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November Newsletter

Thank you!
First of all, we'd like to say a big Thank You to everyone who supported BikeWalkKC this year by becoming a member, volunteering at an event, taking a class, making a donation, or speaking up at a local City Hall.

Celebrate the Kansas City Spirit with this Exclusive T-shirt
Inspired by Norman Rockwell's famous painting, this shirt recognizes the hard work of our members and volunteers to improve walking and bicycling in Kansas City. Everyone who joins, renews, or donates at the $50 level or above by the end of the year will receive one of these limited edition shirts.

Get the shirt now!

Transit Open House
Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. in the River Market.
Jackson County is making big plans for a regional transportation system including transit, rail, streetcars, buses, trails, and bike routes. Tuesday evening you have a chance to learn about what's been planned so far, and to make your own comments and suggestions. More info...

BikeWalkKC Executive Director Eric Rogers recently joined a group of local officials on a tour Cleveland's transit, which features many of the ideas being planned for Jackson City. Read his recap to see why Bikes and Transit are Hot in Cleveland.

New brewery supports bicycling and walking

Big Rip Brewing Company is opening soon in North Kansas City, and for a limited time the brewery is donating 10% of merchandise sales to BikeWalkKC. Check out the selection of pint glasses, stainless steel growlers, shirts, and even private brewing sessions!

With a cyclist and a runner as co-founders and a location at the north end of the Heart of America Bridge's new bike/ped path, Big Rip wants to support the local cycling community. We are also excited to share with you that Big Rip has been added to the 2013 Tour de Brew on May 19th, the first Northland Tour stop!

Learn more and shop the Big Rip store now.

Bike share season ends this week
Kansas City B-cycle's first season wraps up November 30th and the bikes go into winter hibernation until March. If you haven't tried bike sharing yet, you have one week left! Learn more at kansascity.bcycle.com.

Advocacy Updates

US 69 Missouri River Bridges
The Fairfax and Platte Purchase Bridges between KCK and Riverside are coming due for replacement soon, and we are working to make sure people walking and biking have safe access across the Missouri River. We are also working with MoDOT to restore easy access to the current Fairfax Bridge. Visit http://bikewalkkc.org/us69bridges for updates on both projects.

Whole Foods at UMKC
Many of you have expressed concerns about a Whole Foods-anchored development at 51st and Brookside Boulevard that might create a new driveway across the Trolley Track Trail. While we support a pedestrian friendly mixed-use development in this location, we share your concerns about the trail. BikeWalkKC has relayed those concerns and suggested alternatives to the developers and directly to Whole Foods executives. We'll keep you updated as discussions continue.

Coming Up: Riverfront Heritage Trail Dedication
On November 29th Mayors Joe Reardon and Sly James will dedicate the newest section of trail. Get the details.

Please join BikeWalkKC today

We need your help to keep the region moving forward in 2012 with better walking and bicycling.  Your membership helps us deliver great projects and programs like Bike Week, advocacy for funding sidewalks and trails, and low-cost bike education classes.

We have membership levels to fit any budget, and they all include discounts at great local businesses. Join today at http://bikewalkkc.org/join.




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