Wichita drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users are the focus of a “complete streets” workshop announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The City of Wichita is among 32 communities in 26 states chosen by EPA for one-day workshops that will provide assistance on projects aimed at developing local sustainability strategies.
In consultation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), EPA selected the 32 communities through a competitive process. The city of Wichita applied for technical assistance in the “complete streets” category that is a component of the Sustainable Communities Building Blocks program.
In 2009, Wichita Council members and community leaders held the first workshop and discussions on “complete streets” concepts initiated and provided by the Wichita Health and Wellness Coalition. The concepts were subsequently incorporated into the Downtown Master Plan.
“Complete streets” communities direct their transportation planners and engineers to create safe access for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation. Every transportation project will make the street network better and safer for drivers, transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
The next workshop will be a day-long session to develop these concepts to fit Wichita interests. Participants will expand their general knowledge of street planning, identifying broad action steps for citywide improvements.
More information is available at Sustainable Communities Building Blocks and HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities.
For more information, contact Kay Johnson, City of Wichita Environmental Initiatives Manager, 268-4251, KJohnson@wichita.gov.