Tour of Lawrence’s Bob Sanner Discusses the 2015 Race

ToL2015_Logo100x202The Tour of Lawrence was a three day  cycling celebration that began downtown on June  26 with street sprints and an evening of music and family entertainment.

Saturday the Campus Criterium Race showcased Haskell Indian Nations  University and the Breezedale Historic District with a 2.2 mile loop bicycle course, followed by at Downtown Criterium that used the former two-time Collegiate National Championship course. Case prizes for the weekend totaled over $20,000.

Bob SannerBob Sanner of the Lawrence Convention and Visitors’ Bureau said events like this help bring the community together and also get national attention for Lawrence.

“Seven hundred riders in the race and 2500 people downtown help create the idea that Lawrence is THE Midwest events destination,”  Sanner said. “It helps sell Lawrence to corporations and shows companies that they should bring their events, conferences and meetings to Lawrence.

“Our downtown track meet even got international attention. All these events demonstrate what Lawrence can do.”

Sanner said he is thankful for volunteers, some of whom came from Central Rotary, who man these events.  He believe in promoting  events on social media using the slogans “Explore Lawrence,” and “Unmistakably Lawrence.”

“Being a university community helps,” he said. “There’s a youthful vibe  that I really  enjoy.”

The Summer Community Bike Ride is One Month Away!

Lawrence Central Rotary is really excited about  our 5th annual summer community bike ride and hope you can make it out to spend a great morning with us!
Details
Date: Saturday July 18th, 8:00 A.M. for the longer ride and 8:30 A.M. for the shorter ride. Both rides will conclude by 10:30 (or earlier). There are three total ride options this morning – accessible to all ages and abilities.
Location: YSC Soccer Fields (Rotary Arboretum)
The event is full of free fun for everyone. Please see the flyer attached for more specifics and please share this with those who might be interested!
See you in a month!
July CBR Flyer 2015

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department Annual Helmet Fair is This Weekend!

LDCFS-Bike-HelmetThe Fire Medical Department will hold their annual Helmet Fair on Saturday, April 25th on the University of Kansas campus alongside the annual Spring Football Scrimmage. The event will be the parking lot just West of Memorial Stadium in Lot 58. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is free to attend.

Immediately following the Helmet Fair, the KU Spring Football Scrimmage will take place at 1:00 p.m. in Memorial Stadium.

At the event, public safety staff will be on hand to provide and custom-fit bike helmets for children age 15 and younger (with an adult, while supplies last). Participants can have their bicycle inspected and take a ride on the Safe Ride Course. Staff will provide information on bicycle safety tips, bike trail etiquette, booster seat safety and swimming safety.

The Hyvee Hawk Zone will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. featuring family-friendly inflatables, face painting, music and appearances by Big Jay and Baby Jay.

The city’s Police and Fire-Medical Departments and Kansas University Public Safety are joining efforts to provide this event, along with several private and non-profit business partners including Kansas Athletics, Laird Noller, Safe Kids Douglas County, McDonalds, Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop, Douglas County Medical Society, Lawrence Mountain Bike Club, Dillons, Ranjbar Orthodontics and Lawrence Pilot Club.

Contact the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department at (785)
830-7000 for more information.

Chris Tilden & Charlie Bryan Discuss the Roadmap to a Healthier Douglas County.

Chris TildenCurrently, only 14.2% of children in Lawrence walk or bike to school.  The majority of children are driven by their parents, according to survey results compiled by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.

The reasons vary.  Many parents are worried about children crossing busy streets without assistance.  They may believe that the school is too far away or that the weather can be too severe.  Some are concerned about the danger of potential crime.  Many do not believe that the school district even encourages their children to walk or bike on a routine basis.

Chris Tilden, Director of the Community Health division of Douglas County-Lawrence Community Health Department,  noted that new grants have allowed expansion of the initiatives for improving community health in Lawrence and the surrounding county.  In particular, Community Health has received a $1.3 million grant to promote physical activity, one of five areas of emphasis in the Health Department’s five-year plan, Roadmap to a Healthier Douglas County.  One way to reach that physical activity goal for children is to encourage them to walk or bike to school.

Charlie Bryan, Planner in Community Health, reviewed statistics gathered in a recent Lawrence-wide survey to assess the this need and described the initiative developed in response.  “Safe Routes to School” hopes to increase biking and walking by 25% over the next five years.  The program “uses a comprehensive approach to make walking and biking to school safe and fun for students.  In Lawrence, we use Evaluation, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering, and Equity to prioritize Safe Routes decision-making.”

Lawrence Central Rotary will be one of the sponsors of a town hall meeting and safety fair on March 25, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Liberty Hall to raise awareness of this initiative.

Local Bicycle Enthusiasts Are Working to Unchain Lawrence

lawrence_unchained-peepsLawrence Central was visited by the founders of a growing grass-roots movement in the US to get people on bikes by creating spaces where old bikes can be rehabilitated, where people can rediscover bicycling, learn how to maintain their bikes and learn how to bicycle safely and legally.

Lawrence Unchained was founded in 2014 by Michele Berendsen, Lisa Hallberg, and Jessica Mortinger.  All three are avid cyclists who were inspired by initiatives in Topeka – Topeka Community Cycle Project – and in Kansas City – Revolve KC and 816 Bicycle Collective, as well as other similar shops.

The founders make bicycling a part of daily life, both as regular bicycle commuters to jobs in and around Lawrence, Kansas, and also as social and sport cyclists.

Their mission is to share the enjoyment that bicycling brings to our lives to others in the area by advocating for cycling, by teaching safe bicycling techniques and, most importantly, bringing old bicycles out of sheds and basements and garages and getting them back to life and back on the street.

Lawrence Unchained first bicycle pop-up event with the Lawrence Community Shelter happened in September.  Attendees, in exchange for committing time to learn bicycle basics and taking a safety ride received refurbished bikes complete with  lights, locks and helmets.

Right now they have lots of bikes but are looking for a place to set up shop where people can come in, volunteer time, learn biking basics, and be able to eventually have dependable basic bicycling transportation and know how to be safe while doing it.

The three will happily discuss how to get anywhere around the region on a bike.  Michele even explained to someone how to get back and forth from Lawrence to Johnson County and that The Joe will let people take their bikes on it and drops you off at the KU Edwards campus.

The group recently submitted their 501-C3 tax paperwork and were granted non-profit status so now any donations to the Co-Op are tax deductible.

For more information about Lawrence Unchained Bicycle Co-Op check out their website at http://www.lawrenceunchained.com/