Community Bike Ride Dates for 2018 Set

More information coming but set aside the dates!

Great Local Educational Opportunity: Bicycle Friendly Driver Course 3/27 & 3/30

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 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? 
  • Attendance is open to everyone, no need to RSVP.  

Please make plans to attend one of the two sessions offered by KU Sustainability. 

The class will be presented twice.

MARCH 27th 2018 11:30-12:30 in Ritchie Hall Room 268, located in the new Earth, Energy & Environment Center, 1414 Naismith Drive. 

MARCH 30th 2018 1:30-2:30 â€‹presented in Chalmers Hall room 421, 1467 Jayhawk Blvd. 

Topics being covered include:

  • 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 

Questions? Contact Kirsten Yunuba Stephens at 785-764-1857 or email Bikefriendlylawrence@gmail.com

Input Needed From Lawrence Residents About The Lawrence Loop

The City of Lawrence is studying potential alignments for two incomplete sections of pedestrian and bicycle path to complete the Lawrence Loop. An open house was held in June to gather public input on proposed routes. Over the summer the study team evaluated the proposed routes and developed a series of alignment options. We are now seeking input on the proposed routes. There are two ways to provide input. 

Attend the open house September 18th, 2017, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont Street. There will be no formal presentation so please feel free come at your convenience between these times.

OR

Take the short survey on Lawrence Listens.

For more information or to view the proposed routes go to www.lawrenceks.org/loop.

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

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. 

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