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Lawrence Fall Community Bike Ride Set for Sept 15th

We've reserved the space, got the sponsors, now we need you to come out and enjoy our second 2018 Lawrence Community Bike Ride.

Here's what we've got on tap for this year's event from 10:00-12:00 at the Haskell Indian Nations Stadium parking lot:

  • 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!

The ride will be on Lawrence's Burroughs Creek Trail which is a great, smooth concrete multi-use path that is wonderful for beginners as well as seasoned riders to have a safe place to ride and enjoy Lawrence's Eastside. 

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!

 

Are You Walking or Biking To School October 5th?

Lawrence / Douglas County's Fall Walk / Bike to School Day Is October 5th

Lawrence / Douglas County’s Fall Walk / Bike to School Day Is October 5th

Below is is a repost from a  Lawrence’s Well Commons article dated 9/27/16
Lawrence-area students are once again dusting off their walking shoes in preparation for this fall’s annual Walk to School Day.

Slated for Oct. 5, the global event encourages kids — and their parents — to walk or bike to school on a designated day each year. All Lawrence elementary schools — with the exception of Pinckney, which has moved students to Lawrence’s East Heights School while undergoing renovations — are participating in this year’s local celebrations, says Michael Showalter, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s health promotion specialist.

The health benefits of walking, he says, are obvious. In addition to spurring more physical activity overall in kids, studies link walking with helping to maintain healthy weight, blood pressure, and bones, muscles and joints, Showalter said.

There’s also, he said, the promise of social interaction that kids won’t find in a car commute.

“It’s about togetherness and connecting with your community and your friends,” says Showalter, who also coordinates the Health Department’s Safe Routes to School program.

He has seen plenty of groggy kids in school parking lots rolling themselves out of Mom’s car in the same way they’d sluggishly roll themselves out of bed in the morning. Walking, Showalter says, wakes students up, creating a mindset that is ready to engage in learning.

Last year, “we had over 3,000 students,” mostly at the elementary-level, participate in Walk to School celebrations in Lawrence, he says. This year, the Health Department and its partners are widening their scope to Eudora Elementary School, where kids will end their walking journey to school after meeting first at the Eudora Public Library and using the new shared-use path that runs behind the school.

In Lawrence, Sunset Hill Elementary School is offering muffins and juice for walkers, while Langston Hughes Elementary School is celebrating with music and prizes. New York Elementary School students are invited to meet staff and Principal Nancy DeGarmo at Hobbs Park (702 E. 11th St.) at 7:30 a.m. for an en masse walk down 11th Street and eventually New York Street to the school.

Local Walk to School Day events are coordinated in partnership the Health Department’s Safe Routes to School program, with the city of Lawrence, the LiveWell Lawrence coalition, Lawrence Public Schools and the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization.

“What we really want to impart to community members and students is that walking and biking is fun. And it’s easy,” Showalter says. “And the more you do it, the more fun you have and the easier it becomes.”

Showalter encourages parents to reach out to their schools for more information, or to contact him directly at 843-3060 or mshowalter@ldchealth.org. Schools are also posting Walk to School Day events at www.walkbiketoschool.org.

 

What are you doing for Bike Month?

bike-month-2016May is designated as National Bike month each year.  Several community organizations in the Be Active Safe Routes community partnership are working with the city to encourage everyone to get out and bike around town this month (and every month). Here are some ways to get out and celebrate Bike Month:

