Countywide Bikeway Plan Update

The Countywide Bikeway Plan update will reconcile the various bicycle related plans (the Lawrence Pedestrian Bike Issues Task Force, the Lawrence Loop Alignment Study, the Lawrence Bike Parking and Amenities Policy Review with Citywide and Downtown Recommendations, annual bicycle and pedestrian counts, Bicycle Friendly Community feedback and the most recent Countywide Bikeway System Plan) into one vision for the future of bikeway infrastructure in Lawrence-Douglas County. The purpose of this plan is to develop a low-stress bicycle network that can make bicycling an attractive choice for transportation.

There are multiple ways to provide your input.

Participate in the Survey:

Talk to Transportation Planners and Bicycle Advisory Committee Members at Mobile Meetings:

  • Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane, November 12th, 6 pm – 8 pm
  • Cottin’s Farmer’s Market – Indoors, 1831 Massachusetts St, November 15th, 4 pm – 6 pm – RESCHEDULED TO THE 15TH DUE TO SNOW
  • Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, December 1st, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm


Past events

  • Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, October 22nd, 11 am – 1 pm
  • Open House:  Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, October 25th, 4 – 6 pm (Phase 2 Open House Boards)
  • Just Food, 1000 E. 11th St, October 29th, 12:30 pm – 2 pm
  • Farmer’s Market,  824 New Hampshire St, November 3rd, 8 am – Noon

Members of the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) will be at all of these events. Additional mobile meetings will be posted online as they are scheduled.

There will be a joint study session with the MPO BAC and the Lawrence Transportation Commission on November 28 at 3:30 in the Lawrence City Commission Room to discuss the bikeway plan update. 

Special Accommodations: Please notify the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (L-DC MPO) at (785) 832-3150 at least 72 hours in advance if you require special accommodations to attend this meeting (i.e., qualified interpreter, large print, reader, hearing assistance). We will make every effort to meet reasonable requests.

signup Sign up to receive Countywide Bikeway Plan update notices via email (Select the “Transportation Planning” list)

Countywide Bikeway Plan Update Scope (5.9.18)

Open House 1 and Guided Bicycle Ride Flyer (pdf)

Phase 1 Open House Boards (pdf)

Phase 2 Open House Boards (pdf)

Bike to Work

May is Bicycle Month and in 2018, Bike to Work Week will be May 14-18 and Bike to Work Day will be Friday, May 18. 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.

2018 City Commission Ride

Rules & Tips Poster

Bicycle Plans and Resources

Lawrence-Douglas Countywide Bikeway System Plan (2014)

Executive Summary – Countywide Bikeway System Plan This study was completed as a part of the Multimodal Planning Studies.

Report – Countywide Bikeway System Plan (MPO Approved March 20, 2014)

Map 2- Lawrence Existing and Proposed Bikeways Map

Map 11- Douglas County Existing and Proposed Bikeways Map

The new Plan replaces the 2004 Bicycle Work Program.

Interactive Bikeways Map


Bicycle Rideability Map

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.

Annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Count

Access the count page at

Bike Share Feasibility Study

Access the project page at

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.

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 – Summer 2010

Bicycle Parking and Amenities Policy Review and Policy Review with Citywide and Downtown Recommendations – Fall 2016

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.

In 2016, the City of Lawrence was re-designated at the Bronze level and the League of American Bicyclists provided a Report Card.

Bicycle Safety

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

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Webinars

Join us for a series of Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals webinars on topics of interest. The webinars are hosted by the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization and can only be viewed on-site.


Visit for information about bike repair stand locations, reporting bike repair stand damage, and educational links.


Do you have a question or concern about area bicycling ? 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.