Lawrence Community Bike Ride set for July 20

Bicyclists take off during the second annual Lawrence Community Bike Ride on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Rotary Arboretum. About 200 participated in the event, which had three rides: one mile, three miles and 10 miles.

Bicyclists take off during the second annual Lawrence Community Bike Ride on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Rotary Arboretum. About 200 participated in the event, which had three rides: one mile, three miles and 10 miles.

LiveWell Lawrence encourages residents to participate in the third annual Lawrence Community Bike Ride on Saturday, July 20, at The Rotary Arboretum by the YSI Sports Complex, 4911 W. 27th St.

“This event is free and a great opportunity for families to enjoy bicycling in a safe and fun environment,” said Chris Tilden, LiveWell Lawrence member and Community Health Director at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.

There are three rides to choose from and they all travel along the South Lawrence Trafficway bike path, a paved surface that is a “car-free” environment:

Ten-mile ride. It begins at 8 a.m. and travels near I-70 and back.

Three-mile family ride. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and goes to the Clinton Lake Overlook and back.

One-mile easy loop. It’s available anytime between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. and circles around the arboretum.

Other activities from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. include:

A Training Wheel Takeoff. Experts will help children who are ready to take off their training wheels in a safe and fun environment.

Safety Zone. Safe Kids Douglas County will help outfit children with helmets and other safety gear while supplies last along with providing cycling safety tips for kids of all ages.

Lawrence Central Rotary organizes and sponsors the event. Last year’s event drew about 200 participants. For more information, visit ridelawrence.com.

Eight-year-old Ryleigh Leon learns how to ride without training wheels with a little help from Lawrence resident Steve Harrington. He was using a technique to teach riding without wheels that involves letting the children coast down a slight hill so that the kids can focus solely on balancing and not have to worry about pedaling.

Eight-year-old Ryleigh Leon learns how to ride without training wheels with a little help from Lawrence resident Steve Harrington. He was using a technique to teach riding without wheels that involves letting the children coast down a slight hill so that the kids can focus solely on balancing and not have to worry about pedaling. by John Young

Four-year-old Parker Moore concentrates on balancing without training wheels as his father, Jim, lets go of his bicycle as the two participated in the first annual Community Bike Ride hosted by the Lawrence Central Rotary Club Saturday, July 16, 2011 at the Rotary Arboretum near the YSI sports complex in west Lawrence.

Four-year-old Parker Moore concentrates on balancing without training wheels as his father, Jim, lets go of his bicycle as the two participated in the first annual Community Bike Ride hosted by the Lawrence Central Rotary Club Saturday, July 16, 2011 at the Rotary Arboretum near the YSI sports complex in west Lawrence. by John Young

Two riders participate in the first Community Bike Ride at the Rotary Arboretum near the YSI sports complex in west Lawrence. The event featured three different courses that riders could take, a safety zone where children could learn and practice bicycle safety, and a training wheel take-off station where kids could learn to ride without training wheels.

Two riders participate in the first Community Bike Ride at the Rotary Arboretum near the YSI sports complex in west Lawrence. The event featured three different courses that riders could take, a safety zone where children could learn and practice bicycle safety, and a training wheel take-off station where kids could learn to ride without training wheels. by John Young

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