August 2013 Newsletter

Join us for August Handlebar Happy Hour in KCK on Thursday the 8th

We’re heading up Strawberry Hill to the 403 Club! Meet up with other BikeWalkKC members and friends. This month’s featured speaker is Amanda Smasal from Wayside Waifs. Details and RSVP.

September HHH
Save the date of September 12th for Big RIp Brewing Co. in North Kansas City.


Learn about future streetcar extensions on August 8th

The streetcar starter line is on track for a 2015 debut, and the city is already studying future extensions. An event on August 8th is your chance to learn more, ask questions, and bike suggestions. Read More….

Bikes and Streetcars
The two can work well together to improve options for getting around the city. However, there are some important issues. Our Bike/Streetcar FAQ answers common questions and provides a lot of important information.


Leawood kicks off new bike/ped plan on August 12th

Learn all about Leawood’s upcoming Active Transportation Plan at a special expo featuring BikeWalkKC and many other organizations and businesses serving bicyclists and pedestrians in Leawood. City leaders are making it a priority to become a better place to walk and bike, so stop by to learn more, ask questions, and make suggestions. Read more….

 


Women's Bike Clinic at Velo+ on August 18th

Velo+ in Lenexa is KC's newest bike shop, and they have invited BikeWalkKC's Maggie Priesmeyer to lead a women's only class on bike safety and maintenance. Learn bike safely and confidently for transportation, fitness, and fun! Read more….

 


Is your child’s school participating in International Walk to School Day October 9th?

In 1969 half of all kids biked or walked to school, and chronic diseases like obesity and childhood diabetes were rare. Today less than 15% of kids walk or bike to school, and today’s kids are the first generation of Americans with a lower life expectancy than their parents. Making our communities safe and accessible for kids to walk and bike to school improves kids’ health and academic performance.

Join schools and students around the world by walking to school on October 9th. BikeWalkKC is working with the Mid-America Regional Council to organize this regional celebration. Visit walktoschoolkc.com to make a pledge to walk to school with your child, and find out how your school can participate.


Bring our BLAST bike safety program to your school

   

A very important part of getting more kids biking to school is ensuring they have the knowledge and skills to bike safely and confidently. Our teacher-approved BLAST program brings a mobile bike fleet into local schools, reaching over 1,000 kids across the region last year. We are now taking applications from schools that want to participate in the fall semester. Learn more an apply now.

 


Car space becomes people space on September 7th

Ciclovia, the international movement to create public space by temporarily closing streets, is coming to Kansas City for the first time. BikeWalkKC is teaming up with MainCor to present a ciclovia demonstration as part of Main Street Day on September 7th. Read More….

 


Confident City Cycling returns in September

KC's most comprehensive adult bike training returns for three evenings in September. Learn to bike safely and confidently for transportation, recreation, and fitness. Confident City Cycling combines expert classroom instruction with bike handling skills and a graduation ride safe local streets. Read more and register online….

Become a certified cycling instructor
Confident City Cycling follows the League of American Cyclists' Traffic Skills 101 curriculum, the prerequisite for the LCI certification seminar being offered in KC later this year.

 


Bike America is a new Business Member

We are happy to welcome Bike America in Overland Park as our newest Business Member.  Becoming a Business Member of BikeWalkKC is a great way for local businesses to help improve walking and biking across the metro area. We can also help you make your own business a great destination for customers and employees.

   

Learn more about BikeWalkKC Business Membership


Our first Yoga for Cyclists was a big success!

Thank you to everyone who came to our first Yoga for Cyclists event last month at Lululemon on the Plaza. We had a great time meeting everyone, and can’t wait to do it again. We are on the lookout for cyclist-friendly yoga studios around the metro area, so let us know if you have a favorite!

 


Free bike necklace to our next new or renewing member

A local jewelry designer has donated this awesome bike-themed necklace to us, and we are giving it away to the first person to become a BikeWalkKC member or renew their membership today!

 

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