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Monday, April 17, 2017

As the weather draws more of us outside, and we make plans for road trips and recreational activities, please remember to travel safely.
 
Calls Kill
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but when you are the one distracted, you often don't realize that driver is you.

New technology in vehicles is causing many  of us to become more distracted behind the wheel than ever before. 

According to the National Safety Council, 53% of drivers believe that if manufacturers put "infotainment" dashboards and hands-free technology in vehicles, they must be safe.  With some state laws focusing on handheld bans, many drivers honestly believe they are making the safe choice by using a hands-free device.

However, the fact is that these technologies distract our brains even long after you've used them.  Make no mistake: This multitasking technology is about convenience, not safety.

Visit the National Safety Council website by clicking HERE to learn more about what you can do.  
 
AARP Study

In 2014, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) commissioned the "Livable Communities Survey" in Wichita, Kansas.  This survey targeted adults ages 50 and over.  The purpose of the survey was to collect data to help decision makers encourage livable communities that would allow its residents to age-in-place as well as to foster residents' engagement in their community's civic, economic, and social life.

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According to Andrea Bozarth, Associate State Director of the Kansas AARP, public transportation and walkable communities promote aging-in-place because they provide options to maintain mobility in one's community.   Here is a brief summary of some of the priority findings and the associated respondent percentages: 

  • Easy to read traffic signs (90% felt this was important)
  • Well-maintained streets (90%)

  • Well-lit streets (89%)

  • More than eight in ten reported that transportation for the disabled, enforced speed limits, and adequate public parking are important. 

 

Click HERE to review the full results of the survey report.

2017 WAMPO Regional Transportation Profile
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The updated Regional Transportation Profile is now available! 

This document provides an updated inventory of the existing transportation infrastructure and capital assets. The profile also highlights all modes of transportation as well as regional information about the movement of people and goods.

Check it out by clicking HERE



Regional Highlight
Bike Shed Program

Just in time for National Bike Month in May, WAMPO is highlighting some of our community partners who are making a difference. 

Meet Geoffrey Kisch, President of Bike Walk Wichita and  volunteer at the Wichita Children's Home Opportunity Zone

Opportunity Zone or "O.Z."  is located at 1157 N. Emporia in Wichita and exclusively serves youth who are homeless or in crisis.  With over 460 homeless teens estimated in just the Wichita area alone, O.Z. is a valuable resource to the community providing teens with access to food, hygiene supplies, clothing, showers, laundry, computers and most importantly, a safe place.

Geoff Kisch
When I first sat down with the Wichita Children's Home staff to discuss their vision for the bike shed program they challenged me in two very different ways. The first was increasing my awareness that a bicycle meant independence for their youth, so that they could get where they needed without having to rely on someone that might expect an illegal or illicit favor in return, and that riding a bike was safer than having to walk through some parts of town where they are harassed or propositioned. 

The second was a bit of a personal challenge, for me to model to the teens that a bicycle really could be used as viable year round transportation. And so for the last year and a half I have ditched my car and been using my bike to get around, regardless of the weather. I think it has been noticed by the youth, but it has also given me better insight into using a bicycle as transportation in Wichita, and the challenges of doing so safely and efficiently.   -Geoff Kisch
 
Since then, Geoff has worked together with staff to create an earn-a-bike program featuring a popular bike shed full of bicycles and equipment. Over the past year and a half 27 teens have earned bicycles from this shed.  Earning bicycles requires that the teens work alongside bike shed volunteers to learn basic bicycle maintenance skills, safe riding habits, and bike related laws.  
Teens listen as Geoff talks safety

O.Z. staff report that unlike other local teens who use their bikes for primarily recreational purposes, O.Z. teens rely on their bicycles as a primary mode of travel to school, work, and other resource centers.  

To learn more about the Bike Shed Program at O.Z. please contact, Geoff Kisch at geoff@bikewalkwichita.org or to learn more about the O.Z. program visit https://wch.org/services/street-outreach#opportunity-zone


Bicycle
  
May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast.
 
Whether you are new to biking or you ride everyday, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons people ride.
 
