BikeWalkKC has seen a lot of growth over the last year, and we recently welcomed two individuals to our full-time staff: Joe Blankenship and Joshua Hoffman.
Joe Blankenship will be working with BikeWalkKC as the Safe Routes to School Planner. BikeWalkKC received a two-year grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to expand on work done through a pilot Safe Routes to School Program done at James Elementary in Kansas City, Missouri. Joe will be working with a number of elementary schools in the Kansas City Public School District to expand on the program BikeWalkKC implemented at James Elementary.
Safe Routes to School is a national program that is implemented at the local level with the goal of improving the overall health of children and communities through safe and viable active transportation choices such as walking and biking.
In order to move towards this goal, Joe will be working with the KCPS District, individual school administrators, students, parents, community organizations and other stakeholders to engage in a participatory community planning process. This process will entail analyzing current conditions around schools and the realities of student/parent travel to and from school, advocating for improved infrastructure, promoting events and classes that support active transportation choices and encouraging students, parents and the community at large to sustain a conversation on the benefits of active transportation.
Joe is excited to begin working with BikeWalkKC on this exciting project and looks forward to getting to know Kansas City in a new way.
Joshua Hoffman is BikeWalkKC’s newest addition to the programing and education team. Joshua is helping the Education Programs Manager Maggie Priesmeyer deliver and expand the BLAST and Earn-A-Bike programs as well as pilot the new Youth Ambassadors program for middle-school aged students. Additionally, he is researching and securing new grant funding to help grow BikeWalkKC’s impact on the Kansas City region.
For the last three years Joshua has worked as a part-time instructor and volunteer for BikeWalkKC. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to join BikeWalkKC as a staff member. He brings over a decade of experience working with elementary and middle-school students and a passion for data-driven program development.
If you see Joe or Joshua at one of our next events, help us welcome them to the team! We’re excited to have their talents and expertise to help make KC a better place to bike and walk.
Photo above: Left, Joshua Hoffman; Right, Joe Blankenship