Kansas Transportation and Health Resources

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The transportation system can support community health by:

  • Increasing physical activity through walking and bicycling
  • Providing transportation options to residents living in rural and frontier communities
  • Supporting economic development by attracting residents, new businesses, and tourists
  • Increasing accessibility to a community for persons of all ages and abilities
  • Conserving natural resources and the environment by improving air quality and reducing air pollution from motor vehicle use
  • Creating connections both within and beyond a community
  • Enhancing and promote community vitality

These resources can be used by local governments, planning commissions and departments; walking and bicycling advocates; neighborhood groups; and others seeking to create a transportation system that responds to the needs of communities across Kansas.


Rural road

Rural Transportation: Unique Considerations (2019)

This resource provides an overview of unique considerations for rural transportation systems, with a focus on communities in Kansas. It highlights distinct challenges and opportunities facing transportation networks in rural areas, and outlines opportunities for the development and improvement of these networks.

Kansas Complete Streets and Active Transportation Policies

Complete Streets programs help promote more active lifestyles, such as encouraging children to walk to school and seniors and people with disabilities to lead more active and independent lives. This is a collection of a number of those policies from the state of Kansas.

Biking and walking

Policy Options for Local Governments in Kansas: Increasing Walking and Bicycling

Local governments play a pivotal role in ensuring that communities have a viable transportation and recreation system that supports walking and bicycling through local policy initiatives. Under Kansas law, local governments have the authority to implement a variety of policy levers to increase opportunities for bicycling and walking and to improve health within their communities. This resource describes different types of policies that local governments can use to increase bicycling and walking within their communities.


Sidewalks in Kansas (2016)

Sidewalks are designed to support the health of pedestrians by promoting physical activity through active transportation and recreation. Therefore, it is important to construct and maintain sidewalks in a way that supports accessible, safe, and efficient travel for pedestrians of all ages and abilities. This resource provides an overview of Kansas laws impacting the responsibilities of both property owners and local city and county governments in Kansas pertaining to local sidewalks so that pedestrians, particularly pedestrians with disabilities, can safely travel throughout their community and access community resources.

Railroad property

Using Railroad Property for Community Trails (2014)

Converting railroad property to non-motorized trails provides opportunities to encourage and expand walking, bicycling, and other forms of physical activity.

Differences Between Active Transportation and Recreation Facilities in Kansas

Bicyclists and pedestrians use many different facilities for transportation and recreation in Kansas.  Understanding the difference between recreation and transportation can help bicyclists and pedestrians access available resources to promote walking and bicycling.

Bike on road

Using Kansas Roads & Sidewalks for Active Transportation (2014)

Bicyclists and pedestrians use roads and sidewalks for active transportation.  Understanding how Kansas laws and traffic regulations impact bicyclists and pedestrians on roads and sidewalks is critical to ensure the safety of these users.

Trail courtesy

Using Kansas Trails & Shared-Use Paths (2014)

Bicyclists and pedestrians use trails and shared-use paths for both recreation and active transportation in Kansas. Understanding how Kansas laws impact bicyclists and pedestrians on trails and paths can support the use of these facilities and promote healthy, active lifestyles.