On behalf of all of us at Lawrence Central Rotary, a big thank you!
On Saturday we hosted the 2nd ride of our "Community Bike Ride" initiative. In spite of warm weather, overlap with the KU football game, and a variety of other options, we were able to total 79 participants (by counting the waivers). We had another successful helmet giveaway – as well as providing neon safety vests and shirts.
For the year (both rides), we had 247 participants, we gave away 107 helmets, 98 vests, and 105 shirts (with shirt and vest totals only limited by our inventory). And, importantly, we had another successful year without injuries. We heard multiple people share that it was "…my first time on this trail!" and more than one family share that they were back with kids who had graduated from our training-wheel takeoff clinic (that Jane Huesemann leads).
Speaking for the group – each time we help fit a child (or adult) with a helmet – provide them with a bright (neon) vest or bright shirt – we know we are proactively promoting well being (safety). It means a lot to us – and we could not pull this off without your help.
Below is a gallery of pictures (thank you Lynn O'Neal, Tobin Neis, and the folks at Friends of Lawrence Area Trails). Our fall ride that started at the Haskell Stadium parking lot and went up along the Burroughs Creek trail and back.
We are looking forward to coming back in 2019 and we hope you choose to be along for the ride!
Community Bike Rides
Pictures from a community bicycle ride organized by the Lawrence Central Rotary Club. Starting at the Haskell Memorial Stadium and riding up and back on the Burroughs Creek Trail
Posted by Ride Lawrence on Monday, September 17, 2018
Photo by Andrew Owen White
Repost from LJworld.com
A Lawrence resident has set a new American and world cycling record as a part on an international competition.
Ashton Lambie broke the American record and set a new unofficial world record in the individual pursuit on the third day of the Pan-American Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico at the Bicentennial Velodrome last weekend.
Moments after Gavin Hoover set the American Record in the event, Lambie responded by doing even better. He recorded a time of 4:07.25, which shattered the previous World Record of 4:10.534 set by Australian Jack Bobridge in 2011. Taylor Phinney previously held the American Record with a time of 4:15.16 before Hoover posted a time of 4:14.2.
“This is an absolutely stunning achievement and the world should get to know Ashton Lambie,” said Derek Bouchard-Hall, President and CEO of USA Cycling, in a release from USA Cycling.
Individual pursuit is a type of cycle race that occurs on a track and features two riders competing head-to-head but also for time.
Lambie first represented USA Cycling at the 2017 Pan-American Championships after winning the Individual Pursuit and placing second in the Omnium and Points race earlier in the summer at his first-ever Track National Championship. Lambie represented Team USA in several World Cups, including the 2018 UCI Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands in March where he placed seventh in the Individual Pursuit.
“It’s incredibly humbling to think about this past year up to today,” Lambie said. “It’s been a lot of hard work, but trusting the process and making the right decisions day to day makes all the difference. The support from my family, the team and my coach has been so important. It’s amazing to have this result. I’m thankful as well to USA Cycling for all the support.”
May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try.
Here in Lawrence, we will be celebrating Bike Month in a number of different ways this year. You will see Bike Month themed social media throughout the month of May from the City and the Parks and Recreation Department.
There's a local organization you need to get to know. It's called FLAT, no it's not a play on the great plains once you get to the other side of the Flint Hills and can see Denver, FLAT is an acronym for the Friends of Lawrence Area Trails.
FLAT is a nonprofit group devoted to developing, promoting and maintaining a robust and vibrant trails system in Douglas County and northeast Kansas. FLAT’s primary roles are to raise funds for trail construction, build a community of trails supporters, and advocate for city, county and state investment in trails.
The founding committee is composed of local well-known local champions of being active that include:
- Kate Dinneen – Chair
- Marilyn Hull – Member
- Sarah Hill-Nelson – Treasurer
- Susan Hampton – Member
- Jeff Severin – Member
From their website:
We envision a time when Lawrence area residents and visitors of all ages and abilities have convenient access to a trail system that delivers healthy people, economic growth, and a green future.
Our immediate goal is to work toward completion and greater use of the Lawrence Loop, the 22-mile paved trail that will eventually circle the city.
Looking ahead, we will work toward expanding the Lawrence area trail network and promoting Lawrence as a northeast Kansas trail hub.
FLAT will work collaboratively with existing groups that build and maintain trails and organizations that host events on trails.
We intend to establish ourselves as a 501c3 by the close of 2018. Meanwhile, the Douglas County Community Foundation is accepting tax-deductible donations to the Friends of Lawrence Area Trails Fund.
For more information about FLAT check out their:
There are some great family friendly bicycling events for you to check out here in Lawrence and you can even represent Douglas County in the National Bike Challenge! It's easy and gets you out to enjoy the summer.
There are 4 great events (and other weekly ones) for you to check out. They are free and fun for the whole
But there's another cool event running through the rest of the summer. The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists—and encouraging countless new riders. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, your colleagues and your community to ride more while competing on a local, state and national level.
They use an app called Strava to keep track of all the miles people ride. Currently, Lawrence is in second place in KS by just a hair to Witchita. You can help us over the edge.
The Challenge is a great way to get involved and bicycle more as individuals, companies, and communities, together as a nation. It's not just for hard-core riders, it's for recreational riders too, just get out there, log your miles and represent Douglas County!
To read more about it check out the National Bike Challenge website https://nationalbikechallenge.org/
Miles Ridden in KS as of 6/8/17