On Saturday morning, July 15, Lawrence Central Rotary will welcome bicyclists to the seventh annual Community Bike Ride at the Rotary Arboretum in west Lawrence. This event is the first of two rides that the club provides each year. The other 2017 ride will take place on Saturday, September 16, beginning and ending in the stadium parking lot at Haskell University. Watch for additional details in the coming weeks.
Steve Lane is the instigator, inspiration, and organizer of Lawrence Central Rotary’s signature even. Now rolling into his seventh season leading the project, Steve continues to manage the effort with skill and enthusiasm. The club held the first Community Bike Rides in 2010, funded by grant money from LiveWell Lawrence.
The club has collected over $4,000 in sponsorships from multiple donors for the 2017 rides. The financial support allows them to give away bike helmets and safety vests to riders. In addition to providing a safe and friendly ride, the event features a training wheel take-off clinic, bike maintenance checks, healthy snacks, and inflatable fun. This season, there will be a special seventh-anniversary t-shirt available as well.