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Old 12-17-08, 06:11 PM   #1
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Commuting in Wichita Kansas

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I'm considering a move from Albuquerque to Wichita. I have visited twice, but didn't get to drive around during daylight hours.

I'd like to bike commute from Learjet to teh Maize area (I think the neighborhood's nice). Which routes would locals take on this route? Note: I prefer wide shouldered roads and/or bike lanes.... everything I've seen on Google maps doesn't work for me...

Sure is flat there.
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The city of Maize or the general area along Maize Rd? There is a bike path that starts in the city of Maize and joins up with the Wichita bike path that goes along 21st St. Maize Rd or Tyler Rd which you would use to get to Learjet are both 4 lanes with a decent amount of traffic (no shoulders), it would depend on what time you had to go to work, how comfortable you are riding in traffic, or you could plan out a route snaking through all the subdivisions in the area. It's not that long of a distance either way. In general, all the areas in that part of town are decent to nicer subdivisions, you could find a nice place very close to Learjet, just depends if you want a brand new house or not.
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Thanks for the quick response. I'm not too sure about exact details, as I haven't located a house yet, but my wife has decided to live in the town of Maize, so I'll probably live there too.

I'll work typical engineering hours (sorta like banker's hours, I suppose), so 8:30ish to 4:30ish. I know traffic is pretty light in Wichita, but if at all possible, I'd like to avoid shoulder-less 4 lane roads.

I'll probably just drive into work for a few weeks until I establish a routine, all the while, I'll scope out the various routes.

I don't suppose you know a bike commuting Lear employee? I'd like to know how bike friendly it is at the Flight Test Center.

Thanks again.
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Oh, one more question: The Wichita propaganda I've received indicates that bikes require a license. Please tell me this isn't enforced.
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I've never heard of anyone getting hassled for not having a license, only riding without lights at night. If you're going to live in Maize you could take the bike path to Wichita and then do something like http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=1+Learjet+Way,+Wichita,+KS+67209+(Bombardier+Aerospace:+One+Learjet+Way)&daddr=37.693 601,-97.457743+to:Chipper+Ln+to:N+Valleyview+St+to:West+21st+St+N+%26+N+Maize+Rd,+Wichita,+KS&hl=en&geoco de=FXLAPgIdRTcx-iH2MZNaWDxr2g%3B%3BFR5UPwIdX-cw-g%3BFcyXPwIdBu0w-g%3B&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=14&via=1,2,3&dirflg=w&sll=37.687149,-97.445555&sspn=0.035456,0.077248&ie=UTF8&ll=37.675397,-97.439718&spn=0.141846,0.30899&z=12 this. Wow what a link. And don't know anyone at Learjet.
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Old 12-17-08, 10:40 PM   #6
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I used to live in Wichita. I commuted some and tried to spend time on a road bike. 5th windiest city in the nation the say. It seemed true to me, out on the roads, always seemed to be a head wind. I don't know about the specific route but if you stay off the "flyover"=Kellog It is pretty easy to cross town and run errands.
It sound like Ontologik has it figured out for you. Best of luck.
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Thanks ontologik & ebr898. I completely forgot Google can plot walking routes as well as driving routes. Good information.
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