City-Wide Pedestrian Plans & Policies

Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO) Move 2040

The MOVE 2040 Plan is the WAMPO region's long-range transportation plan. It identifies regional transportation goals and performance measures. The MOVE 2040 is very important for the region because it allows local jurisdictions access to federal transportation funds. The plan includes an Eligible for Funding List of transportation projects that will receive federal funds through 2040. Projects move from the planning list to the Transportation Improvement Project (TIP ) list for implementation.

WAMPO Regional Pathways System Plan

The WAMPO Pathways Plan provides an assessment of existing bicycle/pedestrian facilities and identifies, prioritizes, and recommends future connecting links for bicycle/pedestrian use within the WAMPO planning area including the City of Wichita. The plan incorporates recommendations from the WAMPO Metropolitan Transportation Plan 2035. It also recommends the use of the AASHTO Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities as the region's pedestrian guidelines and standards and calls out the accommodation of pedestrians in all public and private projects.

To further cater the AASHTO guidelines to the region, the plan structures recommendations by defining four pedestrian environments: intolerant, tolerant, supportive, and pedestrian places, and provides specific guidelines and strategies for each environment. The plan includes additional non-infrastructural recommendations. Benchmarks are established for monitoring mode split.

WAMPO Safe Routes to School Plan

This plan includes an action plan that identifies issues that impact student travel behavior within the WAMPO area and suggests actions to address the issues. The plan also lays out a phased approach to funding the SRTS program from the State of Kansas and other sources. The planning process included a survey and stakeholder meetings.

The survey provided some valuable information related to the obstacles to walking to school. The survey found that the following factors limit children from walking to school: distance (46%), traffic volume (43%), Traffic speed (41%), intersection safety (35%), perceived personal safety issues (35%), weather (35%) and inadequate sidewalks (28%). In 2008 45% of school children lived within 1/4-mile of school and 21% lived within 1/2 to 2 miles. This information could help set a benchmark target for the number of children who walk to school. Another finding was that 50% of children want to walk to school but programming and school support is limited. The plan identifies 3rd to 6th graders as the best age groups to focus SRTS programming on.

WAMPO Safety Plan

The WAMPO Safety Plan (2010) is guided by the timeline and goals identified in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan 2035. It addresses how safety in the region can be improved and the number of road crashes reduced. It provides information about the type of crashes, how they occurred, and where they were located. This can be useful information to identify areas that need special attention when planning for pedestrian accommodation. This information should be used for benchmarking purposes toward reaching specific safety targets related to pedestrian safety.