Volunteers needed for bicyclists and pedestrian counts

Volunteers needed for bicyclists and pedestrian counts

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 5th         10am – Noon and 5pm – 7pm
Thursday, September 6th             10am – Noon and 5pm – 7pm
Saturday, September 8th              12pm – 2pm
 
Rain Dates:
Wednesday, September 12th       10am – Noon and 5pm – 7pm
Thursday, September 13th           10am – Noon and 5pm – 7pm
 
Saturday, September 15th            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.
 
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 region’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.
 
To sign up visit: www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/volunteer
 
For more information about signing up please contact:
Ashley Myers, Transportation Planner, at (785) 832-3155 or amyers@lawrenceks.org  

Lawrence Summer Community Bike Ride A Smashing Success!

Over 200+ riders and volunteers (a record attendance) came out Saturday morning, July 21st for the 8th annual Summer Larence Community Bike Ride at the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum.

Lawrence Central Rotary's annual event aimed at getting people out to enjoy the outdoors, by sponsoring the leisurely bike rides of various lengths starting from the Rotary Arboretum. 

Sponsors from around the community and region help make this event possible, and one of the highlights of the event is that people in need of a safety helmet can be fitted on site. T-shirts and high visibility safety vests are also handed out to attendees so after the event when they are biking around the community they can be more easily seen. 

If you missed this summer's event the good news is that it will be held again this fall on Lawrence's Eastside.  The Fall Community Bike Ride is scheduled for Saturday, Sept 15th starting from the Haskell Indian Nations Stadium Parking Lot.  The ride will be along the Burrough's Creek Trail.  For more information check back or our social media outlets. 

Here's a gallery of pictures taken by Lynn O'Neal, Leilani Tuttle, and Tobin Neis.

Pictures from the 8th Annual Lawrence Community Bike Ride organized by the Lawrence Central Rotary Club. The ride began…

Posted by Ride Lawrence on Sunday, July 22, 2018

The 2018 Lawrence Summer Community Bike Ride is set for July 21st!

2018 Lawrence Community Bike Ride (Summer)We've reserved the space, got the sponsors, now we need you to come out and enjoy the Summer 2018 Lawrence Community Bike Ride!

Here's what we've got on tap for this year's event:

  • Family Friendly Bike Ride With Safety
  • Kids Helmet fitting
  • Safety Vest Giveaway
  • Training Wheel Takeoff Area
  • Bike Checkup & Maintenance area
  • Healthy Snack Zone provided by The Merc
  • The always popular Lawrence Kids Calendar Kids Inflatable Zone!

 We have some new rides planned too! 

  • 1-Mile   “Arboretum” loop 
  • 4-Mile   “Family” ride to Sanders Mound
  • 6-Mile   “Bob-Billings” ride….new for 2018
  • 8-Mile   “6th-Street” ride….new for 2018
  • 12-Mile “I-70” ride with SAG stop (by the Lawrence Bicycle Club)

 Thanks to all our sponsors these annual events just get better and better. 

All riders must fill out a release you can download one from this LINK.

(We'll have them on hand too.)

Get this on your calendar! We look forward to seeing you!

2018 Lawrence Community Bike Ride Sponsors

Come to the June Transportation Commission Study Session – Wed, June 20, 2018 3:30 PM

STUDY SESSION AGENDA –

Public comment related to work session topics will be allowed at the end of each discussion item. Each person will be limited to three (3) minutes. Individuals are asked to come to the microphone, sign in, and state their name and address.

1. How Lawrence Measures Up: STAR Community Rating System, Bicycle Friendly Community, and Walk Friendly Community

STAR Community Rating System

Lawrence is the FIRST community in Kansas to receive a 4-STAR rating for national excellence in sustainability. The STAR Communities framework evaluates local governments on economic, environmental and social factors to measure sustainability and rates communities out of 5 STARs.

The STAR Community Rating System (STAR) is the first national certification program to recognize sustainable communities. STAR was built by and for local governments. The STAR framework integrates economic, environmental, and social aspects of sustainability. There are 7 goal areas, and 44 objectives by which cities are evaluated. These include both actions of the city government and the community at large.

We undertook the STAR certification not only to assess our progress towards sustainability, but also to set targets for moving forward. The STAR framework provides a nationally-recognized set of best practices for sustainability, and we look forward to continuing to improve!

For more information about the score and the STAR certification process, check out the City’s STAR website: www.lawrenceks.org/sustainability/STAR.

Bicycle Friendly Community

The Bicycle Friendly Communities Campaign is an awards program administered by the League of American Bicyclists that recognizes municipalities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle-Friendly Community provides safe accommodation for cycling and encourages its residents to bike for transportation and recreation. The City of Lawrence has been recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze level since 2004.

In 2012, the City of Lawrence was re-designated at the Bronze level and the League of American Bicyclists provided feedback and suggestions to further promote bicycling in Lawrence. In 2016, the City of Lawrence was re-designated at the Bronze level and the League of American Bicyclists provided a Report Card.

Walk Friendly Community

The City of Lawrence received a “Silver” designation from the national Walk Friendly Communities program. Scores range from Bronze (lowest), Silver, Gold, to Platinum (highest). The Walk Friendly designation is based on community efforts to expand opportunities for walking and to improve pedestrian safety across a wide range of programs and activities, from planning and design to outreach and law enforcement. Report Card – Released April 25, 2017

Bicycle Friendly Driver Course Scheduled for July 11th

The Bicycle Friendly Driver program is an hour interactive class, aimed at educating all drivers on the best and safest ways to share the road with people on bicycles. Developed by FC Bikes in collaboration with Bike Fort Collins.  This course answers questions and topics like: 

How do most crashes involving motor vehicles and bicyclists occur?

What is the safest way to make a right-hand turn when bike lanes and/or bicyclists are present?

Why do bicyclists ride in the middle of the road?

What’s legal and what’s not legal, for both motorists and bicyclists.

Why bicyclists “take the lane” and what motorists should do in response.

Why sharing the road is the safest alternative for both motorists and bicyclists.

Questions?

Kirsten Yunuba Stephens

785-764-1857
Bikefriendlylawrence@gmail.com

Lawrence Public Library ~ 707 Vermont St, Lawrence KS  66044

The class will be presented in Meeting Room C.

July 11 th 2018
7:00-8:00pm

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