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BikeWalkKC's Programs and Activities
Our BLAST program (Bike Lesson and Safety Training) teaches 5th graders the skills they need to bike safely and confidently to school or around their neighborhood. Since 2015 BLAST has served almost 800 kids at several schools in the Shawnee Mission and Olathe districts. Learn more.
Safe Routes to School
BikeWalkKC provides technical assistance and programs to schools and school districts to help them get more kids walking and biking to school. Recent highlights include working with Trailwood Elementary School in the Shawnee Mission District to study ways to improve the built environment for pedestrians. Learn more.
Live Well Johnson County
We are the active living partner in the County Health Department's Live Well Johnson County project. BikeWalkKC is providing technical assistance for municipalities like Roeland Park, Mission, and Shawnee to help increase walking and bicycling. Our work includes a Bike-Friendly Business Guide and a Road Diet Guide for the City of Mission.
Johnson County is a future goal for our RideKC Bike program. We are in the very early stages of planning for a future expansion into the county.
Current Campaigns and Advocacy Issues
Prairie Village Bike/Pedestrian Plan
A new plan is in the works to promote walking and biking in Prairie Village, including the possibility of future bike lanes. A public meeting was held on March 15th, and now is the time to speak up! Visit the project web site.
Olathe Downtown Active Transportation Plan
From protected bike lanes to greenways, the City of Olathe is working on a new plan, Envision Olathe, to implement a new "active transportation plan. The goal of the plan is to integrate the busy streets, quiet streets, trains, bicycles and more in a way which makes people feel safe and promotes getting outside and living a healthy lifestyle. Click here to learn more.
Lenexa Complete Streets and Bike Lanes
A grassroots movement is developing to get the City of Lenexa to adopt a formal Complete Streets policy, with a goal of eventually getting on-street bike lanes added in a city that has historically focused on multi-use trails instead. Learn more and find out how you can help the cause.
Local Resources in Johnson County
Overland Park Bike Plan
OP is quickly implementing the region's most ambitious bike plan. 30 miles of new bike routes are in the works!
Overland Park Bike Route and Trail Service Request
Report problems online.
Leawood Active Transportation Plan
A new plan that includes both biking and walking, with a special emphasis on Safe Routes to School.
Shawnee bike and trail master plan
The region's first nationally recognized Bicycle Friendly Community is adding more trails and bike lanes.
How you can get involved
Local advisory committees: Several communities have citizen boards or commissions that include bike/pedestrian issues and are great opportunities for you to get involved locally:
Mission: Sustainability Commission, 1st Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
Roeland Park: Sustainability Committee, 1st Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
Shawnee: Bicycle Advisory Board, Meets quarterly.
Other Local Opportunities:
I Bike Lenexa Facebook Group
A new grassroots group of Lenexa residents interested in improving biking in the city.
BikeWalkKC Advocacy Mailing List
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