a great series of videos on smart cycling. Here are links to a few to get you started:
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
- Heal Reno County
- Vitality Team of Reno County Facebook Page
- Walk Score – discover the most walkable areas of Hutchinson
- Keep Kids Fit
- Alliance for Biking & Walking
- People for Bikes
- KDOT Bicycle & Pedestrian Guide
- Kansas Cycling Association
- Kansas Cyclist
- Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center
- League of American Bicyclists
- Rails to Trails Conservancy
- The National Center for Bicycling & Walking
- Walk Kansas
- Safe Routes to School
- Get Outdoors Kansas
- National Institute on Aging – Exercise & Physical Activity
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Physical Activity