Bicycle rideability map shows safe routes and more

A bicyclist rides down Massachusetts Street Friday, past a car loaded with other bicycles. City officials have created a new map, available online at lawrenceks.org/bikemap, to show bicyclists the best routes to get around town.

A bicyclist rides down Massachusetts Street Friday, past a car loaded with other bicycles. City officials have created a new map, available online at lawrenceks.org/bikemap, to show bicyclists the best routes to get around town. by Mike Yoder

What is the safest way to get around town by bicycle?

You can find out by consulting the Lawrence Bicycle Rideability Map. It is a great tool for cyclists of all ages and abilities who want to navigate the community on two wheels.

City transportation planners developed it with input from the Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Streets are marked as green, yellow or red depending on how suitable they are for riders of various abilites. Difficult intersections are marked. City multiuse paths and trails are marked in blue.

The map also includes basic safety tips and other resources of interest.

While you can view it online, it is much easier to read in print. You can pick up one of the nifty pocket-sized maps at the locations listed here.

The Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund of DCCF paid for the printing of the maps.

Comments

broadpaw 7 years, 2 months ago

Very neat! I like the side-banner on the map: Be Visible, Be Predictable, Be Safe. You set the example every time you ride, don't give cyclists a bad rep by compromising your safety or that of others. But most importantly: THINK about the way you are riding, it could save your life!

repaste 7 years, 2 months ago

Connecticut is green, while Wakarusa is yello? Conn is crazy steet.

Marilyn Hull 7 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for the feedback, which I will pass on.

blturner 7 years, 2 months ago

I agree. I sometimes have to ride Connecticut and not only is it usually busy, the drivers on that road seem to drive very fast and not be very mindful of cyclists, especially if you have to take a left turn with no stop sign.

Marilyn Hull 7 years, 2 months ago

Have you found a north-south route parallel Conn. St. that seems safer?

blturner 7 years, 2 months ago

If I'm taking Conn. at all it's usually to get onto Barker Ave., in which case I take Rhode Island or New York St. as much as I can before I have to use Conn.

Write2Know 7 years, 2 months ago

That's a nice map to have. I would suggest that anyone riding from Haskell St. to O'connell on 31st street use a mountain bike, since most of that stretch is a gravel and dirt processing center.

The south-east corner is really cut off from going west. I'm a decent rider, but I would never ride down 31st street from Haskell St. to Louisiana. There is too much traffic and the shoulders are unridable, when there are shoulders. I'd like to see that bike path along the east side of the Haskell campus extended to wrap around the south side of the campus and head west possibly connecting into the trails at Naismith park and/or the trail at the theater.

Karrey Britt 7 years, 2 months ago

I would love to see the bicycle trail that goes behind the theater extended as well! I ride that trail from one end to the other — wish it were longer. I like it because you don't have to worry about traffic.

Marilyn Hull 7 years, 2 months ago

I believe the Lawrence Parks and Rec has a master plan that includes connecting existing trails. We need to build public support for these kinds of projects.

Marilyn Hull 7 years, 2 months ago

Keep the comments coming! This is great feedback for the map makers. If anyone has found good, safe routes that are not marked, please share.

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