Help Support the Heritage Grant Application!

Posted on: Mar 06, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 1.15.25 PMLawrence Central Rotary who maintains the Ride Lawrence project is excited and fully endorses the extension of the Burroughs Creek Trail, The Lawrence Cultural District, and provided a letter of support for the recent KDOT grant application for completion of the Burroughs Creek Trail.  That grant application has been submitted and we anxiously await hearing the results.

One of the things we have heard in this process is how important these letters of support are in getting the grant funding.   As we await the results of the KDOT grant, we have been hard at work identifying more funding to make the trail and the Lawrence Cultural District the best, and most compelling it can be.  We are providing, and are asking our readers also to write a support letter (personal or from your business, civic group, or organization)  to addressed to the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council for a Heritage Conservation Grant.

These grant funds will be used to study, design, and implement a unified and potentially interactive system of historical, cultural, and natural markers and way-finding for the trail and the Cultural District.  The process will include community input with professional facilitation.  The grant applicant is the City of Lawrence.

The text below is the summary from the Heritage Grant Application:

This project will identify, interpret, and connect the historical, cultural and natural nodes throughout the Lawrence Cultural District, integrating pre-Civil War, Civil War, and ongoing themes of Lawrence’s iconoclastic heritage. Capitalizing on the current momentum of public and private investment in this district, the project will encourage public access to and engagement with the heritage of Douglas County.  The project will result in a coherent and professionally developed urban plan and design through stakeholder collaboration.  Other outcomes will include educational and marketing materials, and a lasting network of artistic, permanent and potentially interactive markers that identify and interpret elements of our history in the core of Douglas County.  The project will encourage tourism and economic development, and compliment the Douglas County vision for community wellness, engagement, and connectivity.
This DCHF funded project is one aspect of a comprehensive project that will include:1) extending the Burroughs Creek Trail; 2) a complete renovation of 9th Street from Delaware to Massachusetts; 3) a Lawrence Cultural District Public Art Project; 4) ongoing private and municipal development and investment.

It is Lawrence Central Rotary and Ride Lawrence’s belief that completion of the trail and installation of an artistic, unique, and interactive system of markers and way-finding will help Lawrence continue to be the best place in the State of Kansas to live, work, learn, and play.

The Deadline for providing a letter of support is March 10 (you can also send them directly or email them to Heather Hoy )

The grant applicant is : The City of Lawrence

Address letters as follows:

Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council
Douglas County Courthouse
1100 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS, 66044

Just a little time on your part can help to make our community a wonderful place to to explore whether it be on a bike or on foot.


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Lawrence is a Great Place!

Posted on: Feb 13, 2014

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce put together a great video of why people love it here in Lawrence and one of our own Ride Lawrence bike racks is featured at the 1:02 point!

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You Can Make Difference – Lawrence Douglas County Bicycle Advisory Committee Needs People

Posted on: Jan 29, 2014

BAC-new-logo-final4The Lawrence Douglas County Bicycle Advisory Committee is looking to fill two member seats at large, for positions Lecompton and Baldwin City have elected not to fill through their appointments. The first consideration for appointments will be at our February 4th, 2014 meeting. Please attend the February 4th meeting if you are interested in serving a three year term on the BAC.

Please find the agenda packet for our next BAC Meeting on February 4th, 2014 at the following link:
This meeting will be held in the Public Works Conference Room, Lawrence City Hall, 6 East 6th Street, at 5:00pm.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Bicycle Advisory Committee provides a communication linkage between the City and County Commissions and the community on bicycling related issues. The Committee works to improve bicycle safety and awareness through education of motorists and non-motorists; review, update, and oversee the distribution of the City’s Biking Map; seek information from multiple sources on current trends, programs, and facilities outside the local area; and promote bicycle awareness by coordinating activities with the City, County, the school district, universities, and the local bicycle clubs.

For questions please contact:

Jessica Mortinger, AICP, Transportation Planner –
Lawrence – Douglas County Planning & Development Services |
City Hall  6 East 6th Street
P. O. Box 708 Lawrence, KS 66044-0708
office (785) 832-3165 | fax (785) 832-3160

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Ride Lawrence is Looking For a Few Good People

Posted on: Jan 03, 2014

Uncle-SamRide Lawrence is run by volunteers and is always looking for help with posting information about local biking events and for individuals to add relevant content to the site.

Our directive is to continue to be a clearinghouse for any bicycling information in the City of Lawrence, the Douglas County Kansas area and beyond.  We also post interesting bicycle related stories to our social media outlets.

If this sounds interesting to you email Tobin Neis to discuss. We want to continue to build our presence and awareness of this resource and with your help it can only get better.

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Support the Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Act

Posted on: Dec 05, 2013

league-logoRecently, a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced identical bills (HR 3494 and S 1708) — the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act — to help reduce the number of bicycle and pedestrian fatalities on American roadways. Review our resources on safety and learn more about how you can help support this important piece of legislation below. Here is League of American Bicyclists President Andy Clarke’s statement on the legislation.

“Dramatically reducing the number of people biking and walking who are killed and seriously injured on our roadways is critical for two very compelling reasons.

First, this is about much more than just statistics – every one of these fatal crashes robs a family, a community and our nation of a precious human life. The costs to society are huge, and these are usually very preventable crashes.

Second, bicycling and walking are healthy and enjoyable ways to get around that we should be doing everything possible to promote: we know that lack of safety is a major deterrent to people walking and riding more frequently, and we know exactly what we can do to improve traffic safety – not just for people riding bikes and walking but for everyone on our roads.

Establishing simple safety performance measures – holding ourselves accountable to eliminate these needless crashes – will prioritize roadway designs that are safe for all users, and encourage education and enforcement programs that rid our communities of the scourge of distracted driving, speeding, and drunk/drugged/drowsy driving. That’s good for everybody.

Bicyclists and pedestrians make up an increasingly large percentage of all roadway fatalities and serious injuries – and in a handful of states the issue is particularly acute. States such as Florida, California, New York and Texas need the backing of the Federal government to tackle this problem head-on, and every State in the nation can play a role in making biking safer and encouraging more people to ride.”

The League has compiled a media packet for advocates to spread the word and gather support for this vitally important piece of legislation:

·         Take Action: Tell your congressional lawmakers to support this bill.
·         More on HR 3494 and S 1708
·         Fact Sheet
·         Chart breaking down the numbers
·         Safety Resources and League ‘Rules of the Road’

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