Douglass Country Community Foundation Program and Communications Officer Marilyn Hull and Douglas Country Community Health Department Community Health Planner (and Lawrence Central Rotary Member) Charlie Bryan came to present the findings of the Lawrence Pedestrian Bicycle Issues Task Force Report released earlier this year.
The Task Force’s mission is “use community input and research to recommend ways to create a healthier, safer, greener, more prosperous Lawrence by making it easier for residents and visitors of all ages, abilities, and incomes to walk, ride a bike, or use a wheelchair or other mobility device for everyday transportation and recreation.”
The big takeaway from the report is that virtually every Lawrence citizen walks, wheels or rides a bike in the course of a week. From the report:
It may be as simple as walking or wheeling from a car or bus stop to a grocery store or doctor’s office. It may be riding a bike to school, or walking to work, or wheeling to a downtown event. Everybody needs safe ways to move around the community.
Because the need is universal, the City of Lawrence Pedestrian-Bicycle Issues Task Force has taken an inclusive approach to studying our walking, wheeling and bike-riding environment. Our findings and recommendations are geared toward providing additional safety and comfort for all ages and abilities.
They also pointed out that Lawrence has 72 linear miles of streets with no sidewalks. The report asserts that Lawrence’s sidewalk maintenance policy is ineffective, resulting in a deteriorating pedestrian network. Many sidewalks don’t provide adequate access for people with disabilities or seniors with mobility limitations.
They also showed members a recommended map of upgrades and additions to the local bike and multi-use path network that would ultimately complete the loop around Lawrence.
If you are interested in more information please visit the Pedestrian-Bicycle Issues Task Force at https://www.lawrenceks.org/ped-bike
Plans have been made, 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 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.
Lawrence Central members Janice Bunker and Fred Aitchison spent a morning going out to Lawrence’s Woodlawn school to provide and fit 9 helmets for kids riding to school who did not have any way to get helmets and were not able to come to the community bicycle rides.
One of Lawrence Central’s goals as a club is to get more and more people to be able to have an active lifestyle but we also want them to be safe. Medical research shows that a bicycle helmet can prevent most cyclist head injuries. Nearly 700 bicycle riders are killed in the U.S. every year, almost all in collisions with cars, and sadly 75% of them die of head injuries. Many thousands more suffer less severe but still debilitating injuries that are far worse than the physical pain of scraped skin or even broken bones.
If you are a educator at a local school and are aware of children who are in need of a helmet (and possibly a bike) please contact us at LawrenceCentralRotary@gmail.com.