Welcome to the City of Topeka’s bicycles page! Here you will find information on what the City is doing to be more bicycle friendly, projects that have been implemented, and how you can be involved in biking.
In 2011, the City commissioned a Bikeways study. This was completed in 2012 and adopted by the MTPO. This document guides the City on implementing bikeways infrastructure.
The City of Topeka was selected to be part of KDOT’s Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program for Phases I and II of the Bikeways Master Plan. A local match of 20% is required, and the remaining 80% of the total project cost will be reimbursed by KDOT. Phase I was matched with City funds, and Phase II was matched with privately fundraised money. Read about them here: Phase I Award | Phase II Award
Bike lanes are now striped on SE 25th St at California! The work was done as part of the new Walmart development. This bikeways route will take you to Dornwood Park to the east and to the Landon Trail to the west. The rest of the route on 25th St will be installed in the Spring as part of Phase I.
The first stretch of sharrows has been laid in Topeka! With the completion of the construction on 4th Street Topeka starts its first steps in creating a bicycle network across the City. These sharrows run from Topeka Blvd west to Buchanan. The corresponding east route on 5th Street will have sharrows as well. Sharrows work as guides for bicyclists for a safer place to ride on the street, and help remind motorists to share the road. These sharrows were paid for with private funding from a citizen donor. Learn more about sharrows.
Bike Counts 2015
Thank you to all our volunteers who helped with our Bike/Ped Counts in September! For the second year we had a great turnout again. We appreciate your time and look forward to seeing you for this year’s counts!
To sign up for this year (2015), email Taylor Ricketts. Please indicate which time you would like to help, and if you will need the 45 minute training.
The Sessions this year will be:
- Wednesday, September 16th, 10:00 am – noon, or 5:00pm – 7:00 pm
- Saturday, September 19th, Noon – 2:00 pm
- Rain Dates: Thursday, September 17th and Saturday, September 26th
Training and informational Sessions will be held at the Cyrus K. Holliday Bldg., 620 SE Madison Holliday Conference Room. on:
- Tuesday September 8th, 2015, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
2013 Bike Count Report
In 2011, Governor Brownback signed into law the “3-Foot to Pass” rule, stating that motorists must give 3-ft of space when passing a bicyclist.
- Wear a helmet
- Wear reflective gear
- White light on front, red light on back
- Ride with the flow of traffic
- Follow all road/vehicle rules
- Don’t assume a car has seen you