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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
One of the local Lawrence bike shops just posted a really great new resource.
People looking for new places to ride your bike can visit the “Maps” page of Sunflower’s site. They’ve assembled (and will continue to compile) a list of great riding routes around Lawrence for all skill levels of riders.
Two great ones for families are below.. but be sure to check them all out!
Family Ride: Outside for a Better Inside and the Kaw
Getting to the new trail along the Kansas River (The Kaw) involves some sidewalk riding along Kentucky St., but once you’re on the trail it’s car-free along the river and then around the old quarry (now a lake) that forms the Outside for a Better Inside Trail. Plenty of opportunities to see wildlife along the river and feel some wilderness in the heart of the City.
Family Ride: Burroughs Creek Trail
Riding with the family usually means finding car-free zones that offer distractions on the ride and shorter distances. The Burroughs Creek Trail, a former rail line ticks all the boxes in that regard once you get on the trail. Playgrounds, water fountains, and a railroad grade (nothing over 3%) are hallmarks of this very casual ride. Take in as much as you like and head back Downtown for some ice cream!
Did you know there aren’t any League of American Bicyclists “Bicycle Friendly Business” in Lawrence. There may be a few that qualify already and don’t know they do.
Why would you want to consider this? Listen to what some people have said:
“By receiving the initial recognition, we were able to justify installing lockers and increasing our overall support of cycling in our workplace.” —Chuck Krivanek, Human Resources Manager, InterContinental Hotels Group
“The designation [has given] us more influence in advocating for better bicycling infrastructure and benefits that we can ask from our company, the building managers, and local government. After we had gained our BFB designation, we were able to promote bicycling even more at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast topic.” —Michael Barreyro, Volunteer Bicycle Coordinator, SAP Labs – La Crosse
Becoming a BFB benefits your bottom line while also enhancing quality of life in your community. What can you gain by becoming bicycle friendly?
- Recruitment: attract and retain the best and brightest
- Increase morale and quality of life for employees
- Foster a sense of community and camaraderie in workplace
- Enhance health and wellness bene ts, and reduce costs on healthcare
- Catalyze a more alert, active, productive workforce
- Reduce absenteeism
- Showcase social reponsibility, a commitment to sustainability and reducing environmental footprint
- Support and expand reliable, consistent transportation, particularly for employees in urban areas
- Create a culture of wellness
- Cut transportation spending by company, individual and community
- Support long-term health benefits, both physical and mental
Sound interesting? Check out http://bikeleague.org/business
Mark Your Calendars, Tell Your friends and Neighbors, the Lawrence Central Rotary Club is hosting the fall 2015 Lawrence Community Bike Ride on Saturday, September 19th, at the Haskell University stadium parking area and using the Burroughs Creek, and recently refinished bike Trail south of Haskell.
The event is open to anyone and there is no cost to participate.
There will be a three mile ride along the Burroughs Creek Trail.
Other activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. include:
- A Training Wheel Takeoff. Experts will help children who are ready to take off their training wheels in a safe environment.
- Bike Rodeo. Kids can practice and improve their riding skills
- Bike Helmet Fitting and Giveaway. Safe Kids with LMH will help outfit kids with helmets, while supplies last, along with providing cycling safety tips for kids of all ages – and for adults too!
- Inflatable Bounce House and Slides for the kids!
“One of our goals as a club is to get more and more people discover cycling and an active lifestyle as a fun and healthy activity,” said Steve Lane, a member of Central Rotary Club. “This event is a great opportunity for families and individuals to enjoy cycling in a safe and scenic area on Lawrence’s east side.”
If it is raining September 19th, the ride will be rescheduled for on Sunday, September 20, at 1PM.
Registration for the event is required and can be done before the event.
Releases will be available at the event or you can download one HERE to fill out ahead of time.
Thanks to all our sponsors and partners who help to make these events happen in Lawrence.
The City of Lawrence’s Pedestrian-Bicycle Issues Task Force began meeting in late June. As part of their program of work, the committee is seeking community input on many aspects related to accessibility and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians in Lawrence. The task force is using the city’s new online engagement tool, /Lawrence Listens/, to ask an open-ended question to the community about these issues. The question is:
What would you like to see the City of Lawrence do to encourage and support safe and accessible walking and bicycling for people of all ages and abilities?
The task force will receive the comments from the Lawrence Listens http://www.lawrenceks.org/lawrence-listens
forum at an upcoming meeting for review and consideration.
This question will be available for comment until September 1, 2015 at www.lawrenceks.org/lawrence-listens