Lawrence Helmet Fair 2017 — Saturday 4/15

The Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department will hold their annual Helmet Fair on Saturday, April 15 on the University of Kansas campus alongside the annual Spring Football scrimmage.  The event will be in Lot 58―the parking lot just West of Memorial Stadium.  The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and is free to attend. Immediately following the Helmet Fair, the KU Spring Football Scrimmage will take place at 1:00 p.m. in Memorial Stadium. 

At the event, public safety staff will be on hand to provide and custom-fit bike helmets for children age 15 and younger (with an adult, while supplies last).  Participants can have their bicycle inspected and take a ride on the Safe Ride Course. Staff will provide information on the rules of the road, bicycle safety tips, bike trail etiquette, booster seat safety and pool safety. 

The Hy-Vee Hawk Zone will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. featuring family-friendly activities.

The city’s Police and Fire-Medical Departments and Kansas University Public Safety are joining efforts to provide this event, along with several private and non-profit business partners including Kansas Athletics, Laird Noller, Safe Kids Douglas County, McDonalds, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop, Douglas County Medical Society, Lawrence Mountain Bike Club, Dillons, Ranjbar Orthodontics, Jack Ellena Honda, State Farm Insurance, and Lawrence Pilot Club.

The Tour of Lawrence Takes a Year off in 2017

Lawerence organizers of the Tour of Lawrence have announced the event is taking a year off in 2017.

“We’re listening to the riders, who are our customers, and also responding to trends in the cycling world,” said Bob Sanner of Lawrence Sports Corporation, which organizes the tour. “It’s a necessary move on our part. ”

2017 would have been the 9th year, but according to Sanner multiple roadway projects over the last could years and ongoing into this year have prohibited the use of the KU Campus

“When we started the Tour of Lawrence eight years ago, our organizing group wanted to offer what we considered the best that Lawrence had to offer when it comes to race venues,” Sanner said. “One of those venues was our ability to offer a race on or near KU’s campus.”

According to a LJWorld story:

The date of the event and the format of the races are also going to be changed, Sanner said. The three-day tour is typically held in July and includes three events for various categories of riders, but Sanner said it might take place earlier in the year when it returns. Last year, the tour included two long-distance races — held at Haskell Indian Nations University and downtown — and a 200-meter sprint on Vermont Street.

Based on feedback from cycling teams, Sanner said the plan is to eliminate the street sprints, and instead have two criteriums and a circuit — all long-distance races.

“We’re asking riders to come in from Dallas or Chicago, and what they would really enjoy and thoroughly support would be three solid days of racing, and the street sprint really didn’t satisfy that,” Sanner said.

Sanner said the hope is for the tour to return next year with the new format, and also bring back KU’s campus as one of the race venues.

We look forward to the return of the race hopefully in 2018!

Share your Transportation Vision for Douglas County

The Lawrence – Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) needs your help!

They are updating our long-range transportation plan – Transportation 2040 (T2040). The plan will identify future needs and make investment recommendations for all modes of transportation including automobile, public transit, bicycle, pedestrian, etc.

MPO staff will be at the following events tabling. Stop by and visit with our transportation planners, take our survey and talk about the plan update.

Library Tail Wagging Readers, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, February 25, 10-11am
Baldwin City Chamber Luncheon, Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High St, Baldwin City, March 8, 12-1pm
Lecompton City Council Meeting, 327 Elmore St, Lecompton, March 20, 7pm
Lawrence Library Tabling, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, March 30, 11-1pm
Aunt Netters Cafe, 336 Elmore St, Lecompton, March 31, 11-2pm
KU Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, April 5, 11-1pm
LiveWell Lawrence Event, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, April 20, 4-6pm
Earth Day Celebration, Lawrence South Park, April 22, 11:30-4pm

The MPO will also be hosting open houses in late March/early April.

Visit www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/t2040-update for the most up to date list of events and more information.

Questions – contact Jessica Mortinger, Senior Transportation Planner, Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, at (785) 832-3165 and jmortinger@lawrenceks.org.

Lawrence Kansas Recognized as Bicycle Friendly City by League of American Bicyclists

The City of Lawrence received great news and Lawrence Central Rotary (who sponsors the Ride Lawrence website)  is proud to have helped the city to be able to achieve this designation!

City of Lawrence Kansas Transportation News

loab-bronzeThe City of Lawrence has been honored again as a Bronze Rank Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC). The City first received this designation in 2004 from the American League of Bicyclists. There are now 404 communities recognized in the U.S. as Bicycle Friendly Communities; this is Lawrence’s fifth successful application. The Bronze level BFC award recognizes Lawrence’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

Lawrence-Douglas County Bicycle Advisory Committee members prepared the application utilizing information, such as data collected from bike/pedestrian counts, safety material, outreach efforts, and lane mileage. This year’s application featured Lawrence’s completion of a number of projects that will form the “Lawrence Loop”, a 22-mile paved off-street path around the city, the bicycle education provided by Lawrence’s League Certified Cycling instructors, the on-bicycle safety education at local elementary schools, and the recent commitment in the city budget for bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure improvements. The Lawrence Central Rotary Club’s Community Bike Ride, Safe Kids Douglas County Bicycle Rodeo and Helmet giveaways, the Tour of Lawrence, the Lawrence Mountain Bicycle Club’s partnership with Parks & Recreation for the development and maintenance of the Lawrence River Trails trail, the National Bicycle Challenge, and 100 percentage of buses equipped with bike racks were also highlighted as part of the application process.

By the numbers, Lawrence now has 16 miles of bike lanes, 9 miles of shared-lane markings (sharrows), 39 miles of signed bike routes, and 45 miles of paved shared use paths.

Four Kansas communities have received the Bicycle Friendly designation: Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan, and Shawnee. Find out more information online at www.bikeleague.org/bfa.

Lawrence is Looking for People for the new Transportation Commission

cityoflawrence-multimodalThe City of Lawrence is seeking volunteers to serve on the newly established Transportation Commission. The Transportation Commission will serve to advance the health, safety, and welfare of all residents of the City of Lawrence through multi-modal transportation planning.

There are five Mayor-appointed positions to fill that represent the following members in our community:

  • one person representing local businesses
  • one person representing bicyclists
  • one person representing pedestrians
  • one person, who shall have a background in planning or engineering, e.g., architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture, city planning, or the like
  • one person who has a demonstrated interest, knowledge, or training in fields closely related to multi-modal transportation planning and engineering, such as a health profession, landscape architecture, city planning, urban design, geography, or the like.

If you meet one of the above criteria please consider volunteering to serve the community to advise the City Commission on matters relating to multi-modal transportation planning and related transportation decision-making.

Sign up to volunteer online at: http://lawrenceks.org/volunteer-board/ before December 2nd. Once membership is appointed, a monthly time and place for Transportation Commission meetings will be set by the members.

For more information, the Transportation Commission establishing resolution can be found online at: http://assets.lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/cc/2016/11-01-16/pw_lawrence_transportation_commission_resolution_7172.html or  contact David Cronin, City Engineer, 832-3130, dcronin@lawrenceks.org.

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