Posted on: Mar 25, 2015

league-logoThe Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and City of Lawrence are bringing the League of American Bicyclists to Lawrence, KS, to offer their national League Certified Instructor training course.

Get certified, insured and equipped to teach:

  • - Basic to college level bicycle skills and safety
  • - Motorist education courses
  • - Group riding skills
  • - Commuting skills to work and school

League Certified Instructors (LCIs) are experts in bicycle education and safety. LCIs teach independently (freelance) and offer classes through schools, parks, bike shops and clubs. Along with certification to teach classes, you’ll receive access to a network of resources including videos, training models, and listserves exclusive to LCIs.

Cost for the training is $300. The Health Department has funding to pay the fees for eight individuals. These individuals will be required to provide 30 hours of bicycle skills and safety lessons in the community. The deadline to apply is April 1 and can be done at For more information, contact Lawrence Recreation Center Programmer Stephen Mason at or 785-832-7950.


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Lawrence – Douglas County Bicycle Advisory Committee Webinars January 7 & 8

Posted on: Jan 02, 2015

BAC-new-logo-final4The Bicycle Advisory Committee is hosting the webinar: Dynamics of Effective Advisory Committees from the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals. Please attend and watch with BAC members.

  • January 7, 2015 12:00 PM-1:00PM
    City Commission Room, Lawrence City Hall
  • January 8, 2015 5:30 PM-6:30PM
    Public Works Conference Room – Ground Floor, Lawrence City Hall

bikewalkWebinar Details: Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committees are critical to making bicycling and walking part of the transportation solution because they add transparency and community engagement to the planning process. This webinar offers guidance about committee
structure, defines roles, and suggests techniques and training to make a group more effective. Case study examples balance the perspectives of staff and advocates, bicycle and pedestrian focus, and regional and local committees. Presenters from the Nashville (Tennessee) MPO and the City of Olympia, Washington, will discuss their committees’ major initiatives and how productive, long-term working groups achieved significant, measurable outcomes.

The Nashville Area MPO assisted in developing a regional bicycle and pedestrian study and an award winning regional transportation plan. As a result of this work, the group was tasked to develop scoring and make funding recommendations related to bike/ped projects. The City of Olympia’s Advisory Committee has successfully focused on improving the pedestrian realm through its involvement with a far-reaching sidewalk funding initiative, a pedestrian crossing improvement program, the redesign of the 4th Avenue bridge, and an innovative neighborhood pathways program.


  • Darren Flusche, Policy Director, League of American Bicyclists
  • Leslie Meehan, Director of Healthy Communities, Nashville Area MPO
  • David Kleinfelter, President, Walk/Bike Nashville
  • Sophie Stimson, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Olympia
  • Recorded March 20, 2013
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Community Meeting Scheduled for 1/14/15 to Talk About Safe Routes to School in Lawrence

Posted on: Jan 02, 2015

Kids should be able to easily walk or ride bikes to school!The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department in conjunction with Lawrence Public Schools, the City of Lawrence and the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization will host a community meeting Jan. 14 to discuss the results of Lawrence’s first data collection about walking and biking to and from school.

The meeting will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the West Middle School cafeteria, 2700 Harvard Road. The Health Department will present the data it collected in fall 2014 in regards to whether children are biking and walking to school, and what factors contribute to parent and student decisions about walking and biking to school. As part of the data collecting process:

  • 18 public and private elementary and middle schools participated
  • More than 1,600 parent surveys were submitted
  • 350 classrooms provided student travel tallies

After the presentation, community members will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions. School teams also will meet to
work on the next steps for their Safe Routes to School plans.

“We live in a culture where children walking or biking to school is no longer the norm, but what we are learning is parents and children want the opportunity to walk or bike to school,” said Community Health Director Chris Tilden, of the Health Department. “There are ust a lot of perceived barriers, primarily linked to safety and convenience. By launching a Safe Routes to School program, we’re looking to tackle those barriers.”

