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
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.”