Three decades after founding, Tour de Shawnee Bike Ride continues to celebrate cycling

The Tour de Shawnee Bike Ride has offered family-friendly routes for the past 20 years. This photo was taken in 2003. File photo from city of Shawnee photo archives

The city of Shawnee is celebrating three decades of cycling with the 30th annual Tour de Shawnee Bike Ride.

Tonya Lecuru, deputy parks and recreation director for Shawnee, said the tour first started to introduce residents to cycling as an alternative form of transportation to move about the city. City staff had mapped out particular routes to introduce cyclists to various parks and amenities in Shawnee as well.