Bicycle & Pedestrian Systems Plan

Draft Plan available for review!

You can view the draft Bicycle & Pedestrian Systems Plan here

A companion "toolkit" for staff use, the Manhattan Mobility Manual (3M), can be viewed here

The BPAC reviewed the draft on 10/18. The Planning Board reviewed the draft on 10/21. We held a public open house on Wednesday, 10/23. The Parks & Recreation Advisory Board accepted the plan at its Jan. 6 meeting. The City Commission reviewed the draft at a work session on Jan. 14. 

The Planning Board will consider the plan for adoption at its meeting on Feb. 3 at 7:00 p.m., after which the City Commission will consider the plan for adoption. That meeting date is Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m.


The City of Manhattan, in partnership with the Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), has developed a new plan for walking and biking in Manhattan. The Bicycle & Pedestrian Systems Plan (Systems Plan) will provide a 20-year vision to expand and enhance the community’s biking and walking infrastructure, and will accomplish the following...

  • Develop a common vision for walking and biking in Manhattan that encompasses the needs of all ages and abilities
  • Build on previous local planning and engagement efforts
  • Build capacity to support safe walking and biking in Manhattan
  • Promote and energize a culture of walking and biking
  • Identify walking and biking route improvements
  • Develop priorities to invest in walking and biking infrastructure
  • Create guidance and provide tools for implementation

The City and MPO selected a consulting team including Alta Planning + Design, Shockey Consulting, and CFS Engineers to assist with the process. The project is funded in part by a federal grant, administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). The Systems Plan will replace the City’s 1999 Bicycle Master Plan. 

Here’s more information about the process and why walking and biking is important!

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Below is the interactive map for the Systems Plan where you can check out our existing system and make comments for ways to improve it! You may also launch the full screen map here. Comments will be taken through November 3rd, when the public comment period for the draft Systems Plan closes.

Community Engagement

Community engagement will play an integral role in the decision-making process for the Systems Plan. The City of Manhattan and Flint Hills MPO will work in conjunction with the consultant team to engage residents, business owners, and other community stakeholders throughout the planning process. Community members will have the opportunity to: review the draft Systems Plan vision and goals; help identify infrastructure needs, opportunities, and priorities; and provide feedback on draft recommendations. Links to online engagement and details about community workshops will be here as information is available.

Our First Demonstration Project:

On April 23rd and 24th we ran a demonstration project at the intersection of North Manhattan Avenue and Fremont Street to test the use of curb extensions at this site.  This project was low cost and was put up in a matter of hours.  We had a tent on site and asked for feedback from pedestrians during both of the two days.  The results of this project were positive and more demonstration projects are to follow in other locations around Manhattan.  These demonstrations are a fast and inexpensive way to get feedback before implementing permanent solutions.

Demonstration Project #1

A full view of our project.
We were out early to measure the site and get ready to assemble the project.
Taping the boundary of the project.
Painting the road to reducing pedestrian crossing distance.
We put up vertical delineators for extra safety.
Our crew worked quickly to paint the crosswalks.
Pedestrians cross more easily at our project site.
We get feedback from pedestrians.
We got feedback from the community to help our projects moving forward.
Getting as much feedback as we can.
These projects keep pedestrians safe and comfortable.
Even the largest vehicles did not struggle with our adjustments.


Below is the general timeline for the project.ManhattanBPSP_SystemsPlan_Timeline_2019_0320_DRAFT

Steering Committee

A Steering Committee has been convened to provide guidance at key points during the planning process. The Steering Committee is a working group representing the diverse interests of the community that will guide the decision-making and planning process.

The Steering Committee consists of individuals who:

  • Have a pulse on a variety of issues the community faces
  • Consider the interests of others and all sides of each issue
  • Think futuristically, strategically, and holistically about the entire community
  • Could potentially lead the community during implementation

Through a series of meetings, the Steering Committee will:

  • Draft a vision, goals, and guiding principles for the planning process
  • Shape decision-making criteria
  • Listen to and represent the community
  • Come to a consensus around the recommended plan for Manhattan
  • Attend the final meeting where the plan is presented to the City Commission