May News! Bike Month, Welcome to Thomas Morefield and Streetcar Fun

It’s Bike Month! Tour de Bier is in just over a week and there are plenty of bike-themed activities coming up this month along with some other action items and celebration of some successes.

May is Bike Month

May is Bike Month. Join the other organizations, schools and municipalities who have posted their information on our calendar. Also, be sure to tag your social media posts #kcbikemonth and #whyIride KC!

ACTION ALERT: Speak up for Federal Funding of Bike Share and Safe Routes to School

BikeWalkKC’s Youth Education, Safe Routes to School, and B-cycle bike share programs rely on significant federal funding, and we are currently applying for the next round of those funds. We need your help to show strong community support for continued investment in these important programs. Please review the two grant applications and leave your comments at the end of each one. THE COMMENT PERIOD ENDS ON MAY 21ST, SO DON’T DELAY.

Congratulations and Welcome to the KC Streetcar!

Our office had a lot of fun welcoming the KC Streetcar to revenue service on Friday. Here’s our Education Programs Manager, Maggie demonstrating the right way to ride with the streetcar.

And our Communication and Membership Manager, Kristen was able to ride with the mayor (and streetcar change-maker and friend of BikeWalkKC, David Johnson) and talk up bike safety and lanes.

(That’s her bike in the lower right, all of us took this opportunity to either ride our own bikes or B-cycle throughout the day)

It has been an honor and a privilege to work with the KC Streetcar Authority to get bike and pedestrian specific safety information out to everyone. Check out the safety info here.

Another Welcome to Thomas Morefield

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We are pleased to welcome our new Community Planning Manager, Thomas Morefield! Thomas comes to us from BNIM where he had a hand in planning and developing a number of local and national projects. You may know him best from his leadership with Better Block KC. Learn more about him here.

Also, Laura Steele has joined us full-time as our new Education Outreach Coordinator. Read more about her here.

Tour de Bier is May 15th

Although pre-registration has ended, you can always walk-up and sign up, for $65. Pre-registrants, you can pick up your race packets on Friday, from 4:30-6:30 p.m and Saturday, from 9:30 a.m-12:30 p.m at BikeWalkKC . You do not want to miss out on this year’s ride, which features some new breweries along with old favorites. Also, our Women Bike KC initiative is raffling off a classic Raleigh bike at the ride to raise money for their initiative. WE ALSO NEED VOLUNTEERS. You can still ride, but also get your race day goodies (lunch, two beers, t-shirt and other swag) free.

Youth Ambassadors: A Great Success!

We are proud of our first two cohorts of Youth Ambassadors! Learn more about this great new program here!

Women Bike KC Special Events– Bike to Work Day and Women’s Only Confident City Cycling

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Join us for a special Bike to Work Day Coffee Stop on Friday May 20th at the corner of Armour and Gillham in Midtown. Also, join us May 17 (NEXT WEEK), 24th and 31st for our next Women’s Only Confident City Cycling!

New Belgium Clips is June 9th

New Belgium Clips is coming up on June 9th. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. Otherwise, get ready to join us for another fun evening of sampling the best of New Belgium brews and films under the stars. Learn more about the event here!

Join BikeWalkKC

Your membership helps us continue our quest to advocate, congregate and educate people around bikes and pedestrian activities throughout the region. Plus, there’s some cool discounts, including a brand new one from BikeSource. Click here to join. And for those of you new members who haven’t received their membership packet, look for it in the mail soon. Also, please let us know if your contact information has changed.

Join Kansas City B-cycle

For just a little more each year (like $65), you can leave your bike at home and ride to some of KC’s hot spots. Click here to join.

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