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KDOT Looking for Safe, Scenic Bike Routes in Kansas

(Flickr Photo by Gene Bisbee)

Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King says his agency is working to find safe, scenic roads for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The department is looking for alternative roads that are better for bikes, and considering improvements to make them more bike-friendly.

"We look at what would make a good ride, what would be a good be a good scenic location and we're looking at adding width to those locations," he says. 

King says there are state roads in Kansas that bicyclists may best avoid and leave to car and truck traffic.

His comments follow the death of 66-year-old Cal Melick last week in rural Douglas County.

Melick was a librarian at Washburn University.

His bicycle was struck head-on by a truck trying to pass another vehicle.