Is Lawrence a bicycle friendly community?

Lisa Hallberg

Officially, Lawrence is Bicycle Friendly Community according to the League of American Cyclists, a national bicycle advocacy group. They have designated Lawrence as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community based on existing infrastructure such as bike lanes, and by the city’s the encouragement of safe and lawful use of bicycles in ...

Rolling Along blog: Risking his neck

Andrew Hartsock

Driving around town the other day, I found myself in a bad mood. I was running an errand that all but demanded four-wheeled transport, but the conditions — there was about 14 feet of snow on the ground, and it was cold and blustery, and I was still in the ...

Rolling Along blog: Oh, my bleeding ears!

Andrew Hartsock

In my free time, I like to read whatever scientific treatises I can get my hands on — the longer, more jargony the better. (OK, in the interest of honesty, I should confess that statement was absolutely false). Flipping through my most recent copy of Journal of Neuroscience (another lie), ...

Rolling Along blog: Mid-life crisis and a wandering eye

Andrew Hartsock

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a married man in attaining a certain age must be in want of a new, sleeker, sexier something-or-other in his life. Usually, such mid-life crises result in said semi-old dude’s trading up either his wife or his car. As I careen headlong into ...

Rolling Along blog: Speed, justice and the American way

Andrew Hartsock

I was driving home from Kansas City the other day, with the cruise control set for a nice-and-legal 69 mph, when my venerable ride began to act a bit — please pardon the technical jargon here — wonky. My car surged a bit, then slowed. Then, much to my surprise, ...

Rolling Along blog: The REAL Lance Effect

Andrew Hartsock

A couple of my friends have approached me recently, asking what I make of “this Lance mess.” I usually reply with, “Well, Arthur’s a sap, but I don’t care how cute Gwen is, you can’t back-stab your bestie like that.” Yeah, I don’t have a lot of friends. And while ...

Rolling Along blog: Beware Gandolf (and Nemo and Walda and ... )

Andrew Hartsock

A bit of winter weather kept me off the bike for a week or so. Instead I lounged around on the sofa eating bonbons and pondering the imponderable. At some point in said pondering, I puzzled my puzzler over The Weather Channel’s decision to begin naming “noteworthy” winter storms. It ...

Rolling Along blog: Crack kills, or at least smarts

Andrew Hartsock

City street crews have been in my ’hood lately, sealing the countless cracks that mar our fair roads, and I have to admit to a little thrill of anxiety whenever they’re around. I’ve road-geeked out a bit watching them. As best I can tell, first the fine fix-it folks blast ...

Rolling Along blog: Sphere factor

Andrew Hartsock

I’ll admit to more than my share of irrational fears off the bike, but I like to think all of my from-the-saddle scares are warranted. Of course, it could be argued that such rationalization is precisely what makes a fear irrational, but I fear I digress. Among my most gripping ...

Rolling Along: Here, kitty, kitty

Andrew Hartsock

The other day, I was driving somewhere with the family and pointed out to my kids a fellow road-user. A man riding a scooter had caught my eye. He had strapped to his chest what appeared to be either a backward backpack or a baby carrier. Inside said satchel was ...

Rolling Along: A tale of many tails

Andrew Hartsock

My thousands of bike miles in and around the city have provided me with dozens of tales, from captivating accounts of derring-do (or, in my case, derring-don’t) to location humor (you had to be there) to the kind of stultifying insipidity that, once it spews forth from my mouth, makes ...

Rolling Along: Duel redux

Andrew Hartsock

I was riding home for dinner the other evening, still struggling with the reality that it now gets dark just a couple minutes after noon, and approached the reviled roundabout not far from my house. As I approached the traffic-calming device from hell, I was surprised to see, to my ...

Rolling Along: Round and round and round we go

Andrew Hartsock

I read with dread the other day the news that the city was contemplating putting in another infernal traffic-calming device. Commissioners were considering a roundabout at the intersection of Ninth and New Hampshire streets, despite the fact roundabouts seem to be almost universally despised by anyone who has ever encountered ...

Rolling Along: Well seasoned

Andrew Hartsock

As I rode to work the other day, I had a handful of near-death run-ins with squirrels. The glorified tree rats seem more abundant than usual this year as they scurry about readying for winter. They also seem more ample — big boned? — than usual, like they’ve had more ...

Rolling Along: Rant not, want not

Andrew Hartsock

I’ve had all manner of weird encounters during my bike commutes. Something about the intersection (see what I did there?) of motorist and cyclist tends to bring out the odd in some folks. From insults and even the occasional compliment to batteries and beverages, I’ve had all sorts of things ...

Rolling Along: Road-side detritus

Andrew Hartsock

The city’s streets usually provide the most mundane vistas. With limited exception, they stretch horizon to horizon in monotonous monochrome, ranging from uninspiring blacktop to insipid gray concrete, with only an occasional pothole or — if the road user is lucky — maybe a fresh bit of roadkill to break ...

