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Input Needed From Lawrence Residents About The Lawrence Loop

The City of Lawrence is studying potential alignments for two incomplete sections of pedestrian and bicycle path to complete the Lawrence Loop. An open house was held in June to gather public input on proposed routes. Over the summer the study team evaluated the proposed routes and developed a series of alignment options. We are now seeking input on the proposed routes. There are two ways to provide input. 

Attend the open house September 18th, 2017, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont Street. There will be no formal presentation so please feel free come at your convenience between these times.

OR

Take the short survey on Lawrence Listens.

For more information or to view the proposed routes go to www.lawrenceks.org/loop.

Questions – contact Jessica Mortinger, Senior Transportation Planner, Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, at (785) 832-3165 and jmortinger@lawrenceks.org

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. 

Ride To School Day 2017

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.”

Here's a great story 6 News Lawrence did on happenings here in Lawrence. 

Share your Transportation Vision for Douglas County

The Lawrence – Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) needs your help!

They are updating our long-range transportation plan – Transportation 2040 (T2040). The plan will identify future needs and make investment recommendations for all modes of transportation including automobile, public transit, bicycle, pedestrian, etc.

MPO staff will be at the following events tabling. Stop by and visit with our transportation planners, take our survey and talk about the plan update.

Library Tail Wagging Readers, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, February 25, 10-11am
Baldwin City Chamber Luncheon, Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High St, Baldwin City, March 8, 12-1pm
Lecompton City Council Meeting, 327 Elmore St, Lecompton, March 20, 7pm
Lawrence Library Tabling, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, March 30, 11-1pm
Aunt Netters Cafe, 336 Elmore St, Lecompton, March 31, 11-2pm
KU Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, April 5, 11-1pm
LiveWell Lawrence Event, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, April 20, 4-6pm
Earth Day Celebration, Lawrence South Park, April 22, 11:30-4pm

The MPO will also be hosting open houses in late March/early April.

Visit www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/t2040-update for the most up to date list of events and more information.

Questions – contact Jessica Mortinger, Senior Transportation Planner, Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, at (785) 832-3165 and jmortinger@lawrenceks.org.

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!

City of Lawrence Kansas Transportation News

loab-bronzeThe 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.

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