A Huge Win For Biking In Lawrence: Sunflower Foundation Awards Grand To Develop Community Trails

Posted on: Aug 29, 2014
Sunflower Foundation

Thanks to a grant from the Sunflower Foundation Lawrence residents soon have an ADA friendly path in Burcham park.

The Sunflower Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded $290,879 to seven communities and one school district to build new public trails or enhance existing ones.

“It’s a pleasure to grow the Sunflower Trails family, creating more and more outdoor space for communities to share,” said Billie Hall, President and CEO of the Sunflower Foundation.

“What started as a way to help communities enhance their built environment has evolved over ten years into a dynamic way to engage people around health and wellness,” Hall said. “Each project reflects its unique community, and it’s exciting to see the creative ways each trail is used.”

So far, the program has helped fund more than 125 trail projects across the state. You can find Sunflower Trails near you with this trail finder: http://SunflowerFoundation.org/TrailFinder.

Lawrence is one of the recipients where a popular footpath along the Kansas River in Douglas County will soon be much more accessible thanks to this community driven project. The city plans to open the new 10 foot wide, ADA friendly trail by spring of 2015. The improved trail — located in Lawrence’s Burcham Park — will connect several existing trails, including a recently completed one behind Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.

Other recipients include:

  • City of Derby – Madison Avenue Central Park
  • City of Roeland Park Volunteers in Roeland Park are working to restore an urban green space called “R Park.”
  • Riley County The Riley County Parks Department is creating new green space for the people of Manhattan to enjoy.
  • City of Conway Springs Conway Springs in Sumner County plans to build its first community trail this fall.
  • City of Paola This seven-mile trail will encircle Lake Miola just outside of town.
  • City of Tonganoxie The popular Chieftain Trail in Tonganoxie will be enhanced.
  • USD #233 Olathe Public Schools Sunnyside Elementary School will build a ¼Zmile asphalt trail loop just inside the school yard.

Since its inception in 2005, the Sunflower Trails program has helped more than 125 trail projects in more than 45 Kansas counties. For additional information about the Sunflower Trails program, please contact Sunflower Trails program officer at Elizabeth Stewart estewart@sunflowerfoundation.org or (785) 232Z3000.

The mission of the Sunflower Foundation is to serve as a catalyst for improving the health of Kansans, which it supports through a program of grants and related activities. Further details about the foundation’s programs and grants are available at SunflowerFoundation.org.

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Fall Bike Ride Set for September 20th

Posted on: Aug 25, 2014

Lawrence Kansas Community Bike RideLawrence Central Rotary Club is hosting the fall 2014 Lawrence Community Bike Ride on Saturday, September 20th, at the Haskell University stadium parking area and using the Burroughs Creek Trail .

The event is open to anyone and there is no cost to participate.

There will be a three mile ride along the Burroughs Creek Trail.

Other activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. include:

  • A Training Wheel Takeoff. Experts will help children who are ready to take off their training wheels in a safe environment.
  • Bike Rodeo. Kids can practice and improve their riding skills
  • Bike Helmet Fitting and Giveaway. Safe Kids with LMH will help outfit kids with helmets, while supplies last, along with providing cycling safety tips for kids of all ages – and for adults too!

“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 September 20th, the ride will be rescheduled for on Sunday, September 21, at 1PM.

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.

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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.

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