Check out some of the cool things happening in the region:
  • Bike Month Proclamations:
May 2nd: City of Wichita at 9:00am, 455 North Main, 1st floor, Wichita
May 3rd: Sedgwick County at 9:00am, 525 North Main, 3rd floor, Wichita
  • May 4th: Bike Share Ribbon Cutting, stay tuned for more details.
  • May 10th: Bike to School Day

See below links to learn more about other local Bike Month events and activities:

Just can't wait until May? 
 
Check out the 4th Annual Bike Beautiful Event  on April 20, 2017 at the Distiller 244 Old Town.
Bike Beautiful 2015 Highlights
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Ozone Season
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As we enter into the warmer months the WAMPO region will be at an increased risk for exceeding safe ozone levels. Ozone levels that become too high have the potential to put our local environment and health at risk.
 
Cars are the main source of nitrogen oxides that create ozone.  Despite this, there are some simple things that you can do that can positively impact our ozone levels.
  • Fill up your gas tank after 6 p.m.
  • Turn your car off instead of idling while stopped
  • Mow you lawn after 6 p.m.
  • Avoid lighter fluid when grilling.  Instead use a charcoal chimney or electric starter to light your coals. 

For more information check out these other great resources:



 
Up Coming Opportunities
    
Amendment #2
 
A public review and comment period is now open for the 2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment #2. 
 
 To review the project changes check our new web-based Project Tracker!  Just click on the "Amendment" tab and then select "Draft Project List" on the tracker site.  Click HERE to view the Project Tracker. 

Comments will be accepted until Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 5:00 PM.
 
Want to learn more about the TIP Amendment #2 in person? 
 
  •  Join us at the WAMPO Transportation Advisory Committee at 10:00 AM on April 24, 2017. 
  • A public hearing on this amendment will also be held at 3:00 PM on May 9, 2017 during the regularly scheduled Transportation Policy Body meeting.  
Please submit questions and comments to Jason O'Brien at jaobrien@wichita.gov or call 316-352-4861.  Comments will be accepted until Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 5:00 PM. 
  
 
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A public review and comment period is now open for a newly proposed Planning Walkable Places Program. To review the program summary draft click HERE.  
 
Want to learn more about the proposed program? 
  • Join us at the WAMPO Transportation Advisory Committee at 10:00 AM on April 24, 2017. 
  • The WAMPO Transportation Policy Body is scheduled to make a decision on this program at 3:00 PM on May 9, 2017 during their regularly scheduled public meeting.
Please submit questions and comments to either Kristen Zimmerman at kzimmerman@wichita.gov (316-352-4862) or to Jason O'Brien at jaobrien@wichita.gov (316-352-4861).  Comments will be accepted until Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 5:00 PM.
 
All of the above mentioned meetings are open to the public and
scheduled to be held in the second floor conference room at
271 W. 3rd Street, Suite 208, Wichita, KS 67202. 
 
 
5310 Program Call for Projects
 
WAMPO has released a call for projects for the 5310 program. 
 
 The intent of the 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities program is to improve mobility for seniors and people with disabilities by providing financial support, through programs planned, designed, and carried out to meet the transportation needs of these populations.
 
or contact Tricia Thomas at tthomas@wichita.gov or call 316-352-4860.

 
Upcoming Meetings

The general public, WAMPO partners, and stakeholders are welcome to join us at any of our upcoming regularly scheduled meetings.  Can't make it in person?  Check out the video section of our website by clicking HERE .
  
Transportation Policy Body (TPB)
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
The TPB develops, implements and approves WAMPO's transportation plans. As the regional forum for transportation planning, the TPB helps to establish a vision for the future of our transportation system.  The following is a listing of upcoming TPB meetings:
 
271 W. 3rd Street - 2nd Floor,
Wichita, KS 67202 at 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017
  • Tuesday, June 13, 2017
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The TAC reviews technical information about transportation studies and issues as well as providing the TPB with their professional recommendations on documents, plans, and activities. The following is a listing of upcoming TAC meetings:
 
271 W. 3rd Street - 2nd Floor,
Wichita, KS 67202 at 10:00 am
  • Monday, April 24, 2017
  •  Monday, May 22, 2017
  • Monday, June 26, 2017
  • Monday, July 24, 2017

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Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
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316.268.4315 - wampo@wichita.gov  - www.wampo.org
  
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