Kanis Park Sharrows Infrastructure Request

Public Works is currently taking requests from residents for infrastructure projects for the 2019-2021.  I have been approached from several people who are interested in projects that would make Little Rock a better place for bicycle and pedestrian modes of transportation but who are not familiar enough with current BikePed challenges and opportunities to make a meaningful request.  It is in that spirit that I share with you this and other ideas.  Unless Little Rock residents fill out an infrastructure request form for this idea, it will not be considered for the 2019-2021 funds.  The demand for each idea is measured, in part, by the number of residents requesting an idea.  Support from local organizations, businesses, and neighborhood associations can also help increase the likelihood that a project is selected for implementation.  Requests are due by September 30, 2017.

The sole benefit of this project is to help Midline users navigate from the Rodney Parham/Mississippi Crossing through Kanis Park to the Kanis-Boyle Connection.  While a north-south trail connection through Kanis Park would ultimately be ideal for wayfinding and a pedestrian sense of place, existing trails and drives connect to the southeast edge of Kanis Park (Fig. 1).  

Figure 1.  This project would simply help Midline users navigate Kanis Park on existing facilities.  Drives on which bicycle and pedestrian traffic would be mixed with vehicular traffic are thin white lines and existing trails are solid green lines.

If this is a project you would like to see completed, feel free to use any of the below language you would like to complete an infrastructure request form and submit it to Public Works no later than September 30th (postal mail and email addresses can be found on the form):

1) Briefly describe the proposed project.  Please include the boundaries of the project.

Kanis Park Sharrows:  The Midline is a proposed east-west bicycle and pedestrian corridor through the heart of Little Rock.  These sharrows would simply serve to guide Midline users through Kanis Park to continue to follow the Midline route.  I would like the City of Little Rock to install sharrows in Kanis Park to establish a Midline route through the park.  The exact route for the Midline through Kanis Park will be informed by the location of a connecting trail from Kanis to Boyle Parks and should be determined through cooperation between City of Little Rock Public Works and Parks and Recreation. If a new Master Plan reroutes the Midline to a route that bypasses this project's location, I would like the funding requested here to go toward making BikePed improvements to support that corridor.

2) Indicate if this is a new project or a continuation of an existing project.

This is a new project.