Lawrence Pedestrian Plan

Development is underway for the creation of a Lawrence Pedestrian Plan to update the Lawrence portion of the Regional Pedestrian Plan approved in 2016. The planning process will occur during the 2nd half of 2021 and be guided by the Lawrence Pedestrian Plan Steering Committee established by the MPO Policy Board in July 2021.

Improving Walkability One Step at a Time

The Lawrence Pedestrian Plan is being updated to establish a renewed vision for walkability and to set recommended action steps for the next five years.

The pedestrian plan is used to prioritize resources and develop strategies to improve walkability. Since the last plan was completed in 2016, the City has implemented several projects and programs, including:

  • The installation of sidewalk to fill gaps, particularly along Safe Routes to School Routes.
  • The installation of Lawrence Loop segments, including obtaining funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation to construct several new portions in the next two years.
  • The installation of street crossing improvements.
  • The enforcement of sidewalk hazards.
  • Reducing neighborhood traffic speeds to 25 miles per hour.
  • Developing and implementing the Safe Routes to School plan.
  • Updating pedestrian signal times at 47% of signalized intersections in Lawrence.

Read more about the progress made since 2016 and other existing conditions in the existing conditions memo – updated 10/7/21.

A survey is available thru November 14, where you can provide input on priorities and barriers to walking. The feedback received from the community will help the citizen Pedestrian Plan Steering Committee develop a plan that reflects the community vision, issues and preferences. Take the survey today at https://lawrenceks.org/listens/surveys.

Staff will be tabling at local in person events to share opportunities to take the survey. Talk to staff about the planning process, existing conditions and take the survey at one of these times/dates. Dates will be added to the website as they are confirmed. Currently confirmed dates are listed below:

  • October 21, Lawrence Public Library Lobby, 707 Vermont St., 11:00-1:00 pm
  • October 23, Lawrence Farmer’s Market, 824 New Hampshire St., 7:30-11:30 am
  • October 24, North Lawrence Farmer’s Market, 923 N. 2nd St., 9:00-1:00 pm – Rained Out
  • October 25, KU’s Wescoe Beach, 9:00-11:00 am
  • October 26, KU’s Wescoe Beach, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • October 26, Just Food, 1000 E 11th St., 3:00-5:00 pm
  • October 27, Just Food Cruising Cupboard at the Library, 707 Vermont St., 10:30-11:30 am
  • October 27, RPG Trivia (prior to trivia), 724 Massachusetts St., 6:00-7:30 pm
  • October 28, Cottin’s Farmer’s Market, 1832 Massachusetts St., 4:00-6:30 pm – Rained Out
  • October 28, Library at Checkers Foods, 2300 Louisiana St., 2:30-6:00 pm
  • October 28, Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St., 6:00-8:00 pm
  • October 31, Library Trick or Treating, 707 Vermont St., 4:00-6:00 pm
  • November 2, Lawrence Public Library Lobby, 707 Vermont St., 4:30-6:00 pm
  • November 4, DARE Center, 944 Kentucky St., 2:00-4:00 pm
  • November 4, Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Ln., 5:00-8:00 pm
  • November 9, Ballard Community Services – Food Distribution Center, 2100 Harper St., 8:30-Noon
  • November 10, Virtual Tabling, 5:30-7:30 pm, come and go, register here
  • November 11, La Estrella Tienda Mexicana, 2210 Iowa St., 1:30-3:00 pm
  • November 11, Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St., 3:00-5:00 pm
  • November 12, Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Ln., 8:00-10:00 am
  • November 13, Art Emergency Outdoor Art Market, 721 E. 9th St., 9:00-2:00 pm
Documents

Agendas and Minutes for the Steering Committee are on the Steering Committee’s iCompass page.

The scope of work was developed with the Steering Committee.

This existing conditions/survey handout was developed for the meetings and tabling events occurring on October and November.

Existing Conditions Memo – Revised 11/16/21

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Safe Routes to School

The Lawrence Safe Routes to School initiative began in 2014 as a collaborative effort between the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, Lawrence Public Schools, the City of Lawrence, and the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). This partnership provided the framework for developing a holistic SRTS program, which focuses on encouragement, education, enforcement, evaluation, and engineering solutions to improve walking & bicycling to school.

The partnership is also working in Eudora and Baldwin City to create Safe Routes to School Plans.

Visit https://lawrenceks.org/safe-routes to learn more.

Lawrence Loop

The Lawrence Loop is a project that, when completed, will provide a continuous 22-mile trail around the city limits.

A study analyzed alternative alignments to determine the feasibility and public preference for two incomplete sections of bikeway between the north end of Burroughs Creek Rail Trail along 11th Street to the Shared Use Path in Burcham Park and the west side of the Sandra Shaw Trail to the Peterson Road Shared Use Path.

Visit the Lawrence Loop webpage at https://lawrenceks.org/loop

Regional Pedestrian Plan- Approved by the MPO Policy Board on October 5, 2016

The Regional Pedestrian Plan includes strategies for making pedestrian facility investments and for confirming the importance of the walking environment in the multimodal transportation system.

Public Comments received and MPO response

Regional Pedestrian Plan Steering Committee Roster

19th Street (Barker to Iowa) Practical Road Safety Assessment

On March 26, 2015, a Road Safety Assessment (RAS) was conducted for the 19th Street Corridor from Barker to Iowa. The RSA is part of a U.S. DOT initiative to reduce bicycle & pedestrian injuries and by helping communities built streets that are safer for people walking, bicycling, and taking public transportation. Read the report.


Pedestrian Resources

Walk Friendly Community

The City of Lawrence received a “Silver” designation from the national Walk Friendly Communities program. Scores range from Bronze (lowest), Silver, Gold, to Platinum (highest).

The Walk Friendly designation is based on community efforts to expand opportunities for walking and to improve pedestrian safety across a wide range of programs and activities, from planning and design to outreach and law enforcement.

Report Card – Released April 25, 2017
Walk Friendly Communities Webpage

Pedestrian Safety 

Take a moment to refresh on the Rules of the Road and courtesy for people who walk/wheel, bicycle riders and drivers.