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Volunteers needed for bicycle and pedestrian counts in Lawrence, Eudora and Baldwin City

The Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization is looking for volunteers for a variety of bicycle and pedestrian counting projects happening this September in Lawrence, Eudora and Baldwin City. There are hundreds of available counting opportunities as part of the following projects:

  • The annual Bicycle Rider and Pedestrian Project will count locations throughout Lawrence, Eudora and Baldwin City to gather data on bicycling and walking usage to assist city and regional leaders in estimating usage and demand for bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
  • The Lawrence School Crossing Guard Count is one of our first steps to developing a citywide Safe Routes to School Plan. Data is being gathered at existing school crossing guard locations. This data collection effort was started in the spring, but rain delayed the completion of the counts.
  • The Lawrence Downtown Count is an ongoing effort to collect usage numbers. These counts have been conducted every spring and fall. 

To sign up as a volunteer for any of the three counts visit: www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/volunteer
 
For more information about volunteering for bicycle and pedestrian counts, please contact: Ashley Myers, Transportation Planner, at (785) 832-3155 or amyers@lawrenceks.org  

100+ brave the heat to attend Lawrence’s 2019 Community Bike Ride

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: communitybikeride@gmail.com or post them to our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LawrenceCentralRotaryClub/ 

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Lawrence Parks & Rec Hosting Bicycle Commuting Classes this summer

bicycle commuterEnroll now for Lawrence Parks & Rec's "Confident, Capable, Commuters" Bicycle class.

Do you want to take advantage of all the benefits of commuting by bicycle but aren’t sure how to get started? Have you been riding for years but never received any instruction on the rules of the road? This class, taught by instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists, is designed to be beneficial to all levels of riders. Participants will learn how to ride safely in traffic and on the sidewalk, basic bike maintenance, and group riding skills. Participants must provide their own bicycle and helmet.

For more information, call (785) 832-7950. Cost is $20 per person. You can register at http://lprd.org/activity?n=325600

The class schedule for the three summer sessions are:

June

  • Part 1: 6/17/19   6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Part 2: 6/19/19 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Part 3: 6/22/19 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

July

  • Part 1: 7/08/19 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Part 2: 7/10/19 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Part 3: 7/13/19 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

August

  • Part 1: 8/12/19 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Part 2: 8/14/19 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Part 3: 8/17/19 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Lawrence’s Bicycle Boulevards final conceptual design available online

Bicycle Boulevards final conceptual designThe final conceptual design for the 13th Street and 21st Street Bicycle Boulevards is now available to view on the City of Lawrence website, here: lawrenceks.org/bike-blvds
 
The Bicycle Boulevards design has evolved to account for safety considerations, best practices, and public input. Feedback from previous open houses in February and March 2019 as well as from Lawrence Listens surveys was incorporated into the final conceptual design.
 
Community members are invited to review the final conceptual design online or at one of two open houses being held this week. Open houses will be hosted in a come-and-go format where attendees can review and discuss the final conceptual design with project staff and the design consultant. Both open houses will cover the same content.
 
Open houses will be held on Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16 at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, May 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Meeting in the City Commission Room at City Hall (6 E. 6th Street)
  • Thursday, May 16 from 4 – 6 p.m.
    Meeting at the East Lawrence Recreation Center (1245 E. 15th Street)

Feedback on the final conceptual design can be provided in person at an open house event or online through Lawrence Listens. Go to the Lawrence Listens web page and select the “Bicycle Boulevards – Final Conceptual Design” survey to share your input.
 
Project staff will present the final conceptual design to the Transportation Commission on Monday, June 3. A presentation to the City Commission will follow.
 
Questions on the Bicycle Boulevards project can be directed to:

Lawrence, KS named a best city for bikes in 2019 PlacesForBikes City Ratings

PeopleForBikes released its second annual ratings of the top U.S. cities for bicycling, and the City of Lawrence is excited to share that it was ranked sixth overall.    

The PlacesForBikes City Ratings are a data-driven analysis that evaluates the safety, appeal, and infrastructure of bicycling in more than 500 communities. Rankings are designed to show cities where they stand — and provide insight into where infrastructure investments should be made to build complete, connected bike networks.
 
The 2019 PlacesForBikes City Ratings scored 510 U.S. cities based on five areas:

  • Ridership – How many people ride bikes?
  • Safety – How safe is it to ride bikes?
  • Network – How easy is it for people to get where they need to go?
  • Acceleration – How fast is the bike network expanding?
  • Reach – How well does the network serve all neighborhoods in the community?

Lawrence performed best in the safety and acceleration categories, with scores of 3.9 and 3.8, respectively. The city scorecard specifically noted high scores for growth in bike facilities and events as well as for a low number of bicycle-related fatalities and injuries. All individual scores combined to result in a comprehensive score of 3.3, which earned Lawrence its ranking of sixth overall.
 
“We’re excited that Lawrence was recognized as one of the best places in the country for bikes,” shared Jessica Mortinger, transportation planning manager, Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization. “The top ranking recognizes the work that our team – and a variety of organizations throughout Lawrence – has put in to make our city bicycle-friendly. We look forward to continuing those efforts and providing even greater bike-riding opportunities in the future.”
 
Data for the ratings comes from existing sources (including the U.S. Census American Community Survey and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System), as well as new sources developed by the PeopleForBikes team to capture city-specific data based on mapping, city planning information and survey responses from community members. From these sources, 184 calculations are performed per city to determine individual category scores, as well as a city or town’s overall score. Read more about the methodology here.
 
“We focused this year’s efforts on engaging more cities to improve accuracy of ratings,” said Jennifer Boldry, PeopleForBikes director of research. “Better accuracy provides a more valuable tool that helps cities benchmark, set goals and measure progress.”
 
Lawrence will be able to utilize the additional insights from the PeopleForBikes report to continue improving the city’s bicycle infrastructure. The scorecard outlines different ways Lawrence can improve the score for next year, including launching/expanding public bike share and partnering with community groups for outreach to assess transportation and recreation needs.
 
City Ratings is a key component of the PlacesForBikes program, which provides measurement tools, guidance, peer networking, and storytelling to help U.S. cities plan, build and promote great places to ride. PlacesForBikes is supported by a generous grant from Trek Bicycle Corporation, as well as contributions from other bike businesses, foundations and individuals.
 
For complete results and additional program details, please visit cityratings.peopleforbikes.org.

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