BikeWalkKC staff with bike champion and outgoing US Transportation Secrtary Ray LaHood.
National Bike Summit
This week much of our staff is in Washington, DC for the National Bike Summit, an annual gathering of bike/ped leaders from across the country. On Wednesday we will be meeting with the local Congressional delegation to talk about the importance of biking and walking for Kansas City’s economy, health, and environment. Federal support is critical for important local projects like the Heart of America Bridge, Indian Creek Trail, Bike Week, and local walk to school programs.
Our work in DC is made possible by the generous support of the KC Metro Bike Club, and our amazing members and donors. Thank you for enabling us to fight for you – from City Hall all the way to the US Capitol!
KCK Mayor’s race
The race to replace Joe Reardon narrowed to two bike-friendly finalists in last week’s primary election. Current Commissioners Ann Murguia and Mark Holland will advance to the run-off election on April 2nd. Both finalists have been strong supporters of biking and walking during their time on the Commission, and reiterated that support at the mayoral forum BikeWalkKC recently co-hosted with the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance.
MoDOT listening sessions
Plans are in the works to boost transportation funding in Missouri, and your voice is needed to ensure biking and walking are included. Next week you can attend of MoDOT's "Listening Sessions" (March 12th-14th) to suggest specific bike/ped projects and bigger picture policy improvements. More at http://bikewalkkc.org/modotlisteningmarch2013
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day parade
BikeWalkKC and Kansas City B-cycle are assembling a motley crew of walkers, runners, cyclists, tweed riders, etc to have an awesome time in the 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade. Show your creativity by decorating your bike, decorating yourself, bringing your cargo bike or your art bike, etc. Our group is limited to the first 100 people to sign up, so please RSVP today at http://bikewalkkc.org/events/14933
April 20: Pub and Pedal for Earth Day
This member-organized event benefits BikeWalkKC’s work to promote sustainable transportation. Join a fun-loving group of BikeWalkKC on an easy-paced ride touring some of the city’s finest establishments. Get your tickets now at http://bikewalkkc.org/pubpedal
May 11: Bike Prom
Kick off Bike Week the 2nd Annual Bike Prom, a fun time with local food, DJ Miles Bonny, and beverages from Tallgrass Brewery. Dress up your bike, your date, and yourself. Or go stag and bring a tandem in case you find love at Bike Prom. Tickets on sale now at http://bikewalkkc.org/bikeprom
May 19: Tour de Brew KC
It’s back! Explore Kansas City’s rich brewery heritage past and present, discover historic neighborhoods, and join the rockin after party at Knuckleheads Saloon. New editions this year include Bier Station in South KC, Big Rip Brewery in North KC, and Tallgrass Brewery from Manhattan, KS. Tour de Brew KC is one of BikeWalkKC’s biggest events and funds our work to fight for more bike lanes, trails, and sidewalks. Early registration is now open, and jerseys are on sale until March 10th. http://tourdebrewkc.com
June 6: New Belgium Clips – Film and Beer Festival
Our friends at New Belgium Brewery return once again for an awesome night under the stars with great brews and wonderful short films. Save the date of June 6th. We will once again be giving away a coveted New Belgium bike. Join BikeWalkKC or renew your membership for extra chances to win this rare bike! http://bikewalkkc.org/join
The bikes coming! Bike share returns to the streets of Downtown next week. Kansas City B-cycle Powered by Blue KC is a great way to get around for lunch time errands, Saturday City Market shopping, First Friday gallery hopping, and of course the Big 12 basketball tournament next week. Learn more at get an Annual Membership at http://kansascity.bcycle.com.