Kanis/Boyle Park Connection 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.

Boyle Park has an extensive trail system that could be used as part of a bicycle and pedestrian transportation corridor if the trail system were connected to a larger network, such as the proposed Midline.  A quality connection between Kanis and Boyle Parks would create considerable connectivity south of I-630 (an economically depressed area that could benefit greatly from a bicycle and pedestrian transportation corridor for economic equity).  This connection could take different routes to address the challenges associated with the project, such as a quality crossing across Kanis Road (Fig. 1).

Figure 1.  Bicycle advocate Paul Norris demonstrates one potential solution to cross Kanis Rd., crossing under Kanis Rd. at Rock Creek.

If this is a project you would like to see completed, feel free to use any of the language below 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 to Boyle Connection:  The existing trail system at Boyle Park represents an untapped transportation asset for bicycle and pedestrian traffic modes if it can be connected to a larger network, such as the proposed Midline.  I would like the City of Little Rock to connect Boyle and Kanis Park's trail system for the purpose of creating a bicycle and pedestrian transportation corridor.  I would like this connection to be as separated from vehicular traffic as possible and have a safe and convenient Kanis Rd. crossing. 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 that would leverage the existing trail systems of Boyle and Kanis Parks to create a bicycle and pedestrian transportation corridor.