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00000179-cdc6-d978-adfd-cfc6d7860000It’s Bike Month, and KMUW is celebrating all things bicycle.

Tips for Biking in Wichita

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Friday is National Bike to Work Day! There will be several spots in Wichita where you can grab a free breakfast or lunch by bicycle. Find that information here.

But, if you’re kind of new to biking for transportation, here are a few quick tips for riding in Wichita:

  • Wear a helmet! It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does have to fit.
  • You can ride on the sidewalk in Wichita—even downtown--but you must give the right-of-way to pedestrians.
  • When you’re riding on the road, you’re subject to all the traffic rules that cars are.
  • Try to stay to the right of the roadway to help with traffic flow…
  • HOWEVER, you can scoot over a bit to stay away from parked cars on the street. Give them three to four feet of clearance to avoid DOORS.
  • Be sure to use hand signals to let other vehicles know where you’re going and always try to make EYE CONTACT with other motorists.
  • When you’re riding at night, you need at least a lamp on the front of your bike and a red reflector on back, though you can add more, of course!
  • You can listen to tunes at home, but not on your earbuds while biking. Use your ears to listen for traffic!
  • Download and print a bike map from the city of Wichita’s website, or be tech savvy and download a copy to keep on your phone.

Here's a page with direct links to all the different city bike maps.

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