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Be Well Committee gives grant to city
COURTESY PHOTO Pictured left to right are: Be Well Barton County members Marissa Woodmansee, Bj Wooding, John Krug, Donna Krug, Dale Hogg and Katlyn Sigler; Great Bend Mayor Cody Schmidt; Be Well member Diann Henderson; and City Administrator Kendal Francis.

The Be Well Barton County committee gave a grant to the City of Great Bend to renew the bicycle sharrows that were painted several years ago. The $2,4000 in grant funds were provided by the Chronic Disease Risk Reduction Grant at the Barton County Health Department. 

Sharrows are pavement markings that improve cycling safety on streets that are too narrow for traditional bike lanes. These markings indicate to drivers that the road is a preferred bicycle route, and that they should be prepared to share the road with cyclists.

Be Well is also recommending adding more sharrows since Great Bend is now on the Adventure Cycling Trans America Trail. They want our streets to be as safe as possible for residents and guests who travel through here on their trip across America.