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Apr
2020
11

KDOT: Public Transportation

Speakers from Transit Day at the Capitol 2019

(clockwise from top) Chris Herrick, Division Director, KDOT; Anne Smith, Executive Director, Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency and Chair of the Kansas Public Transit Association; Sen. Mike Petersen, Chair of Senate Transportation Committee; and Rep. Richard Proehl, Chair of House Transportation Committee were all speakers at this year’s Transit Day at the Capitol.  Please see the link, below, to hear their remarks on how transit and paratransit services support Kansas’ economy, job market, access to education, and increased health outcomes.


KDOT administers public transportation programs funded by the Federal Transit Administration and the State of Kansas. Both the federal and state programs are designed to meet the transportation needs of elderly persons, persons with disabilities, and the general public. KDOT currently supports approximately 145 transit programs covering most of the state’s 105 counties.

8-30-19: Public Transit Call for Projects

The Kansas Department of Transportation issued a call for projects on August 30, 2019 for the Access, Innovation and Collaboration program. Applications are due December 18, 2019. For more program information and details, please download the Access, Innovation and Collaboration program flyer. 

2019 Access, Innovation and Collaboration Application Form

VIDEO: Transit Day at the Capitol 2019

We have created a short video that covers this year’s event, including remarks from all the guest speakers.  Feel free to share this link with your employees, networks, and governing bodies to illustrate how important public transit is to Kansans of every age and ability.

VIDEO:  Getting Everyone to Everywhere video now available

We’re very pleased to release the video that I showed at the Transit presentation for the Legislative Task Force.  Thanks to KU-RTAP, OCCK, Flint Hills aTa Bus, and Nemaha County for being a huge part of what made the final video so excellent, and so well-received by the Task Force and everyone at KDOT.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4whYW0QIxo&feature=em-share_video_user

 

 


Mar
2020
31

KDOT: Bicycle Safety

 

                

           
        
                   

In Kansas, bicyclists are required to follow the same    rules of the road as motorists.  Please ride safely, be courteous to other    roadway users, and abide by all Kansas traffic laws.  Always ride a well-maintained    bicycle and know your riding limitations.  You should be able to ride comfortably    with minimal strain at least half of the total distance planned to be covered    each day of your tour.

   

     

Helmets:  Bicyclists are strongly encouraged to wear American National Standards Institute   (ANSI), or the American Society for Testing and Materials  (ASTM), or Snell Memorial Foundation  (Snell) approved helmets at all times.

Paved Shoulders:  Bicyclists are strongly encouraged to ride on paved shoulders which are equal to or greater than three feet in width whenever they are available.

Ride to the Right, With Traffic:  Ride with normal traffic flow and ride to the right side of the roadway.  If lane width allows, stay within two feet from the curb or roadway edge which will allow you maneuvering space to avoid debris or potholes.  Lane markings are for your safety and benefit.
     
Be Predictable:  Do not surprise a motorist, pedestrian or other bicyclist.  Hold your line.  Act predictably and avoid sudden movements.  Do not show off by stunting or weaving in traffic.

Group Riding:  Ride in single file on the right side of the roadway.  Avoid overlapping wheels.

Use Arm Signals:  Signaling intentions is essential to let motorists and riding companions know what you are about to do.

   
                                

           
Left, Right, and Stop Arm Signals

       

           

  Arm Signals

       

   
   

Pedestrians:  Remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way.

Be Easily Seen:  Wear brightly colored  clothing and have reflectors on your bicycle. When riding after dusk,  the bicycle must be equipped with a white light visible  at least 500 feet ahead and have a reflector visible at least 500 feet to the rear.  A flag is useful in increasing your visibility on rural roads.
   

Child Carriers:  Carriers must offer the child protection from rear wheel spokes and a strap to secure the child.

Railroad Tracks:  Stop within 15 feet of railroad crossings.  Cross railroad tracks at right angles. Trains always have the right-of-way.

Other Important Safety Tips:  Be extra careful at intersections, listen for overtaking vehicles, brake carefully in wet weather or on slippery surfaces, load your bicycle correctly, drink and eat properly, and be careful of dogs and other animals.

RIDE DEFENSIVELY:
MAINTAIN A SAFETY FIRST ATTITUDE.  IN A CRASH, WHETHER YOUR FAULT OR NOT YOUR FAULT YOU LOSE.    USE ALL YOUR ABILITIES TO PROTECT YOURSELF.

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