February 2015 Newsletter

Congratulations, Caroline!

Caroline Helmkamp 2015-02-12Caroline Helmkamp was honored with the UMB Senior Sportswoman Award at the WIN for KC luncheon on February 12. Caroline has been a staple in the biking community, and is also an outstanding BikeWalkKC volunteer and educator. Awardees are recognized for their contributions and achievements in sports and fitness. Congratulations, Caroline!

Handlebar Happy Hour in Waldo – Feb. 18th

Handlebar Happy HourJoin us on February 18th at Waldo Pizza for a casual meetup with other folks interested in biking, walking, and advocacy. Learn about BikeWalkKC’s programs, classes, and upcoming events, and smile big for our first Instagram photo! More details >>


Action Alert: support completion of the Turkey Creek Trail in Mission

The Prairie Village Post reports that the Mission City Council is once again balking at accepting federal funds for Johnson County’s final piece of the 10 mile Turkey Creek Trail, part of the regional MetroGreen system connecting Merriam, Overland Park, Mission, KCK, and Downtown KCMO. Let the Mission Mayor and City Council know that there is strong public support for the final segment of the Turkey Creek Trail in Johnson County. Learn more >>

Help plan this year’s Women’s Bike Summit

After an amazing inaugural event, the Women’s Bike Summit will be back in 2015, with a new date! Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 19th at the Kauffman Foundation. Do you have ideas to make the second summit super cool? Do you want to help make key decisions? Are you a woman who likes to bike? Join the planning committee by sending an email to Ellen Schwartze at ellen@bikewalkkc.org.

Comment on Blue Springs’ sidewalk improvement plan

The City of Blue Springs is making plans for sidewalk improvements, and wants your input! The deadline for comments is February 27. Read more >>

How downtown Kansas City’s “transit emphasis corridors” can include bike facilities

The Kansas City Area Transit Authority has plans in the works for rerouting all of their buses onto “Transit Emphasis Corridors” (TECs). These TECs are also on the city’s bike plan. We have taken this as an opportunity to do some research on the national best practices for integrating bike facilities along transit-heavy corridors. Learn how bikes and transit can work together >>

Speak up for bike/ped on KC’s boulevards and parkways

Kansas City’s boulevards and parkways are great places to walk and bike, and they could be even better. Speak up for bike lanes and trails as the KC Parks Department updates its design standards. Read more.

Writers wanted for Spokes People Blog

Spokes Peopel BlogKC Spokes People is our online forum for you to share your stories about getting around KC on two wheels or with your own two feet. Whether you are a seasoned commuter, or just getting started, we’d love to hear what you have to say!

Contact us at info@bikewalkkc.org get started.

joeMeet Joe Blankenship, our new SRTS planner

In October, Joe Blankenship started with BikeWalkKC as the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) planner. Joe has already jumped in by working with area districts and schools to identify ten schools that could benefit from the SRTS program’s community conversations and planning opportunities. Meet Joe and learn more about SRTS!>>

Buy your Tour de Bier jersey today!

This year’s Tour de Bier Jerseys are on sale, and come complete with their own pretzel pocket (plus two more pockets for trivial things like snacks and spare tubes)! Buy yours today, and don’t forget to register for the ride while you’re at it.



Confident City Cycling

Our adult education returns for another installment this March. Get the knowledge and skills to bike safely and confidently on city streets. This class is great for everyone from new cyclists to seasoned bike commuters. Learn more and register for the class

Become a League Cycling Instructor

Want to share your passion and enthusiasm with others? BikeWalkKC is once again hosting the League of American Bicyclists’ instructor certification seminar in April. Become a League Cycling Instructor and learn how to each others safe and confident cycling. Read more.

Students and interns help keep us rollin’

Our Cristo Rey High School work-study students have been a valuable addition to our office team! Thanks to their hard work, membership cards went out at the end of January, and our office looks just a little cleaner.

Also this spring, students from UMKC’s public health program and the KC Art Institute will be helping BikeWalkKC achieve lots of things. Stay tuned!

New Belgium Clips wants your videos!

Do you make videos about beer, bikes, adventure or life? Submit your clip to be in New Belgium Clips Film + Beer Tour show! Each year, this event chooses several submissions that are shown at the traveling beer and bike festival. Winners get neat prizes, plus their video is shown to thousands of cool people all across the country.

New Belgium Clips Film + Beer Tour is returning to KC on May 21, and we are once again the beneficiary! We’ll need lots of volunteers, so let us know if you’re interested in helping out at one of our biggest events.

Support two families in our local community

In late 2014 Joel Dyke passed away and Chuong Doan was seriously injured in a car crash. Both families need our support.

Learn how you can help.

Bike Share is open all winter with new stations

kcbcycleKansas B-cycle’s new stations in Westport and the Country Club Plaza are off to a great start! B-cycle is once again open all winter long, so you can take advantage of the new stations to try bike share.

Visit kansascity.bcycle.com to see a map of stations and learn all about bike share.

Kansas City B-cycle

Follow BikeShareKC on Instagram

Do you want more bikes in your Instagram feed? Follow @BikeShareKC!

Join the Movement

BikeWalkKC is a membership organization, and we can’t continue to fight for better walking and biking without your support. Please become a member today.

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