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As a vital component of the entire transportation system in Lawrence and Douglas County, bicycles provide both essential commuter and recreational transportation. Lawrence and Douglas County offers some of the best cycling opportunities in Kansas. As a recognized Bicycle Friendly Community, the City of Lawrence is working on enhancing existing facilities while planning for the future needs of cyclists in Lawrence. The Lawrence/Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Office takes seriously its role to create, develop and educate the community about cycling and cycling facilities.
The Bicycle Advisory Committee provides a communication linkage between the City Commission and the community on bicycling related issues. The Committee works to improve bicycle safety and awareness through education of motorists and non-motorists; review, update, and oversee the distribution of the City’s Biking Map; seek information from multiple sources on current trends, programs, and facilities outside the local area; and promote bicycle awareness by coordinating activities with the City, County, the school district, universities, and the local bicycle clubs. The BAC makes recommendations to the City Commission concerning issues related to bicycle usage within the community, including:
- location and design of bicycle facilities for all users by integrating bicycle and pedestrian considerations into city projects and plans;
- expenditure of City funds for bicycle facilities and other non-motorized facilities;
- location and design of public streets in relation to bicycle use;
- improvement of bicycle safety and access with minor construction projects and street repairs;
- identification of quick, low-cost improvements on routes that are well used by bicyclists thus creating regular exposure for the program;
- promotion of bicycling by signing selected routes;
- proposal of city resolutions and ordinances concerning bicycle use and safety; and,
- Identification and resolution of issues concerning Bicycle-Friendly Community designation.
The bicycle rideability map is designed to promote, encourage and educate bicyclists. The map assists riders in choosing routes most applicable to their skill level, alerts them to difficult intersections, shows major landmarks to help bicyclists navigate around town and identifies transit connections. View a version of the map here.
Lawrence-Douglas County Bike Plan
The Lawrence-Douglas County Bike Plan, also called the Bicycle Work Program, is the recognized plan for the development of cycling in the City of Lawrence. It describes different bicycle facilities, defines types of cyclists and lays out a plan for improving cycling facilities in different sections of Lawrence. Last updated in 2004, the Bike Plan is currently being updated. To view the 2004 approved plan, click here
Bikeway System Map
The T2040 Bikeway System Map was approved by the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (L-DC MPO) on March 21, 2013 and replaced the 2009 Bikeway System Map. Download the Bikeway System Map to discover where existing and future bicycling facilities are planned in and around Lawrence.
T2040 Bicycle System Map
Lawrence Annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Count
Counts are conducted by volunteers at locations across the city. Volunteers use the standardized National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation (NBPD) Project method created by Alta Planning and Design and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).
The goals of the NBPD are to: (1) Establish a consistent national bicycle and pedestrian count and survey methodology;(2) Establish a national database of bicycle and pedestrian count information generated by these consistent methods and practices; and (3) Use the count and survey information to begin analysis on the correlations between local demographic, climate and land-use factors and bicycle and pedestrian activity. Walking and bicycling generally lack the consistent data routinely collected for other modes of transportation. Measuring the benefits of investments for walking and bicycling is difficult without accurate and consistent data. The ability to measure the region’s bicycling and walking rates is likely to become more important, as the next federal transportation bill is likely to place more emphasis on performance measures and evaluation.
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 the use of non-motorized transportation, strengthen grant applications to leverage additional federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects, evaluate existing projects, and help determine the location of future investments. As a result, Lawrence will be in the forefront of collecting this data and will be part of a larger nationwide effort to establish a national database of bicycle and pedestrian count and survey data generated by consistent methods and practices.
Lawrence Count Data Summary
Eudora Count Data Summary
Bicycle Parking in Downtown Lawrence Inventory
The inventory considers guidelines for bicycle parking and types of bicycle parking facilities available in Downtown Lawrence. It includes a location map and list of the available parking by type and makes BAC recommendations for bicycle parking improvements. Read the report.
Bicycle Parking in Downtown Lawrence Inventory
Bicycle Friendly Community
The Bicycle Friendly Communities Campaign is an awards program administered by the League of American Bicyclists that recognizes municipalities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle-Friendly Community provides safe accommodation for cycling and encourages its residents to bike for transportation and recreation. The City of Lawrence has been recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze level since 2004. In 2012, the City of Lawrence was re-designated at the Bronze level and the League of American Bicyclists provided feedback and suggestions to further promote bicycling in Lawrence.
League of American Bicyclists
Bike to Work
May is Bicycle Safety Month and in 2013, Bike to Work Week will be May 13-17 and Bike to Work Day will be Friday, May 17. The City of Lawrence would like to encourage all residents to experience the benefits of bicycling to work during this time and reminds bicyclists and motorists to safely share the road.
Bike Month Poster
Every year the City of Lawrence works to improve the conditions of cycling and vehicular transportation. Part of the City's charge is to educate motorists and cyclists on the best ways to share the road. Sharing the road means that drivers and cyclists work together to improve road safety through shared awareness, patience, courtesy and cooperation.
Bicycle Safety Public Service Announcements
Kansas Cycling Laws and Statutes
Helmet Use Laws by State
NHTSA Bicycle Safety Tips
Click here for more educational and informative links from the federal and state governments about cycling, or for great information on local cycling clubs, and groups!
Do you have a question or concern about area cycling? Is a trail blocked due to construction? Have you had a pleasurable ride recently? Use our feedback page to notify City officials about your concerns.