Mysterious Plungers Pop Up along Wichita Bike Lane

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The mystery of who installed plunger-like barriers along a Wichita bike lane is yet to be solved.

Todd Ramsey, an avid cyclist in Wichita, said he noticed the plungers with reflective tape near the intersection of Washington and First Street over the weekend.


“I was riding my bike downtown on Saturday morning. I pull up to this intersection and I see these white posts sticking out of the ground and they look like traffic barriers. They have reflective tape on them and so I’m thinking, wow, the city did something to kind of make this intersection safer,” said Todd Ramsey

Ramsey said he then approached the barriers to get a closer look.

“As I get closer, I realize these aren’t barriers, these are plungers that have been stuck to the ground,” Ramsey said.

Ramsey then snapped a few pictures of the plungers and posted them to social media. He said that’s when the conversation about bike safety, specifically bike-lane safety in downtown Wichita, took off.

“I don’t think the people know the rules about whether they are dedicated turn lanes or not,” Ramsey said.

According to the City of Wichita, drivers are not allowed to cross a solid line into the designated bike lane. The city said the bike lanes go up to the stop bar in order to make people bicycling more visible.

However, Ramsey said it’s not uncommon for drivers to use the dedicated bike lane as a turning lane at the same time a cyclist is using it.


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