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)
May 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 email@example.com 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.
The rain finished the night before, there was a sigh of relief when we could see the final rays of sun through the clearing skies to the west on Friday night.
Our latest ride held Saturday September 19th starting in the Haskell Indian Nations University stadium parking lot delighted more than 100 guests riding along the Burroughs Creek Trail. Members of Lawrence Central Rotary with the help of our sponsors and though applying for grants and fundraisers were able to hand out all of the 80 bright neon safety vests we purchased and fitted 42 brand new helmets (mostly to children) to keep them safe while riding their bike not just that day but for many days, weeks, and months to come.
But, that just speaks to the numbers. Everyone who attended had a great morning and the participants had fun… and that is the key thing. People having fun, being active, using their bikes, possibly seeing new trails, and meeting new friends along the way.
We look forward to seeing even more people again next summer for more Lawrence Community Bike rides!
We got this email from our pal Bob Sanner at the tour to make a shout out for help.. Please sign up – it’s a great time and pretty amazing to see these racers in action!
“It’s hard to believe that the Tour of Lawrence is entering its seventh year. This year’s ToL will include the same format with one change: the campus race will be held on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University. Haskell has graciously agreed to close its campus for the Tour of Lawrence.
The popularity and success of the Tour results in large part from the volunteers who make it all possible. Would you consider being part of the year’s ToL? The dates are June 26-28. I can promise you a cool T-shirt, plenty of food (thanks to Free State and Ingredient) and drink. The safety vest and whistle aren’t bad either. Please follow the link and consider being part of the tour again.”
Lawrence Safe Routes to School is wrapping up the the school year with National Bike to School Day on May 6th.
Join Langston Hughes Elementary, Pinckney Elementary, and students all over Lawrence as they celebrate the day by getting fresh air and exercise on the way to school.
Please help spread the word to drivers and remind them to slow down and look for student pedestrians and cyclists. And keep your eye out for Pinckney students joining in their first Bike Train!
Throughout the month of May, try biking to work or school so that you don’t miss out on the fun! Contact Rebecca Garza at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department for more information.