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  • Beyond the Loop Will Explore New Ideas for Downtown Highways

    Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) has launched an effort, “Beyond the Loop,” to begin planning for the future of several large pieces of aging highway infrastructure around downtown KCMO and KCK. There will be a kickoff event on February 23rd from 2:00 – 4:30 PM at the Central Library in downtown KCMO. RSVP here. The study […]

  • BikeWalkKC February 2017 Newsletter

    Mark Your Calendars: BikeWalkKC Event Season Has Begun Looking for new learning opportunities? Networking events? We’ve got something for everyone this spring, and hope you’ll join us for any and all of these upcoming activities! Friday, February 24, 5:30-7:30pm: We’ve teamed up with OneLife Fitness to offer a new Handlebar Happy Hour format! “Workout & […]

  • Follow the Bike: the Journey of a Donated Bicycle

    By Glen Rumbaugh, BikeWalkKC Education Operations Coordinator Have you ever donated a bike to BikeWalkKC and wondered what happened to it? It starts in our shop where we clean and check each bike.  Once ready, it’s off to one of our Earn-a-Bike Classes. During an Earn-a-Bike class, students are taught how to maintain and repair […]

  • What’s next for KC’s bike program

    The recent performance audit of Kansas City, MO’s 2001 bike plan has been followed up by swift action at City Hall to implement the auditor’s recommendations and begin an overall reboot of the bike and pedestrian program. BikeWalkKC has meeting with the City Manager, Councilmembers, and city staff to learn about how City Hall is moving […]

  • RFP for strategic planning for Missouri’s regional active transportation organizations

    BikeWalkKC and our peer organizations in St. Louis, Springfield, and Columbia request proposals for strategic planning services to inform future collaboration between the four organizations and to further our shared goals to improve the health and livability of our communities. RFP Issued: January 20th, 2017 Questions Due: February 3rd, 2017 Proposals Due: February 10th, 2017 Download […]

  • City Council sends $800 million infrastructure bond to voters with big sidewalk and bike lane improvements

    After a day of intense debate yesterday the KCMO City Council finally agreed on and unanimously approved an infrastructure program to send to voters on April 4th. Despite heavy pressure from the highway builders for a roads-first approach, the final plan that emerged yesterday has the potential to be transformational for walking, biking, and neighborhood […]

  • 60 day jail term for motorist who killed Glenda Taylor reinforces need for vulnerable road user laws

    Glenda Taylor was hit and killed on June 7th, 2015 while warming up for the Kansas State Time Trial Championships in the town of Walnut, in southeast Kansas. Last week the motorist who killed Glenda was sentenced to serve just 60 days in jail. He pled guilty as part of plea deal agreed to by […]

  • Mike Conley joins the team as Bike Share Operations Coordinator

    We are pleased to share that Mike Conley will fill a new role at BikeWalkKC: Bike Share Operations Coordinator. Mike will help lead our operations team to ensure that the Kansas City Bcycle bike share system is rolling smoothly all year.  As graduate of the University of Central Missouri, he worked at the local bike […]

  • Sidewalks Mean Business

    In debate about $800 million infrastructure bond, evidence shows sidewalks and bike lanes bring the biggest return on investment of public money. They create more jobs than road-only projects, and have high ROI on economic activity and health improvements.

  • What’s Your Resolution?

    Happy New Year! To kick the year off right, a few of us at BikeWalkKC decided we’d share some of our 2017 resolutions. Brandon: having accomplished a lot of goals in 2016 – running a 5K, learning to ski and snowboard, becoming an LCI instructor, working on a Tensies-award-winning experiential film – my only resolution for […]

  • 2016 Year in Review

    2016 marked BikeWalkKC’s sixth year! Thanks to our members, volunteers, and partners we saw another great year growing the organization, and impacting the quality of life across the Kansas City region. BikeWalkKC’s milestones in 2016 A growing organization Our team of professional advocates, educators, and planners continues to grow. We have 10 full-time folks and another […]

  • Performance audit says reboot the KCMO bike plan

    If you are frustrated with the pace of adding bike lanes on the streets of Kansas City, you are not alone. The KCMO City Auditor has released a performance audit of “Bike KC” – the city’s 2001 bike plan, finding it was inadequate from the start and a series of challenges over the last 15 years have doomed its success.

  • BikeWalkKC carries forward FreeWheels For Kids work in Wyandotte County

    For the last four years, KCK-based FreeWheels for Kids has been an important community organization working to empower youth with bicycles through education and advocacy in schools, community centers, and City Hall. BikeWalkKC worked with FreeWheels on many of these projects. Today FreeWheels for Kids shared the news that the organization is closing at the end of this […]

  • Road builders push back against sidewalk and bike lanes in the infrastructure bond

    Heavy Constructors and Councilwoman Shields argue for roads, roads, and more roads – while community members ask for sidewalks, sidewalks, and more sidewalks.

  • Polling shows strong public support for city-funded sidewalk program in the infrastructure bond

    Opinion polling for the city’s proposed $800 million infrastructure bond shows that 72% of people would be more likely to vote yes if it included a city-funded sidewalk program that shifted the financial burden off of homeowners. This is second only to improving the condition and safety of the city’s existing streets and bridges. Current […]