It had been a scorching week but after discussions with the organizers and the forecast that said we'd start with a temp of 80 degrees and be done before the mercury broke 90 we forged ahead.
We were able to use the new shelter at the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum which allowed more space in the tent to fit people with new helmets.
Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who came out to ride and volunteer.
The team from Matty D Media was on site and put together this video of the event (more coming soon)!
We also got some great photos of the event, you can check them out at the Lawrence Central Rotary Website. If you took any pictures you'd like to share email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LawrenceCentralRotaryClub/
The 2019 Community Bike Ride is set for July 20th. We'll again be at Lawrence's Rotary Arboretum at 27th and Waukarusa.
This year we have 4 rides planned for folks of all ages and experience.
- 4 Miles – 9:30 am – Sanders Mound
- 6/8 Miles – 9:00 am- K-10 Trail
- 12 Miles – 8:30 am – I-70 Turnaround
- 22 Miles – 8:00 am – Lawrence Loop
We are excited to again to be sponsoring free helmets, safety vest, and other exciting goodies (while supplies last).
After a trial run last year, we will again be partnering with Lawrence's bike-share company VeoRide who will offer FREE bikes for use during the event.
All of this is made possible by volunteers from Lawrence Central Rotary and some fine local sponsors who love supporting getting outdoors and being active.
We will have releases on-site for attendees to sign when checking in, but you can also download one here to fill out and bring if you like.
See you on July 20th!
You are also welcome to join the ride after-party at S&S Artisan Pub and Coffee House at 2228 Iowa Street between 12 and 2pm.
Updated Ride Maps!
We’ve had some requests for maps so we’ve put this together for you. If you’d like to download a pdf of one use this link.
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 the Summer 2018 Lawrence Community Bike Ride!
Here's what we've got on tap for this year's event:
- 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!
We have some new rides planned too!
- 1-Mile “Arboretum” loop
- 4-Mile “Family” ride to Sanders Mound
- 6-Mile “Bob-Billings” ride….new for 2018
- 8-Mile “6th-Street” ride….new for 2018
- 12-Mile “I-70” ride with SAG stop (by the Lawrence Bicycle Club)
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!
The Transportation Commission Weds, May 16, 2018 Bike Ride Map has been posted and may be found at:
This year's ride departs from Riverfront Parking Garage at 3:00 pm