  • National Bike to Work Week is May 16-20. Try bicycling to work and encourage your co-workers to do the same.
  • Lawrence is participating in the National Bike Challenge – a nationwide event to unite thousands of current bicyclists and encourage new riders. Sign up at www.nationalbikechallenge.org to join the challenge to track your miles or sign up a team to compete with your friends, family or co-workers.
  • Take a ride with the City Commissioners on Tuesday, May 17.  Meet at City Hall at 4:30 to take a quick ride around town to celebrate National Bike Month.
  • Take the Confident, Capable Commuters Class through Lawrence Parks and Recreation. Learn how to ride safely in traffic, basic bike maintenance and much more.  Contact smason@lawrenceks.org or call (785) 832-7950 for more information and class times.
  • Sign up for the week-long Youth Cycling Camp through Lawrence Parks and Recreation in June.
  • The Lawrence Public Library’s Summer Reading program is encouraging people to participate in Bike Middle Earth – a fun way to combine your love of reading with staying healthy.  Find out details on the program at www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/walkingtorivendell/ and log your miles to Middle Earth.
  • Tune up your bike at a free bike stand around Lawrence. There are four locations now with five more planned soon.
  • Track your routes ahead of time by using the city’s online Bicycle Rideability Map or pick one up at City Hall, KU Parking and Transit, Cycleworks, Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop or Ambler Student Recreation Center.
  • Take your bike on the bus – by combining transit and bicycling, you can get farther in Lawrence without using your personal car and saving that gas money for something else.

Lawrence Parks and Rec to Offer Youth Cycling Camps

Lawrence Parks and Rec Summer Bike CampLawrence Parks and Recreation Department is offering youth the opportunity to be physically active throughout the afternoon, as well as learn bicycle safety through its new summer camp offering Youth Cycling Camp.

This week-long camp will provide participants with the opportunity to explore some of Lawrence’s parks through bike rides. Camp will be headquartered in Hobbs Park, 702 E. 11th St., and travel will be done on sidewalks and there will be a focus on safe riding and street crossing to other community parks where children will participate in games and craft activities.

Youth Cycling Camp is open to children eight years-old to 12 years-old and is being offered noon – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 6-10 and June 20-24. Cost is $90 per child, per week.

All participants must provide their own bike and helmet. In the event of inclement weather, camp will be held at East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 15th St.

To register online, please visit: http://lprd.org/activity?n=3257000 or visit any Parks and Recreation facility, including: Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane; 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. or the Administrative Offices, 1141 Massachusetts St.

For more information on the camp, please contact Stephen Mason, recreation center programmer, at (785) 832-7950.

Bike to School Day in Lawrence is May 4th!

header-biketoschoolThe Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages students to walk or bike to school May 4 in celebration of National Bike to School Day. Walking and bicycling to school enables children to incorporate the regular physical activity they need each day while also forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

The Health Department, in collaboration with the City of Lawrence, Lawrence Public Schools, the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization and LiveWell Lawrence, is working to encourage families to walk or Qbike as part of “Be Active Safe Routes,” a community initiative to make it easier for people of all ages, ability, background and socioeconomic status to be more active.

Regular physical activity helps children build strong bones, muscles and joints, and it decreases the risk of chronic conditions like Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. “Physical inactivity is at crisis proportions in America. In the coming decade, preventable chronic conditions are expected to overtake tobacco as the leading cause of death in Kansas,” Health Promotion Specialist Michael Showalter said. “The research is clear that students who walk or bike to school will be healthier and perform better in school.”

Lawrence middle and elementary school students, families and staff plan to participate in Bike to School Day. Schools also will be hosting special events like park-and-rides and bicycle rodeos. Lawrence-Douglas County Health Board members, Lawrence school board members, city commissioners and firefighters have been invited to join in the activities throughout Lawrence. Helmets should be worn at all times when riding a bike. Bicyclists should ride safely by following the rules of the road and obeying traffic laws. Young children should be accompanied by an adult.

Benefits of walking or biking include:

• Students who walk or bike to school are healthier.

• Research has shown exercise before school helps children arrive focused and ready to learn.

• Students who walk and bike frequently when they are young are more likely to continue these activities into adulthood.

• When walking or biking, parents and children get an opportunity to bond and appreciate things they don’t notice while driving — listening to the sounds of the neighborhood, seeing friends and neighbors and feeling connected with their community.

• Fewer cars on the road means less traffic and congestion and cleaner air.

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