The Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) needs your help creating the vision for the East 23rd Street Multimodal Corridor Plan. The study area of the plan spans from the Haskell Bridge east to O’Connell Road and will consider bicycle and pedestrian amenities, enhanced transit stops, roadway redesign, corridor aesthetics, and more. The plan will lay the foundation for the ultimate design of East 23rd Street, from the Haskell Bridge to 600 feet east of Anderson Avenue, when it is reconstructed in 2021-22.
The Visioning Session will use topical breakout sessions to address several subjects, including existing conditions, access management, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, transit, aesthetics, and economic development.
It will be held from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 in Flory Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds (2120 Harper Street).
More information available on the project website: lawrenceks.org/mpo/23rd-st-corridor-study
The 2019 Community Bike Ride is set for July 20th. We'll again be at Lawrence's Rotary Arboretum at 27th and Waukarusa.
This year we have 4 rides planned for folks of all ages and experience.
- 4 Miles – 9:30 am – Sanders Mound
- 6/8 Miles – 9:00 am- K-10 Trail
- 12 Miles – 8:30 am – I-70 Turnaround
- 22 Miles – 8:00 am – Lawrence Loop
We are excited to again to be sponsoring free helmets, safety vest, and other exciting goodies (while supplies last).
After a trial run last year, we will again be partnering with Lawrence's bike share company VeoRide who will offer FREE bikes for use during the event. You just need to register before 7/15 at http://bit.ly/cbr-bike-res
All of this is made possible by volunteers from Lawrence Central Rotary and some fine local sponsors who love supporting getting outdoors and being active.
We will have releases on-site for attendees to sign when checking in, but you can also download one here to fill out and bring if you like.
See you on July 20th!
You are also welcome to join the ride after-party at S&S Artisan Pub and Coffee House at 2228 Iowa Street between 12 and 2pm.
Enroll now for Lawrence Parks & Rec's "Confident, Capable, Commuters" Bicycle class.
Do you want to take advantage of all the benefits of commuting by bicycle but aren’t sure how to get started? Have you been riding for years but never received any instruction on the rules of the road? This class, taught by instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists, is designed to be beneficial to all levels of riders. Participants will learn how to ride safely in traffic and on the sidewalk, basic bike maintenance, and group riding skills. Participants must provide their own bicycle and helmet.
For more information, call (785) 832-7950. Cost is $20 per person. You can register at http://lprd.org/activity?n=325600
The class schedule for the three summer sessions are:
- Part 1: 6/17/19 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
- Part 2: 6/19/19 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
- Part 3: 6/22/19 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Part 1: 7/08/19 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
- Part 2: 7/10/19 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
- Part 3: 7/13/19 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Part 1: 8/12/19 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
- Part 2: 8/14/19 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
- Part 3: 8/17/19 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The final conceptual design for the 13th Street and 21st Street Bicycle Boulevards is now available to view on the City of Lawrence website, here: lawrenceks.org/bike-blvds
The Bicycle Boulevards design has evolved to account for safety considerations, best practices, and public input. Feedback from previous open houses in February and March 2019 as well as from Lawrence Listens surveys was incorporated into the final conceptual design.
Community members are invited to review the final conceptual design online or at one of two open houses being held this week. Open houses will be hosted in a come-and-go format where attendees can review and discuss the final conceptual design with project staff and the design consultant. Both open houses will cover the same content.
Open houses will be held on Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16 at the following locations:
- Wednesday, May 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Meeting in the City Commission Room at City Hall (6 E. 6th Street)
- Thursday, May 16 from 4 – 6 p.m.
Meeting at the East Lawrence Recreation Center (1245 E. 15th Street)
Feedback on the final conceptual design can be provided in person at an open house event or online through Lawrence Listens. Go to the Lawrence Listens web page and select the “Bicycle Boulevards – Final Conceptual Design” survey to share your input.
Project staff will present the final conceptual design to the Transportation Commission on Monday, June 3. A presentation to the City Commission will follow.
Questions on the Bicycle Boulevards project can be directed to:
PeopleForBikes released its second annual ratings of the top U.S. cities for bicycling, and the City of Lawrence is excited to share that it was ranked sixth overall.
The PlacesForBikes City Ratings are a data-driven analysis that evaluates the safety, appeal, and infrastructure of bicycling in more than 500 communities. Rankings are designed to show cities where they stand — and provide insight into where infrastructure investments should be made to build complete, connected bike networks.
The 2019 PlacesForBikes City Ratings scored 510 U.S. cities based on five areas:
- Ridership – How many people ride bikes?
- Safety – How safe is it to ride bikes?
- Network – How easy is it for people to get where they need to go?
- Acceleration – How fast is the bike network expanding?
- Reach – How well does the network serve all neighborhoods in the community?
Lawrence performed best in the safety and acceleration categories, with scores of 3.9 and 3.8, respectively. The city scorecard specifically noted high scores for growth in bike facilities and events as well as for a low number of bicycle-related fatalities and injuries. All individual scores combined to result in a comprehensive score of 3.3, which earned Lawrence its ranking of sixth overall.
“We’re excited that Lawrence was recognized as one of the best places in the country for bikes,” shared Jessica Mortinger, transportation planning manager, Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization. “The top ranking recognizes the work that our team – and a variety of organizations throughout Lawrence – has put in to make our city bicycle-friendly. We look forward to continuing those efforts and providing even greater bike-riding opportunities in the future.”
Data for the ratings comes from existing sources (including the U.S. Census American Community Survey and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System), as well as new sources developed by the PeopleForBikes team to capture city-specific data based on mapping, city planning information and survey responses from community members. From these sources, 184 calculations are performed per city to determine individual category scores, as well as a city or town’s overall score. Read more about the methodology here.
“We focused this year’s efforts on engaging more cities to improve accuracy of ratings,” said Jennifer Boldry, PeopleForBikes director of research. “Better accuracy provides a more valuable tool that helps cities benchmark, set goals and measure progress.”
Lawrence will be able to utilize the additional insights from the PeopleForBikes report to continue improving the city’s bicycle infrastructure. The scorecard outlines different ways Lawrence can improve the score for next year, including launching/expanding public bike share and partnering with community groups for outreach to assess transportation and recreation needs.
City Ratings is a key component of the PlacesForBikes program, which provides measurement tools, guidance, peer networking, and storytelling to help U.S. cities plan, build and promote great places to ride. PlacesForBikes is supported by a generous grant from Trek Bicycle Corporation, as well as contributions from other bike businesses, foundations and individuals.
For complete results and additional program details, please visit cityratings.peopleforbikes.org.