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Kansas Bicycle Guide

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 Bicycle Guide

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 Bicycling in Kansas

  We at the Kansas Department of Transportation are pleased to welcome you to Kansas and express our pleasure that you have included Kansas in your bicycle travel plans.  Kansas offers much variety in the richness of its heritage, landscape, cultural attractions and recreational resources.  It is a place of living history.  John Brown, Wyatt Earp, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Amelia Earhart are just a few of the names in our state's colorful past.  For bicyclists, Kansas is well known for its scenic vistas whose panoramas slowly unfold during your rides.  So take some time to linger in Kansas during your bicycle tour.  You will find Kansans eager to make your stay a pleasant one.
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 Bicycle Route Information

  It is strongly suggested that only those experienced bicyclists defined as being 16 years or older, having a valid driver's license and having several years of bicycling experience should ride on the Kansas State Highway System without an experinced adult riding partner.  Novice adults and younger bicyclists are encouraged to begin using off-road trails and gain skills in a bicycle-only environment.  After gaining experience, bicyclists may then choose to ride on segments of the Kansas State Highway System that they are comfortable with based on the criteria shown on this map.  Bicyclists crossing the entire state are encouraged to use the "suggested cross state routes."

  This map of the Kansas State Highway System shows ranges of daily traffic volume and the availability of paved shoulders, three feet wide or greater.  This information is intended to assist experienced bicyclists in selecting a route based on their preferences for bicycling either on the highway or on the shoulder.  Bicyclists should also be advised that speed limits are 70 mph on most four-lane divided state highways.  Cross state bicycle routes were identified based on the frequency of sections along the routes which have paved shoulders and low/moderate traffic volumes.


  Any inclusion of a suggested route on this map does not certify it to be a safe bicycle route.  The Kansas State Highway System was not designed for bicycle touring and has no special provisions for bicyclists.  Bicyclists using this map assume the risk for their own safety when bicycling on the routes indicated on this map.
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 Bicycle Safety & Etiquette

  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 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.  Arm Signals to use are left, right, slow, and stop.

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 500 feet ahead and have a reflector visible at least 500 feet to 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.

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Last updated on 11/26/07