Retired KU chemistry professor hasn't missed Lawrence's Octoginta bicycle ride in 37 years

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/oct/02/242103/ Seventy-one-year-old Grover Everett has not missed Lawrence’s renowned [Octoginta][1] bicycle ride in 37 years, and he’s not about to miss this year’s Oct. 14 event either. Heat, cold, wind and rain haven’t deterred him from participating in the 80-mile event. Not even quintuple coronary artery bypass surgery or knee ...

Karrey's story: Bicycling brings new adventures after hip surgery

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/sep/26/241798/ **Editor’s note:** I wrote a firsthand account on joint replacement in [a three-part series][1] that was published in July 2011. This is the second follow-up story to that series. I also wrote a [one-year anniversary story in May][2]. Bicycling has replaced running in my life. About five years ago, ...

Rolling Along: Two-tired attire

Andrew Hartsock

Recently, I was sitting with the family at our favorite downtown coffee haunt, and my wife nodded over toward my daughter. “Doesn’t she look cute?” my beaming spouse asked. “She looks so *scene*.” My wife tends to speak in italics when she’s using a term either so hip or polysyllabic ...

Diagnosed with MS, Lawrence resident to join 2,000 cyclists in pedaling for a cure

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/sep/12/241071/ Lawrence resident Valerie Hawley isn’t a bicyclist, but she plans to ride 38 miles from Olathe to Lawrence to raise awareness about [multiple sclerosis][1], a disease she was diagnosed with one and a half years ago at age 30. She will join more than 2,100 bicyclists who will be ...

Rolling Along: Shifting gears

Andrew Hartsock

A couple of months ago, I was asked a cycling-related question that, to my surprise, left me stumped. I’m all the time fielding questions about which bike to buy or which cold-weather gloves to recommend or whether I prefer wet lube or dry, though I’m certainly no expert. I’ll freely ...

Cycle and Social Sashay – An Example Of How To Have A Great, Fun Bike Ride For Everyone

Lisa Hallberg

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/12/241053/ A couple of months ago, I started riding with some friends on a regular weekly ride around town. This ride, which I will dub our weekly Cycle and Social Sashay, is often the highlight of my week, the event I look forward to more than anything else. It’s been ...

Volunteers needed for bicycle and pedestrian counts, Saturday Sept 8th and Wednesday Sept 12th

Lisa Hallberg

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/29/240290/ For the 4th year in a row, the Lawrence and Douglas County planners will conduct bicycle and pedestrian counts around Lawrence and Eudora, and the call is out for volunteers to help get the job done. Why count bicycles and pedestrians? There are several reasons, and the main one ...

Labor Day bicycling event to raise awareness about mental health

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/aug/22/239957/ [Bike 4 the Brain][1], a nonprofit organization, is hosting its seventh annual Labor Day event, which will feature bicycling, running and walking courses. The event begins at 8 a.m. Sept. 3 at Johnson County Mental Health Center, 6000 Lamar, in Mission. It raises awareness about mental health disorders and ...

Rolling Along: I'm gonna git you, (wheel) sucka!

Andrew Hartsock

The other day I was riding to work and was surprised to hear, awfully close, the clattering of another bike’s gears. Since I’m remarkably unfast on two wheels, it’s not terribly surprising to have been overtaken by another cyclist. However, the proximity was a bit startling. Assuming I was about ...

Wanted: Volunteers to count bicyclists, pedestrians in Lawrence, Eudora

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2009/sep/11/177098/ One. Two. Three. … 120, 121, 122 ... Volunteers are needed to count bicycles and pedestrians next month in Lawrence and Eudora. The Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization and the city of Lawrence will be conducting counts from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, and from 10 a.m. ...

Rolling Along: Bombs away! Yum!

Andrew Hartsock

I was riding to work the other day when I encountered a banana peel dead ahead. I probably could have maneuvered around it, despite my proximity to the curb and the car passing to my left, but I decided just to ride over it. In one terrible split-second before contact ...

Lawrence Community Bike Ride draws 200 participants, including me

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/jul/26/238281/ About 200 people participated in the second [Lawrence Community Bike Ride][1] at The Rotary Arboretum, which was 75 more than last year. Steve Lane, a member of Lawrence Central Rotary Club, which organized the event, said his club hopes to make it an annual event. “As each year goes ...

Rolling Along: Flippin' out

Andrew Hartsock

I saw a near-dustup the other day, and while I’ve encountered several such traffic-related, road-ragey altercations (no doubt a result of the weather/economy/whatever is ailing us as a nation these days), this one stuck with me and rattled around a bit in the void between my ears. I was approaching ...

FREE Lawrence community bicycle event offers three rides, training wheel take-off, T-shirts and more

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2011/jul/16/217260/ It’s time to dust off those bicycles and air up the tires. The second annual [Lawrence Community Bike Ride event][1] will be from 8 a.m. to noon July 21 at The Rotary Arboretum, 5100 W. 27th St. It’s a family-friendly event that’s geared toward beginning bicyclists, with three distances ...

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