The City of Topeka has completed 9 miles of the Bikeways Masterplan (red), will complete 32 miles during Phase I this fall and next spring (yellow/black), and will complete another 13 miles of bikeways facilities in 2017 (blue). Download a hi-res PDF here. On-street infrastructure includes street signs, bike lanes, sharrows, trail/link improvements, and sidepaths.
6:30-8pm, June 15, 2015
Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University
10-mile round trip
Glenda Taylor was a beloved cyclist, artist, and community advocate in Topeka. She was hit by a car and killed last Sunday, June 7, during a warmup ride as part of a time trials series in Crawford County.
Tonight, the Kaw Valley Bicycle Club will host a memorial ride in her honor, starting and ending at Washburn University, where she was the chair of the Art department. The ride will convene at the Mulvane Art Museum, just south of 17th Street on Jewell Ave. in Topeka.
Taylor was an accomplished artist and athlete, having won awards for her achievements in both ceramics and cycling.
The driver has been charged, and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.
“Oreos & Nose Rings” is the first in a series of four one-act plays written and produced by the Helen Hocker Youth Players that will be staged outdoors at Portico, 802 N. Kansas Avenue, throughout the afternoon, as part of the Block Party event happening this Saturday, May 30th, from 1-4pm in the NOTO Arts District. The event has an outdoors and healthy living focus, and will feature a number of other events and public demonstrations:
- Bike Rodeo for kids, led by the Topeka Police Department, the Kaw Valley Bicycle Club, and instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists. Kids will have the chance to try out a skills course, and learn some of the key tenets of bicycle safety.
- In conjunction with the Bike Rodeo, Heartland BMX will be demonstrating their fleet of balance bikes. These are small bicycles without pedals, designed to help kids safely learn the balance required to ride a larger bike. They are lighter and easier to maneuver than tricycles or bikes with training wheels. For those interested, there will also be a chance to win one of these bikes – a “Lil Raskal” pushbike from Sun Bicycles, a $64.99 value.
- The Shawnee County Health Agency will be sharing information on local initiatives, including the Bike for Discounts program. Helmets provided by a grant from Safe Kids Shawnee County will be available, and volunteers will be present to help fit helmets. A third group, Safe Streets, will be promoting their “Lock it, remove it, or lose it” campaign.
- Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s Adventure Mobile will be stationed in the district, bringing the featured animal of the week, and sharing information about summer reading programs from the Library.
- Across from the Adventure Mobile, a Topeka Metro fixed-route bus will be on hand, inviting visitors to step aboard and experience a 35-foot city bus firsthand.
- Businesses and galleries in the NOTO Arts District will be open, and several other vendors and exhibitors will be present during the event.
Topeka’s city government announced Thursday it had placed the first of a series of educational videos it had produced explaining bikeways rules and etiquette on the city’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/koziN6kbDrY and also at http://biketopeka.com/ .
The three-minute video is the first of several the city plans to put out this year, which are intended to educate people about the rules of the road and make bike riding easier and safer for both riders and drivers, the city said in a news release.
The videos will cover such topics as how to interpret bike lanes, sharrows, and parking lanes, as well as explaining proper etiquette and riding practices, the release said.
It added, “With the current and scheduled on-going implementation of the Topeka Bikeways Plan, and the recently launched Topeka Metro Bike Sharing program, it is vital that everyone be aware and cautious of the emerging presence of bicycles on Topeka roadways.”
The news release noted that May is National Bicycle Month, and said the release of the city’s video is among activities planned to observe that month. A complete listing of activities for May can be viewed at http://biketopeka.com/ride-calendar.
Ride In Peace, Jobst Brandt.
Originally posted on Silicon Valley Cyclist:
Jobst Brandt, a cyclist who in so many ways influenced the bicycle industry during its glory days of the 1980s, died on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, after a long illness. He was 80.
On his 76th birthday, Jobst crashed his bike at the Sand Hill Road and Whiskey Hill Road intersection near Woodside during an early morning ride in a dense fog. It was his last bike ride. His serious injuries added to the burden of other health liabilities.
Jobst exerted considerable influence over those he knew in the bike industry, but he was not an industry insider. Because he never worked in the bike business, he could offer his opinions about the industry…
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This Saturday is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Topeka! The Topeka Community Cycle Project, the Kaw Valley Bicycle Club, and Heartland BMX will have “floats” in the parade, and both are open invitation. Take this chance to ride a bike in a slow group and celebrate, community, luck, and bicycles.
The parade is one of Topeka’s biggest community events, and we highly recommend participating! There’s nothing like smiling and waving at 4,500 people on a sunny Saturday.
Staging for TCCP will begin at the bike shop, 423 S. Kansas. Just ride your bike downtown – there won’t be any parking! KVBC and Heartland BMX will be staging early in the main staging area, between 1st and 4th streets on Kansas Ave., and they’re also asking folks to bring candy to hand out to kids along the parade route. Bring out your cargo trikes to make it that much easier!
Have you seen the bike month calendar? The month of May is filling up! Get in touch if you need your events added. There are still quite a few weekly rides whose details we’re tracking down.
The Bike Rodeo for Kids is almost completely planned – and it’s set for the May 30th Block Party in NOTO. Speaking of the Block Party – have a look at the proposed map, so far. This doesn’t include everyone. If you want to reserve a space, get in touch!
May 11th – May 15th is Bike to Work Week. Think you can do it? We know you can!