Lawrence / Douglas Co MPO Needs Your Help with the 2017 Bike/Walk Census

Volunteers are needed to manually count bicyclists and pedestrians at several locations across Lawrence, Eudora, and Baldwin City in September. The Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, with the help of volunteers, will be conducting bicycle and pedestrian counts on:

  • Wednesday, September 6th – 10am – 12pm and 5pm – 7pm
  • Thursday, September 7th – 10am – 12pm and 5pm – 7pm
  • Saturday, September 9th – 12pm – 2pm

Rain Dates:

  • Wednesday, September 13th – 10am – 12pm and 5pm – 7pm
  • Saturday, September 16th – 12pm – 2pm

Volunteers will be taught the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project method created by Alta Planning and Design and the Institute of Transportation Engineers by watching a 4 minute training video (linked below).

Data collected on bicycling and walking will assist city and regional leaders in estimating usage and demand for bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The counts will also be used to track the re gion’s progress on increasing the use of non-motorized transportation, strengthen grant applications to leverage additional federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects, evaluate existing projects, and help determine the location of future investments.

Sign up to count bicyclists and pedestrians

(Each city has their own tab on the Sign Up Genius website)

Online Training Video (4 minutes)

Come out for this year’s community bike rides!

For the seventh year, Lawrence Central Rotary and Ride Lawrence along with some amazing local sponsors are hosting two community bike rides. One in July and another in September.  The best part, they are both FREE!

The summer Community Bike Ride will be held July 15th at the Rotary Arboretum starting at 8:30 to beat the summer heat.  

There'll be rides and activities for everyone ranging from a 1-mile easy loop around the Arboretum and Training wheel take-off workshop for smaller kiddos who are ready to start rolling on two wheels. 

There's a three-mile family ride out to the Clinton Lake overlook and back. Lastly, there is the 10-mile ride up to I-70 and back.

During all of the rides in the parking lot of the Arboretum, there will be:

  • Helmets Fittings and Safety vests to participants (while supplies last).
  • Kid's Zone with inflatables to burn off that extra energy.
  • Sunflower Bike will have a maintenance and bike check stand set up.
  • The Merc will have a great array of healthy snacks.
  • 7th anniversary T-shirts while supplies last

The Fall ride will be held September 16th starting at the Haskell University stadium parking lot and riding on the Burroughs Creek Trail. 

Other activities from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. include:

  • A Training Wheel Takeoff Clinic. Experts will help children who are ready to take off their training wheels in a safe environment.
  • Bike Rodeo. Kids can practice and improve their riding skills
  • Bike Helmet Fitting and Giveaway. Safe Kids with LMH will help outfit kids with helmets, while supplies last, along with providing cycling safety tips for kids of all ages – and for adults too!
  • Inflatable Bounce House and Slides for the kids!

“One of our goals as a club is to get more and more people discover cycling and an active lifestyle as a fun and healthy activity,” said Steve Lane, a member of Central Rotary Club. “This event is a great opportunity for families and individuals to enjoy cycling in a safe and scenic area on Lawrence’s east side.”

All of this family-friendly wonderfulness is made possible by the sponsors below. 

Get On Your Bikes and Ride!

There are some great family friendly bicycling events for you to check out here in Lawrence and you can even represent Douglas County in the National Bike Challenge!  It's easy and gets you out to enjoy the summer.

There are 4 great events (and other weekly ones) for you to check out.   They are free and fun for the whole 

But there's another cool event running through the rest of the summer.  The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists—and encouraging countless new riders. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, your colleagues and your community to ride more while competing on a local, state and national level. 

They use an app called Strava to keep track of all the miles people ride.  Currently, Lawrence is in second place in KS by just a hair to Witchita. You can help us over the edge.

The Challenge is a great way to get involved and bicycle more as individuals, companies, and communities, together as a nation. It's not just for hard-core riders, it's for recreational riders too, just get out there, log your miles and represent Douglas County! 

To read more about it check out the National Bike Challenge website https://nationalbikechallenge.org/ 

Miles Ridden in KS as of 6/8/17

Lawrence Parks and Rec To Offer “Pre-Driver’s Ed” on Bike Safety

Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is offering an opportunity for kids 12 years-old to 16 years-old to get out and discover the benefits of using bicycles as a form of transportation while also being introduced to the rules of the road.
 
Pre-drivers Ed will take place 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 12-16, at Hobbs Park, 702 East 11th St. Class instructors will teach participants the skills needed to safely and effectively use their bike as a form of transportation. Each day kids will learn and practice new skills before going on a group ride to a popular destination. On the final day, all participants will enjoy a movie at Southwind Theaters. Participants will ride on the sidewalks as well as roads and must provide their own bike and helmet. Each child is also encouraged to bring spending money for snacks at various destinations. Cost is $90 per child.
 
An additional Pre-drivers Ed program will be offered 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 26-30, at Hobbs Park.
 
Register online at http://lprd.org/activity?n=325750 or at any Parks and Recreation facilities including: the Community Building, 115 West 11th St.; East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 East 15th St.; Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 West 27th St.; Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive; Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St., Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane or the Administrative Offices in historic South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St.
 
For more information, please contact Stephen Mason, recreation center programmer, at (785) 832-7940.

Ride To School Day 2017

Lawrence Schools participated in the 2017 Bike to School Day.

National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for communities across the country to join together to celebrate safe, active transportation and, where needed, to bring attention to necessary changes so more people can safely bicycle to more places. Participation in the annual event grows every year and as of today, over 2,500 schools in 49 states have registered events on the official Bike to School Day website, walkbiketoschool.org. The success of Bike to School Day is thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment of tens of thousands of students, parents, volunteers, school administrators, elected officials, and community leaders.

“Bicycling is a wonderful way to exercise, have fun and can be a means for some students to get to school,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.  “National Bike to School Day is an opportunity for communities to highlight the many benefits of bicycling and promote bicycle safety for Americans of all ages.”

“On Bike to School Day, we’re pleased to report that places around the country are celebrating the fun of biking to school and prioritizing children as they look to improve transportation safety for their entire communities,” said Nancy Pullen-Seufert, Director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School. “For example, Chicago, New York City and many rural and small town communities are seeing school zones as priority places to address speeding traffic – which can have safety benefits for everyone.”

Here's a great story 6 News Lawrence did on happenings here in Lawrence. 

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