Denise Johnson, Lawrence School District wellness coordinator, said the Safe Routes to School program is part of the solution to increase
physical activity and improve unsafe walking and bicycling conditions.

“Helping to set healthy goals for students and staff has been a goal of the district. Walking and biking to school can contribute to lifelong habits and can help to incorporate physical activity into daily routines. Partnering with the community allows us to expand that goal.”

To learn more about the Lawrence Safe Routes to School initiative, visit:

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Where to Ride in Kansas 2015

Posted on: Jan 02, 2015

14-15-KS-bike-mapA new year has begun and maybe as a part of your 2015 plans you are trying to plan where to ride this year.

Here’s something that will help.  The 2014-2015 Kansas Bicycle Map is free to download from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Another handy page is their city biking maps download page.


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Octoginta Fall Classic & Events

Posted on: Oct 09, 2014

10349897_798194596878754_8848744078817776979_nJoin the Lawrence Bicycle Club and hundreds of other cyclists for the traditional wind-up event of the year. In its 45th year, the Octoginta is truly a fall classic. So come join the festivities this fall. It’s never been better!

Known as one of the best rides in the Midwest, the 2014 Octoginta promises to be another great end-of-season ride. The Lawrence Bicycle Club prides itself in going the extra mile to give you the best SAGs and support along with the gorgeous fall foliage that combine for a ride you’ll never forget.

The Sunflower Bike Shop will again be providing a full breakfast with all of the trimmings as a part of their sponsorship of Octoginta. You won’t want to skip this SAG unless you were hoping to lose weight on the ride.

The Octoginta lunch SAG, at the end of the ride, features a hearty minestrone soup that satisfies vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.

Here’s the rundown:

Saturday, October 11

7-8:15 a.m. – Time Trial

Registration is between 7-8:15 a.m. Start off the Octoginta Weekend by testing yourself in “the race of truth” – an individual time trial! Categories available for all ages and skills.

Riders start at one minute intervals and race out and back over the 10 km. (6.2 mi.) course. This event will also serve as a fundraiser for Women’s Free State Racing Team.

Historic Lecomption High School, 620 E. Woodson, Lecompton, KS 66050

$25 except age 10-18 FREE! Pre-registration information is available at Event held under USA Cycling (USAC) permit. All USAC rules apply. All participants must have USAC annual license or purchase one-day license for $10.

Emily Wamsley,

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Pre-registration

Come down to South Park, on Massachusetts St., between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. to register and pickup your packets. Beat the Sunday morning rush and register on Saturday!

9:30 a.m. – Tour de County

Enjoy this 30-mile round-trip ride through pastoral Douglas County. Return for brunch at downtown Lawrence. The ride departs from South Park, with a SAG at the halfway point. $5

2 p.m. Swap Meet

Looking for something? Want to get rid of something but can’t quite bring yourself to throw it away? Come and enjoy the festivities at South Park on Massachusetts street.. There will be various vendors as well as the traditional SWAP meet.

Check back here for further details on which vendors will be attending.

Sunday, October 12

7 a.m. Ride-day Registration & Check-in

Late registration & check-in begins at 7 a.m. at South Park on Massachusetts street.

8:30 a.m. – Ride Start

The mass start begins at 8:30 a.m. at South Park on Massachusetts Street near downtown. Please be registered and checked in before this time.

Another beautiful route has been chosen for this year’s 80-mile tour through northeast Kansas. In addition to the 80-mile ride, there will be a shorter route around 45-miles. View the fall colors as you bicycle scenic country roads.

Sunflower Bike Shop‘s SAG has become famous for its breakfast fare of bacon, sausage, eggs, French toast and extras sure to fuel up the hungriest cyclist.

The Lawrence Bicycle Club will be serving the traditional minestrone soup and sandwich lunch acclaimed as the best of any ride in the Midwest. Lunch will be served at South Park.

Cycle Works will be performing emergency repairs.


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