August 15, 2017 / / Comments Off on Lawrence / Douglas Co MPO Needs Your Help with the 2017 Bike/Walk Census
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.
June 8, 2017 / / Comments Off on Come out for this year’s community bike rides!
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.
June 7, 2017 / / Comments Off on 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!
Lawrence Schools participated in the 2017 Bike to School Day.
National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for communities across the country to join together to celebrate safe, active transportation and, where needed, to bring attention to necessary changes so more people can safely bicycle to more places. Participation in the annual event grows every year and as of today, over 2,500 schools in 49 states have registered events on the official Bike to School Day website, walkbiketoschool.org. The success of Bike to School Day is thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment of tens of thousands of students, parents, volunteers, school administrators, elected officials, and community leaders.
“Bicycling is a wonderful way to exercise, have fun and can be a means for some students to get to school,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. “National Bike to School Day is an opportunity for communities to highlight the many benefits of bicycling and promote bicycle safety for Americans of all ages.”
“On Bike to School Day, we’re pleased to report that places around the country are celebrating the fun of biking to school and prioritizing children as they look to improve transportation safety for their entire communities,” said Nancy Pullen-Seufert, Director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School. “For example, Chicago, New York City and many rural and small town communities are seeing school zones as priority places to address speeding traffic – which can have safety benefits for everyone.”
November 16, 2016 / / Comments Off on Lawrence Kansas Recognized as Bicycle Friendly City by League of American Bicyclists
The City of Lawrence received great news and Lawrence Central Rotary (who sponsors the Ride Lawrence website) is proud to have helped the city to be able to achieve this designation!
The City of Lawrence has been honored again as a Bronze Rank Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC). The City first received this designation in 2004 from the American League of Bicyclists. There are now 404 communities recognized in the U.S. as Bicycle Friendly Communities; this is Lawrence’s fifth successful application. The Bronze level BFC award recognizes Lawrence’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
Lawrence-Douglas County Bicycle Advisory Committee members prepared the application utilizing information, such as data collected from bike/pedestrian counts, safety material, outreach efforts, and lane mileage. This year’s application featured Lawrence’s completion of a number of projects that will form the “Lawrence Loop”, a 22-mile paved off-street path around the city, the bicycle education provided by Lawrence’s League Certified Cycling instructors, the on-bicycle safety education at local elementary schools, and the recent commitment in the city budget for bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure improvements. The Lawrence Central Rotary Club’s Community Bike Ride, Safe Kids Douglas County Bicycle Rodeo and Helmet giveaways, the Tour of Lawrence, the Lawrence Mountain Bicycle Club’s partnership with Parks & Recreation for the development and maintenance of the Lawrence River Trails trail, the National Bicycle Challenge, and 100 percentage of buses equipped with bike racks were also highlighted as part of the application process.
By the numbers, Lawrence now has 16 miles of bike lanes, 9 miles of shared-lane markings (sharrows), 39 miles of signed bike routes, and 45 miles of paved shared use paths.
Four Kansas communities have received the Bicycle Friendly designation: Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan, and Shawnee. Find out more information online at www.bikeleague.org/bfa.