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Lawrence is Looking for People for the new Transportation Commission

cityoflawrence-multimodalThe City of Lawrence is seeking volunteers to serve on the newly established Transportation Commission. The Transportation Commission will serve to advance the health, safety, and welfare of all residents of the City of Lawrence through multi-modal transportation planning.

There are five Mayor-appointed positions to fill that represent the following members in our community:

  • one person representing local businesses
  • one person representing bicyclists
  • one person representing pedestrians
  • one person, who shall have a background in planning or engineering, e.g., architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture, city planning, or the like
  • one person who has a demonstrated interest, knowledge, or training in fields closely related to multi-modal transportation planning and engineering, such as a health profession, landscape architecture, city planning, urban design, geography, or the like.

If you meet one of the above criteria please consider volunteering to serve the community to advise the City Commission on matters relating to multi-modal transportation planning and related transportation decision-making.

Sign up to volunteer online at: http://lawrenceks.org/volunteer-board/ before December 2nd. Once membership is appointed, a monthly time and place for Transportation Commission meetings will be set by the members.

For more information, the Transportation Commission establishing resolution can be found online at: http://assets.lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/cc/2016/11-01-16/pw_lawrence_transportation_commission_resolution_7172.html or  contact David Cronin, City Engineer, 832-3130, dcronin@lawrenceks.org.

Lawrence’s Fall Community Bike Ride Scheduled for Sept 17th

The 2016 Lawrence Community Bike Ride on Saturday, September 17th, at the Haskell University stadium parking area and using the Burroughs Creek, and recently refinished bike Trail south of Haskell.

The event is open to anyone and there is no cost to participate.

There will be a three-mile ride along the Burroughs Creek Trail.

Other activities from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. include:

  • A Training Wheel Takeoff. 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.”

If it is raining September 17th, the ride will be rescheduled for on Sunday, September 18th, at 1PM.

Registration for the event is required and can be done before the event.

Releases will be available at the event or you can download one HERE to fill out ahead of time.

Thanks to all our sponsors and partners who help to make these events happen in Lawrence.

Lawrence Fall Community Bike Ride 2016

Comments Invited for the 2015-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) & Program of Projects

mpoLogoLongDevelopment of the 2015-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Program of Projects for the Lawrence Transit System

The TIP is a multi-year listing of federally funded and/or regionally significant projects selected to improve the transportation network for the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Area. The official 30-day public comment period for this TIP starts on September 16, 2014 and will end on October 15, 2014. This TIP Amendment will come before the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board for approval on October 16, 2014. This public notice on the TIP development process satisfies the FTA’s Program of Projects requirements for the Lawrence Transit System.

A new TIP covering all of Douglas County must be created at least once every four years to comply with federal regulations. This TIP includes projects scope, costs and schedules for transportation projects sponsored by Lawrence, Douglas County, Lawrence Transit and KDOT. Public Comments received will be reported and considered by the MPO Policy Board where decisions pertaining to revision this document will be made prior to final approval.

The draft 2015-2019 TIP will be available for public review online at: www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/tip; paper copies are available for review at Lawrence City Hall, Lecompton City Hall, Baldwin City Public Library, Eudora Public Library and Lawrence Public Library.

Written comments may be emailed to jmortinger@lawrenceks.org or mailed to Jessica Mortinger at the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Office, PO Box 708, Lawrence, KS 66044-0708.

Would You Like Riding on a Self-Glowing Bike Path?

Below is a repost from the Atlantic Cities website  written by  John Metcalfe

Britain Is Experimenting With a Glowing, Seemingly Self-Aware Bike Path

Oct 30, 2013

Britain Is Experimenting With a Glowing, Seemingly Self-Aware Bike Path

The spectral blue glow emitted from this British bike path looks like it should be pulsing off of magic crystals inside some miles-deep cavern. But if it saves a rider from road rash or fractured bones, then more power to the folks who made it: Let’s get even more parts of the cycle infrastructure lit up like Marie Curie’s lab table.

