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February Newsletter

Katy Trail to KC update

The dream of bringing the Katy Trail State Park to Kansas City is getting much closer to reality. The State of Missouri is working on the extension to Pleasant Hill, and BikeWalkKC has been working with local leaders to plan the final piece into the heart of the city. This new Rock Island Trail is a central piece of a new multi-modal transit plan being developed for Jackson County. 2013 could be the year voters get to decide!

Read more: http://bikewalkkc.org/content/katy-trail-kc-update

KC hosts national Smart Growth conference this week

Smart Growth professionals from around the world are turning their attention to Kansas City. This is the first time in its history that the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference is being held in the Midwest and BikeWalkKC and Kansas City B-cycle will be featured prominently. We are participating in a bike share and active transportation panel, and in a "parklet" designed by local landscape architects.

Other conference events include:

  • Transit Tweet-Up Friday evening
  • National Complete Streets Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. on Friday at 12 Baltimore in the Hotel Phillips
  • Smart Growth America Leadership Awards honor the Mayors of Mission, KS and Lee's Summit, MO. 7:00 p.m. on Friday at 1213 Wyandotte.

KCK Mayoral Forum - February 11th

BikeWalkKC is teaming up with KC Regional Transit Alliance to host a forum of candidates for Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS. Outgoing Mayor Joe Reardon was a strong supporter of biking and walking, including support for one of the metro's first Complete Streets policies. Meet the candidates running to replace him, and hear how they would improve walking and biking in KCK and Wyandotte County.

Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP: http://bikewalkkc.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=14536

BLAST brings bike education to 500 students

Our BLAST program (Bicycle Lesson And Safety Training) has reached 500 fifth graders with bike safety lessons and bike skills training. In the last year we have brought this program in P.E. classes at seven schools in the KCMO, North Kansas City, and Hickman Mills school districts.

Learn more about BLAST and how to bring it to your school: http://bikewalkkc.org/blast.

Safe Routes to School project kicks off in the Old Northeast

Thanks to funding from the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, we recently kicked off a pilot project at James Elementary in the Indian Mound neighborhood. We are working students, parents, teachers, and neighbors to ingrate several of our Safe Routes to School programs and apply our transportation planning and policy expertise. This project will be expanding more KCPS schools in the fall.


Huge turnout for Midtown/Plaza Area Plan

Last month's first public meeting for a new Midtown/Plaza Area Plan brought an overflow crowd of at least 200 people. Many people spoke up for walking, biking, sidewalks, transit, bike lanes, and bike share. Bookmark our Midtown/Plaza site to keep updated and find out how join the city's online converstation.

Read more: http://bikewalkkc.org/midtownplaza

Cleaver Boulevard becoming a Complete Street

The City has unveiled plans for revamping Cleaver Boulevard east of the Plaza with bike lanes, wider sidewalks, new landscaping, and more - all before the end of 2013!

Get all the details: http://bikewalkkc.org/content/cleaver-boulevard-complete-street-and-road-diet-details

Tour de Brew KC returns on May 19th

Tickets go on sale February 14th. The 3rd annaul tour returns on May 19th. Mark your calendar for ticket sales starting the 14th and reserve your Tour de Brew KC jerseys now! We have some wonderful sponsors and surprises this year and we welcome our newest sponsor, the Kansas City Club! Learn more and how you can become a sponsors or a vendor at http://tourdebrewkc.com.


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