We posted the save the date – and now here are all the details..
Be sure if you’re stopping in at any of the sponsors of this year’s rides to thank them for supporting a safe way for people to get into bicycling and an active lifestyle here in Lawrence, and Douglas County.
The dates are set, the sponsors are on board. It’s going to be great! More info Coming soon or check out the facebook pages by clicking on the images.
May is designated as National Bike month each year. Several community organizations in the Be Active Safe Routes community partnership are working with the city to encourage everyone to get out and bike around town this month (and every month). Here are some ways to get out and celebrate Bike Month:
- National Bike to Work Week is May 16-20. Try bicycling to work and encourage your co-workers to do the same.
- Lawrence is participating in the National Bike Challenge – a nationwide event to unite thousands of current bicyclists and encourage new riders. Sign up at www.nationalbikechallenge.org to join the challenge to track your miles or sign up a team to compete with your friends, family or co-workers.
- Take a ride with the City Commissioners on Tuesday, May 17. Meet at City Hall at 4:30 to take a quick ride around town to celebrate National Bike Month.
- Take the Confident, Capable Commuters Class through Lawrence Parks and Recreation. Learn how to ride safely in traffic, basic bike maintenance and much more. Contact email@example.com or call (785) 832-7950 for more information and class times.
- Sign up for the week-long Youth Cycling Camp through Lawrence Parks and Recreation in June.
- The Lawrence Public Library’s Summer Reading program is encouraging people to participate in Bike Middle Earth – a fun way to combine your love of reading with staying healthy. Find out details on the program at www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/walkingtorivendell/ and log your miles to Middle Earth.
- Tune up your bike at a free bike stand around Lawrence. There are four locations now with five more planned soon.
- Track your routes ahead of time by using the city’s online Bicycle Rideability Map or pick one up at City Hall, KU Parking and Transit, Cycleworks, Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop or Ambler Student Recreation Center.
- Take your bike on the bus – by combining transit and bicycling, you can get farther in Lawrence without using your personal car and saving that gas money for something else.
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 new 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. Camp will be headquartered in Hobbs Park, 702 E. 11th St., and travel will be done on sidewalks and there will be a 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 noon – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 6-10 and June 20-24. Cost is $90 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=3257000 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.
One of the local Lawrence bike shops just posted a really great new resource.
People looking for new places to ride your bike can visit the “Maps” page of Sunflower’s site. They’ve assembled (and will continue to compile) a list of great riding routes around Lawrence for all skill levels of riders.
Two great ones for families are below.. but be sure to check them all out!
Family Ride: Outside for a Better Inside and the Kaw
Getting to the new trail along the Kansas River (The Kaw) involves some sidewalk riding along Kentucky St., but once you’re on the trail it’s car-free along the river and then around the old quarry (now a lake) that forms the Outside for a Better Inside Trail. Plenty of opportunities to see wildlife along the river and feel some wilderness in the heart of the City.
Family Ride: Burroughs Creek Trail
Riding with the family usually means finding car-free zones that offer distractions on the ride and shorter distances. The Burroughs Creek Trail, a former rail line ticks all the boxes in that regard once you get on the trail. Playgrounds, water fountains, and a railroad grade (nothing over 3%) are hallmarks of this very casual ride. Take in as much as you like and head back Downtown for some ice cream!