The Lawrence-Douglas County Bicycle Advisory Committee has invited local biking enthusiasts to celebrate the installation of five bike repair stands, two bike corrals, and twenty-two inverted U racks as a result of a LiveWell Lawrence Community Wellness Grant.
These facilities will provide accessible repair stands for bicyclists to make repairs or adjustments as well as additional secure bicycle parking downtown. Visit www.lawrenceks.org/lprd/bike to view the other new bike repair stand locations.
The celebration is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, in front of the parking garage at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont Street.
Plans have been made and volunteers have been scheduled so that this Saturday 7/16 anyone can come out to the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum and participate in this year’s summer Community Bike Ride.
The rides and activities start at 8:00 am 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 for kiddos who want to the 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.
What a great way to spend a Saturday morning! We hope to see everyone there!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.