Over 200+ riders and volunteers (a record attendance) came out Saturday morning, July 21st for the 8th annual Summer Larence Community Bike Ride at the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum.
Lawrence Central Rotary’s annual event aimed at getting people out to enjoy the outdoors, by sponsoring the leisurely bike rides of various lengths starting from the Rotary Arboretum.
Sponsors from around the community and region help make this event possible, and one of the highlights of the event is that people in need of a safety helmet can be fitted on site. T-shirts and high visibility safety vests are also handed out to attendees so after the event when they are biking around the community they can be more easily seen.
If you missed this summer’s event the good news is that it will be held again this fall on Lawrence’s Eastside. The Fall Community Bike Ride is scheduled for Saturday, Sept 15th starting from the Haskell Indian Nations Stadium Parking Lot. The ride will be along the Burrough’s Creek Trail. For more information check back or our social media outlets.
Here’s a gallery of pictures taken by Lynn O’Neal, Leilani Tuttle, and Tobin Neis.
Pictures from the 8th Annual Lawrence Community Bike Ride organized by the Lawrence Central Rotary Club. The ride began…
Posted by Ride Lawrence on Sunday, July 22, 2018
We’ve reserved the space, got the sponsors, now we need you to come out and enjoy the Summer 2018 Lawrence Community Bike Ride!
Here’s what we’ve got on tap for this year’s event:
- Family Friendly Bike Ride With Safety
- Kids Helmet fitting
- Safety Vest Giveaway
- Training Wheel Takeoff Area
- Bike Checkup & Maintenance area
- Healthy Snack Zone provided by The Merc
- The always popular Lawrence Kids Calendar Kids Inflatable Zone!
We have some new rides planned too!
- 1-Mile “Arboretum” loop
- 4-Mile “Family” ride to Sanders Mound
- 6-Mile “Bob-Billings” ride….new for 2018
- 8-Mile “6th-Street” ride….new for 2018
- 12-Mile “I-70” ride with SAG stop (by the Lawrence Bicycle Club)
Thanks to all our sponsors these annual events just get better and better.
All riders must fill out a release you can download one from this LINK.
(We’ll have them on hand too.)
Get this on your calendar! We look forward to seeing you!
The annual Community Bike Ride has become not only a celebrated event in Lawrence, but also an anticipated tradition in Steve Lane’s family.
“On March 21st my son, who is eight years old, came to me so excited,” said Lane. “‘Dad, it’s only four months to the Community Bike Ride!'” Now entering its eight year, the bike ride has been part of his entire life.
The idea for the Community Bike Ride was born in 2009. Lawrence Central Rotary club members met with Marilyn Hall, of Douglas County Community Foundation. The club was looking to discern:
- What do we want to do in this community?
- What do we stand for?
Hall shared that the Foundation had identified that while there was a strong local biking community, it was not accessible to families. Recreational opportunities were geared toward high-end riders.
With support from the Foundation, the Club built RideLawrence.com and had enough funds to manage two years of the ride.
While the activities at the ride and sponsorships and partnerships have increased, the purpose of the ride has remained the same, to promote biking as a fun and healthy activity for families.
Be predictable! Kirsten Yunuba Stephens underlines that advice to all bicyclists and to those who share the road with them.
Stephens volunteers her time to teach “Bicycle Friendly Drivers” in Lawrence on behalf of the Lawrence Bicycle Club. Based on a program developed by the City of Fort Collins, CO, the course briefs drivers of cars and other motorized vehicles about the rules of the road when they encounter bicyclists. The hour-long interactive class is “aimed at educating all drivers on the best and safest ways to share the road with people on bicycles.” Kirsten has incorporated photographs of Lawrence streets to help learners envision problem situations.
Many drivers are surprised to learn that:
- Bicyclists must follow the same rules of the road that cars and other vehicles do.
- Bicyclists can legally “take the lane” and ride in the middle of road.
- It’s okay for two bicyclists to ride side by side.
- Cars should stay at least three feet away from bicyclists.
- Many accidents occur when vehicle drivers making a right-hand turn don’t check for cyclists coming on their right.
Lawrence Central Rotarians braved the cold morning on Saturday, April 7, to fit bicycle helmets for children who attended the Joy Ride sponsored by Gravel Grinders.