The so-called “Starpath” is a type of solar-enhanced liquid and aggregate made by Pro-Teq Surfacing, a company headquartered southwest of London near the awesomely titled town of Staines-upon-Thames. It’s in the prototype phase, with a test path running 460 feet in a Cambridge park called Christ’s Pieces. (The British and their delightful names!) The material works by absorbing UV rays during the day and later releasing them as topaz light. In a weird feature, it can somehow adjust its brightness levels similar to the screen of an iPhone; the path gets dimmer on pitch-black nights “almost like it has a mind of its own,” says Pro-Teq’s owner, Hamish Scott.

The company patented this curious substance to suit the needs of certain thrifty municipalities, which are trying to cut back on their nocturnal electricity bills. Here’s more about the Starpath from its makers:

It is certainly a sustainable surface, perfect for cyclist and disabled access and has a high safety margin with its anti-slip properties. It can also help to reduce the risk of collisions between cyclists and pedestrians at night without having to resort to artificial painted centre lines. The aggregate is a non-reflective light source, the lack of any glare off the surface further enhancing its acceptance in more populated areas. (eg: if this product were to be laid on a driveway in a private residence, there would be no adverse impact on neighboring properties).

Pro-Teq is hoping that governments will embrace its self-aware, supernatural-looking pathway for its energy-saving elements and the ease in which it goes down. The installation is fairly quick (the Cambridge job took about 4 hours), and because it’s a resurfacing technique doesn’t involve the burdensome disassembly and disposal of existing pathways. “The main bulk of the U.K. path network is tarmac, where perhaps it’s coming toward the end of its useful life,” says Pro-Teq pitchman Neil Blackmore in the below video. “We can rejuvenate it with our system, creating not only a practical but a decorative finish that’s certainly with the Starpath also very, very unique.”

No word yet on the private-security guards cities might need to hire to keep the Starpath free from glowstick-waving club kids:

 

Images courtesy of Pro-Teq Surfacing

There’s Still Time Left To Log Miles in the National Bike Challenge

The 2013 National Bike Challenge ends September 30th. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so at nationalbikechallenge.org, and start logging your miles!  Kansas is sitting at #12 nationally, and well behind #11 & #10 but there’s still time!

KanBikeWalk is the statewide coordinator for the National Bike Challenge, and have done a great job working to get the word out.

We need to contact all the bike clubs, health organizations, community clubs, civics organizations, cities, and businesses in the state, to ask them to tell their members, their employees, their customers, about the National Bike Challenge. Ask them to print out the flyer and post it to bulletin boards, ask them to include it in their paper and electronic newsletters, ask them to encourage everyone they know to ride their bikes and log their miles.

Here are some images that individuals, organizations, and businesses can use to publicize the National Bike Challenge. Feel free to copy these images and share them widely.

National Bike Challenge 2013 - Kansas 8.5x11

This is the main 2013 National Bike Challenge poster, formatted to print on 8.5″x11″ paper. Please download the PDF, print in either color or black-and-white, and distribute widely.

Here are some additional images, in various formats, from the official National Bike Challenge marketing materials:

National Bike Challenge 2013

Use this 600×200 banner image for your e-news, email blasts, or web page. Download and save on your computer for use. Link this web banner directly to nationalbikechallenge.org.

National Bike Challenge 2013

Use this 200×200 button image for a smaller space on your website or e-news and link it directly to nationalbikechallenge.org.

Other marketing material available include an 11 x 17 Poster, an 8.5 x 11 One Pager, and a Postcard. All of these are in PDF format for easy printing.

If you have questions about the National Bike Challenge, please refer to the Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ), the Guide for Groups, the Guide for Businesses, as well as the Official Rules and information on awards and the prize program.

If you’re looking for content for a newsletter, this Guide to Bike Safety is a great starting point, and may be freely republished and redistributed.

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