Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is offering youth the opportunity to be physically active throughout the afternoon as well as learn bicycle safety through its summer camp offering Youth Cycling Camp.
This week-long camp will provide participants with the opportunity to explore some of Lawrence’s parks through bike rides. Campers will meet in Hobbs Park, 702 E. 11th St., and then travel to other locations via sidewalks. Instruction will focus on safe riding and street crossing to other community parks where children will participate in games and craft activities.
Youth Cycling Camp is open to children eight-years-old to 12 years-old and is being offered 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 4-8 and June 18-22. Cost is $100 per child, per week.
All participants must provide their own bike and helmet. In the event of inclement weather, camp will be held at East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 15th St.
To register online, please visit: http://lprd.org/activity?n=325700 or visit any Parks and Recreation facility, including: Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane; the Community Building, 115 West 11th St.; East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 East 15th St.; Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 West 27th St.; Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive, Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St. or the Administrative Offices, 1141 Massachusetts St.
For more information on the camp, please contact Stephen Mason, recreation center programmer, at (785) 832-7950.
The Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department will hold their annual Helmet Fair on Saturday, April 28 on the University of Kansas campus alongside the annual Spring Football scrimmage. The event will be in Lot 92 & 94―East of David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and is free to attend. Immediately following the Helmet Fair, the KU Spring Football Scrimmage will take place at 1:00 p.m. in Memorial Stadium.
At the event, public safety staff will be on hand to provide and custom-fit bike helmets for children age 15 and younger (with an adult, while supplies last). Participants can have their bicycle inspected and take a ride on the Safe Ride Course. Staff will provide information on the rules of the road, bicycle safety tips, bike trail etiquette, booster seat safety and pool safety.
The Hawk Zone will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. featuring family-friendly activities.
The city’s Police and Fire-Medical Departments and Kansas University Public Safety are joining efforts to provide this event, along with several private and non-profit business partners including Kansas Athletics, Laird Noller, Safe Kids Douglas County, McDonalds, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop, Douglas County Medical Society, Dillons, Ranjbar Orthodontics, State Farm Insurance, and Lawrence Pilot Club.
Contact the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department at (785) 830-7000 for more information.
More information coming but set aside the dates!
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.
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!
To read more about it check out the National Bike Challenge website https://nationalbikechallenge.org/
Miles Ridden in KS as of 6/8/17