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May is National Bike Month!

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

 

You Need To Know FLAT!

FLAT | Friends of Lawrence Area TrailsThere'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: 

 

Get On Your Bikes and Ride!

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

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.

 

Summer 2016 Community Bike Ride Recap

There were concerns the Wednesday before, but the weather worked out and it was a beautiful day for a bike ride.  Just under 200 people (with volunteers) came out to the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum to enjoy a beautiful July morning to ride bikes.

Thanks to Central Rotary member Lynn O’Neal and to local bike enthusiast and photographer Eddie Davalos for all the awesome pictures!

Thanks to all our sponsors and everyone who came out.  And be sure to save the date on your fall calendar for our fall Ride on the Burroghs Creek Trail September 17th. (More info Coming soon)

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