July 2013 Newsletter

Keep your kids safe with summer biking tips

School's out and the kids can't wait to play outside and ride their bikes in the sunshine. BikeWalkKC instructor Maggie Priesmeyer has some tips to keep them safe and happy all summer. http://bikewalkkc.org/content/keep-your-kids-safe-summer-biking-tips.



Yoga for Cyclists on July 24th

Join us for a free yoga class geared towards cyclists at Lululemon on the Plaza. Get the details and RSVP for free: http://bikewalkkc.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=16777


Handlebar Happy Hour on August 8th

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our July Handlebar Happy Hour at  Zona Rosa. Next month we are heading up Strawberry Hill in KCK. Save the date and plan to meet us at the 403 Club. Details: http://bikewalkkc.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=16779.


BLAST for summer camps and school programs

Still need some fun and educational programming for your summer camp or summer school program? Our BLAST program is a great way to teach 4th, 5th, and 6th graders important bike safety lessons and skills, while getting in some healthy physical activity. 

Learn more at http://bikewalkkc.org/content/bring-blast-your-summer-camp-class-or-program

We recently brought BLAST to more than 30 kids in summer camp in the Washington Wheatley neighborhoodhttp://bikewalkkc.org/content/bikewalkkc-brings-blast-washington-wheatley-neighborhood.


Ciclovia is coming to KC on September 7th

A growing international movement is creating temporary public space by closing streets to cars and opening them to people for walking, biking, runnnig, dancing, eating, playing, and more! It goes by names like Ciclovia, Open Streets, Sunday Parkways, etc. BikeWalkKC is teaming up with MainCor to bring Kansas City into this movement with Cyclovia, part of the new Main Street Day on September 7th.

Save the date and learn more at: http://bikewalkkc.org/ciclovia


BikeWalkKC's Safe Routes to School Program is gearing up for back to school

In 1969, 50% of kids walked or biked to school. Today less than 15% do. Today's kids have a shortage of physical activity, and are the first generation of Americans with a shorter life expectency than their parents.

Our Safe Routes to School programs are working with local schools, governments, and neighborhoods to make it safer and easier for kids to walk and bike school. International Walk to School Day on October 9th is a great opportunity to walk your kids to school, or even organize a Walking School Bus with your neighbors. 

Learn more about how we can help your school and your neighborhoood get ready for this fall: http://bikewalkkc.org/saferoutes


Kansas City B-cycle celebrates first anniversary

July 3rd marked one year since many of you helped us roll out the nation's only advocate-owned bike share system, Kansas City B-cycle Powered by Blue KC. It has been a great ride. You have gone more than 21,000 miles, offset 20,000 pounds of carbon, and burned over 800,000 calories! This summer check out B-cycle's new Tour Cards to explore local coffee, art, retail, and pampering.

Visit kansascity.bcycle.com to find a B-station near you!


Turkey Creek Trail extenson under construction

The popular southwest corridor bike route is about to get a big improvement with a new section of the Turkey Creek Trail in Overland Park, between Antioch and Metcalf. Construction is underway and will be done by the end of this summer.



Rail trail draws billion dollars in private investment

Some of the BikeWalkKC crew recently attended the Center For Transportation Excellence's conference in Atlanta, where we had the opportunity to explore the city's new Beltline Trail. This urban rail-to-trail project has spurred over a billion dollars of private investment in housing, offices, retail, and other development.





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