2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Count – Volunteers Needed!

Posted on: Aug 12, 2014

P1070682Your help is needed!

Lawrence, Eudora & Baldwin City use the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project method to count bicyclists and pedestrians annually throughout our area. Although this effort is led by staff, it would not be possible without the many community volunteers who help during the month of September to count at various locations for two-hour periods.

Data collected on bicycling and walking will assist City and Regional Leaders with estimating usage and demand for bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The counts will also be used to track the region’s progress on increasing biking & walking, strengthen grant applications to leverage additional funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects, evaluate existing projects, and help determine the location of future investments. The more people who participate, the more locations get counted. The local counts will also become part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project’s national database of biking and walking trends.

Volunteer with us to conduct a bicycle and pedestrian count!

Volunteer expectations:

  • New volunteers need to attend a 30 minute training and collect their supplies (see flyer for details),
  • Participate during one of the follow count times(see flyer for details),
  • Stay for the entire count time, and
  • Record the number of bicyclists and pedestrians passing through the area.

If you would like to participate in this project, sign up online at http://lawrenceks.org/mpo/volunteer or contact Jessica Mortinger at jmortinger@lawrenceks.org
Volunteers Needed 2014

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Over 100 Families Visit Summer Community Bike Ride!

Posted on: Jul 22, 2014

IMG_9531Who would have thought it was the third week in July in Lawrence! Approximately 175 people came out over the course of Saturday morning to participate in the 4th annual Lawrence Community Bike Ride at Lawrence’s Rotary Arboretum.

There was a 10 mile (actually 11.1) mile ride that rolled out at 8:00am followed by a three mile ride out to Clinton Park’s Sander’s Mound at 8:30 whole local kids rode around the 1 mile closed loop at around the Arboretum throughout the morning.

Funds raised were used to purchase kid’s bike helmets that were free to kids who came and they were also fitted on-site to make sure there was a proper fit.

RideLawrence.com is a service of the Lawrence Central Rotary and we’d again like to thank all the sponsors who make this event possible:  Anderson Rentals, The Merc, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike, Lawrence Econolodge, Ryde Barre, Ortho Kansas, McDonalds, GP Velotek, Lawrence Bicycle Club, Lawrence Community Hospital, Safe Kids Douglas County, and Bev West Creative.

We’re in the planning stages for a new fall Community Bike Ride on Lawrence’s East side starting from the Haskell University Stadium Parking lot and riding the Burroughs Creek Trail. The Ride is scheduled for September 20th and more information if coming soon. If you’d like to be a part and volunteer or help sponsor please email us at lawrencecentralrotary@gmail.com.

Below is a galley of images we took on Saturday – enjoy!

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Lawrence Community Bike Ride Next Saturday 7/19

Posted on: Jul 12, 2014

Lawrence Kansas Community Bike RideLawrence Central Rotary Club is hosting a Lawrence Community Bike Ride on Saturday, July 19, at the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum, 5100 W. 27th St., near the Youth Sports Complex soccer fields. The event is open to anyone and there is no cost to participate.

There will be three rides to choose from and they all travel along the South Lawrence Trafficway bicycle path, a paved surface that is a car-free environment:

  • Ten-mile ride. It begins at 8 a.m. and travels almost to the Lecompton interchange on the Kansas Turnpike and back.
  • Three-mile ride. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and goes to the Clinton Lake Overlook and back.
  • One-mile ride. It loops around the pond at the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum and is available anytime between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Other activities from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. include:

  • A Training Wheel Takeoff. Experts will help children who are ready to take off their training wheels in a safe environment.
  • Safety Zone. Safe Kids Douglas County will help outfit children with helmets while supplies last and provide bicycling safety tips.

“We hope more and more people discover cycling 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 of Lawrence.”

Participants should wear a bicycle helmet and they are encouraged to bring water and wear sunscreen. This is the third year for the Community Bike Ride. The first event in 2011 drew 50 participants, followed by 125 in 2012. Last year’s event was rained out.

If it is raining July 19, the ride will be held on Sunday, July 20, at the same times. Registration for the event is required and can be done before the event. For more information, visit ridelawrence.com.

Releases will be available at the event or you can download one HERE.


Safe Kids Douglass County Econo Lodge University KS153 Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop Ortho Kansas RydeBarre Cycle & Sculpt Lawrence Memorial Hospital Lawrence Bicycle Club McDonalds Ride Lawrence Bev West The Merc Lawrence Central Rotary Team GP VeloTek Anderson Rentals Map to Lawrence Rotary Arboretum Lawrence Central Rotary


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The Tour of Lawrence 2014 Needs Your Help!

Posted on: Jun 11, 2014

Think about Volunteering – Sign Up Online – Volunteers are needed for shifts on June 28th & June 29th

Shifts & volunteer check in locations:

Saturday (June 28) @ Spencer Art Museum (Mississippi Street)
shift 1: 8:00am — shift 2: 11:30am — shift 3: 2:30pm

Sunday (June 29) @ 8th & Mass
shift 1: 7:30am — shift 2: 10:30am — shift 3: 2:30pm

 For more information about the volunteer duties and FAQ visit http://www.touroflawrence.com/volunteers.php

Thank you for you interest in volunteering with the Tour of Lawrence. Volunteers are the driving force of any large community event, and your participation makes the Tour of Lawrence possible. For more information contact volunteer coordinator Lauren James at volunteer@touroflawrence.com.

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Pizzza Ride Starts Tonight! (June 9th)

Posted on: Jun 09, 2014

Pizzza RideUPDATE: Note about Tonight’s June 9th Pizza Ride. Rain or Shine, lighting is a no go. If we can’t ride we can still eat pizza! Come meet Kyle Rainey and hear his blow by blow account of placing 3rd at Cry Baby hill at Tulsa Tough! Stage 6pm, roll 6:30pm.

What: Ride Bike, Eat Pizzza, Change World!

Who: Any youth bicyclists of any ability. Age 6 and up.

When: Monday June 9th, Stage at 6pm, Ride begins 6:30pm

This event happens about twice a month June to August.

Where: Meet at the original Johnny’s Tavern in Lawrence in North Lawrence. Park in the parking lot to the West.

Why: Why not! You might be into bikes as transportation, a sport, a way of life, better living, or anything you care about. Will ride together, eat together, and of course change the world one pedal stroke at a time.

FREE Pizzza for kids 18 and under, Adults $5 donation requested.

Course: We’ll ride out on top of the Kansas River Levee which is smooth crushed gravel. Any type of bike is fine. It’s 10 miles round trip, but we’ll have ride guides for anyone who wants to go 1, 3 or 5 miles. Just have fun and pedal at your own pace.

Requirements: Parents must sign waiver for kids under 18, gotta have a helmet because you don’t want to learn your ABC’s twice. Bike needs air in tires. We have some loaner bikes, but must contact in advance.

This is a live action, organic event that is kid driven. Stay tuned for future dates, twitter page, etc… Thanks Anderson Rentals, Inc.Team 360 and Team GP VeloTek.

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