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
We've reserved the space, got the sponsors, now we need you to come out and enjoy our second 2018 Lawrence Community Bike Ride.
Here's what we've got on tap for this year's event from 10:00-12:00 at the Haskell Indian Nations Stadium parking lot:
- Family Friendly Bike Ride With Safety
- Kids Helmet fitting
- Safety Vest Giveaway
- Training Wheel Takeoff Area
- Bike Checkup & Maintenance area
- Healthy Snack Zone provided by The Merc
- The always popular Lawrence Kids Calendar Kids Inflatable Zone!
The ride will be on Lawrence's Burroughs Creek Trail which is a great, smooth concrete multi-use path that is wonderful for beginners as well as seasoned riders to have a safe place to ride and enjoy Lawrence's Eastside.
Thanks to all our sponsors these annual events just get better and better.
All riders must fill out a release you can download one from this LINK.
(We'll have them on hand too.)
Get this on your calendar! We look forward to seeing you!
More information coming but set aside the dates!
Volunteers are needed to manually count bicyclists and pedestrians at several locations across Lawrence, Eudora, and Baldwin City in September. The Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, with the help of volunteers, will be conducting bicycle and pedestrian counts on:
- Wednesday, September 6th – 10am – 12pm and 5pm – 7pm
- Thursday, September 7th – 10am – 12pm and 5pm – 7pm
- Saturday, September 9th – 12pm – 2pm
- Wednesday, September 13th – 10am – 12pm and 5pm – 7pm
- Saturday, September 16th – 12pm – 2pm
Volunteers will be taught the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project method created by Alta Planning and Design and the Institute of Transportation Engineers by watching a 4 minute training video (linked below).
Data collected on bicycling and walking will assist city and regional leaders in estimating usage and demand for bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The counts will also be used to track the re gion’s progress on increasing the use of non-motorized transportation, strengthen grant applications to leverage additional federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects, evaluate existing projects, and help determine the location of future investments.
(Each city has their own tab on the Sign Up Genius website)
For the seventh year, Lawrence Central Rotary and Ride Lawrence along with some amazing local sponsors are hosting two community bike rides. One in July and another in September. The best part, they are both FREE!
The summer Community Bike Ride will be held July 15th at the Rotary Arboretum starting at 8:30 to beat the summer heat.
There'll be rides and activities for everyone ranging from a 1-mile easy loop around the Arboretum and Training wheel take-off workshop for smaller kiddos who are ready to start rolling on two wheels.
There's a three-mile family ride out to the Clinton Lake overlook and back. Lastly, there is the 10-mile ride up to I-70 and back.
During all of the rides in the parking lot of the Arboretum, there will be:
- Helmets Fittings and Safety vests to participants (while supplies last).
- Kid's Zone with inflatables to burn off that extra energy.
- Sunflower Bike will have a maintenance and bike check stand set up.
- The Merc will have a great array of healthy snacks.
- 7th anniversary T-shirts while supplies last
The Fall ride will be held September 16th starting at the Haskell University stadium parking lot and riding on the Burroughs Creek Trail.
Other activities from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. include:
- A Training Wheel Takeoff Clinic. 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.”
All of this family-friendly wonderfulness is made possible by the sponsors below.