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Do you think Lawrence is a safe town for cyclists?

Alot of people ride bikes because it's an affordable transportation for a low income person. $125 every 2 years would be impossible for poor people to pay. Working minimum wage, 40 hours a week, you can't even afford a 2 bedroom apartment in this town. Let's penalize the poor some more, shall we?

November 14, 2012 at 10:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cyclist suffers critical injuries after being struck by SUV

Red bike, curvy handles, thin road tires. Was all taped off so I didn't get much more than that. If the comment below about the man being in his 60's is right, I've seen an older white haired gentleman on a red bike always wearing a helmet. Maybe it's him?

November 14, 2012 at 10:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cyclist suffers critical injuries after being struck by SUV

The white SUV was there, the driver was questioned by police. Not a hit and run.

November 14, 2012 at 10:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baldwin City woman to face trial on blackmail charge

I wonder if the publication is that dumb little newsprint magazine they sell at quick shops in town that shows the mugshot of people arrested locally. What's that magazine called? And how can it exist?

November 13, 2012 at 5:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cyclist suffers critical injuries after being struck by SUV

This is a terrible intersection for cyclists. If you are on a bike heading West up 11th street from downtown and wish to cross Kentucky Street you have two legal options:

1) Stay in the left most Westbound lane, which is not near the curb, and risk cars behind you being mad and honking at you to get out of their way when the light turns. Cars honk at cyclist in this lane all the time. The light turns, and you are using your pedal power to start cycling through the intersection, which is not nearly as fast as the folks who hit the gas. The cars are trying to make that next light up at Tennessee, which is timed to change less than a minute after the light turns on Kentucky & 11th.

2) Stay in the right lane, which is the turning lane and the lane next to the curb. When you do this, the turning cars are mad at you because they want to turn right on red and you are preventing them from doing that, but it does allow you to cross at an officially painted cross walk.

The third route is the route that breaks the law, but the most safe route. This is where you ride up 11th street, and at the retirement community building, you illegally cross the yellow line and ride over to the sidewalk so that you can cross the Kentucky/11th intersection on the crosswalk on the opposite side of the street. I then usually wait for a red light and cross while traffic is stopped. This takes a little bit longer, and requires you to ride on the sidewalk which is illegal in the downtown business district, and also requires you to illegally ride over the yellow line. Of course you also risk then having pedestrians yell at you for riding on the sidewalk. Had this happen on more than one occasion too.

I don't know if this man was injured while cycling westbound like these routes I've written about, or if the cyclist was heading down the hill, eastbound, which is usually a much safer biking route.

We need a safe bike route from downtown to the Oread neighborhood. Rachel Leek was killed on her bike in the 1000 block of Tennessee just around the corner from this bike accident. It's clear the city needs to take some steps to helping biking be safer in this town.

Btw, the helmet is still on the ground at the intersection. Did it fall off in the accident? Or did first responders just ditch it there?

November 13, 2012 at 5:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Man critically injured in pedestrian-vehicle accident on Tennessee Street

on the street last night we were told he was killed, but this report suggests otherwise. i dunno.

August 26, 2012 at 10:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Man critically injured in pedestrian-vehicle accident on Tennessee Street

I have seen tons and tons of police, on foot, in cars all throughout the Oread neighborhood. This isn't about lack of police. We need lighting in the Oread desperately! The 12th Street new crossing on Kentucky & Tennessee is awesome. So well lit. With a crosswalk button to make the light turn on and force cars to stop for pedestrians. Why on earth have these not been installed at every intersection of Kentucky & Tennessee between 9th & 19th?! The sidewalks are terrible. The lighting is absent. Add alcohol to the equation and we're talking disaster. Try walking from Mass St to the 1500 block of Tennessee at 1:45am sober and see if you don't see the problems yourself.

August 26, 2012 at 10:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence city sidewalk ordinance ruled unconstitutional

Simon gives some explanation: http://youtu.be/YdDJgcSsz4c

February 10, 2012 at 11:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission approves gender identity ordinance

OMG. WTF. Clearly this is true.

September 28, 2011 at 6:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission approves gender identity ordinance

will you let your wife out of the chains to speak for herself?

September 28, 2011 at 6:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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