City of Wichita officials will hold a ribbon-cutting event for the 1st and 2nd Street Bike Lanes at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Old Town Plaza. Specifically, the event will be at the northwest corner of 1st Street and Mead Street.
Council members and stakeholders are scheduled to attend including representatives of the Wichita Downtown Development Corp. and the Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita.
The 1st and 2nd Street Bike Lanes Phase II project installed approximately 3.7 miles of bike lanes and shared lane markings. The project
provides a transportation connection to and through downtown. It also connects to the existing 1st and 2nd Street Bike Lanes at I-135, resulting in a cross-town bikeway from Delano to Crown Heights.
The bike lanes intersect with the Arkansas River Paths, I-135 Path, Schweiter Bikeway. The construction of the 1st and 2nd Street Bike Lanes help implement the Wichita Bicycle Master Plan and Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita.
Preceding the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a reception is scheduled to recognize the City of Wichita as the recipient of the Kansas Public Health Association’s Award - 2015 Public Health Policy Maker of the Year. The reception is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, 350 W. Douglas Avenue. Bike Walk Wichita, the Health Alliance, and the Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita are hosting the reception. The event includes comments by the Mayor and light refreshments will be served.
Following the reception, stakeholders may ride bicycles to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The route will travel along Waco Avenue, 1st Street and Mead Street.