October 2016 Newsletter


Halloween Ride + Taps: Oct. 29 Benefitting BikeWalkKC

Join us at Bier Station on Saturday, Oct. 29 for the final Bier Station/Family Bicycles/New Belgium Brewing bike ride of the year. We’ll start with a family-friendly, short bike ride (costumes encouraged!) at 10:15 a.m. and stay to enjoy some delicious food and drink. Proceeds from select New Belgium pours will benefit BikeWalkKC.

There will be some great give-aways and prizes, including a new Detroit Bikes cruiser from New Belgium. Kick off your Halloween celebrations with BikeWalkKC!

Exciting Developments in the Works: Overland Park and North KC

The cities of Overland Park and North Kansas City are making great strides toward more bike- and pedestrian-friendly streets:

  • Overland Park is adding new, protected bike lanes; improving major streets; and expanding its bikeway network. Click here to learn more.
  • North Kansas City is improving transit stops, landscaping, and stormwater runoff, and will be building the region’s first-ever two-way protected bike lanes. Click here to learn more.

We applaud these communities for taking the lead in making their streets safe, connected, and accessible for all to enjoy.

Tweed Ride Rolls Again, Nov. 5

Registration is now open for the 7th Annual Tweed Ride, Saturday, Nov. 5 at Kessler Park in the historic Northeast KC neighborhood. We will gather at the Colonnade at 10:00 a.m. with a family-friendly ride to commence at 11:00.

After the ride, enjoy a picnic lunch at the park, docent-led tours of the Kansas City Museum, and plenty of games, entertainment, and surprises. Dress in your finest turn of the century era wools, tweeds, silks and argyles! Sponsorship opportunities are available; visit www.bikewalkkc.org/tweed to learn more.


Youth Education Programs BLAST Off

This fall, BikeWalkKC’s instructors are working in 15 elementary and high schools across 7 districts. Through our Bicycle Lesson and Safety Training (BLAST), Earn-A-Bike, and Youth Ambassadors/Bike Club programs, we are working to improve kids’ health by making active transportation a daily practice by incorporating physical activity into students’ lives.

If your school or youth organization is interested in participating next spring, please contact us today – available slots are filling up fast and we anticipate a wait list!

Warm Up Your Commute with Icicle Cycle, Nov. 2

We are again joining forces with Icicle Cycle to celebrate the changing weather with a fall cider and coffee stop. We’ll be serving up warm drinks and food at the corner of Armour Blvd. and Gillham Road in Midtown KCMO from 7-9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Coffee will be provided courtesy of Mother Earth Coffee. We will be displaying the new plans for the Armour Boulevard road diet; representatives from Public Works will be there to answer questions about the plans.

Click here to learn more and to RSVP.

City of Mission Announces Bike Drive, Handlebar Happy Hour, Nov. 10

The City of Mission
and BikeWalkKC will co-host a happy hour at The Bar, on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bike donations will be accepted, so bring your used or unwanted adult bicycles. Donated bikes will be cleaned and repaired, and either given to the City’s adopted families at the holidays, or used through BikeWalkKC’s Earn-A-Bike program. Donations are tax-deductible. Click here to learn more and to RSVP.

A Look Back at the 2016 Women’s Bike Summit

Thanks to all who participated in our 3rd Annual Women’s Bike Summit on September 20 at St. Teresa’s Academy. More than 100 women from around the region came together to network, learn, and share. Special thanks to our presenters, sponsors, and vendors for helping to make this year’s event better than ever!

KCMO’s New Sidewalk Closure Policy

The City of Kansas City, MO recently unanimously passed an ordinance that more tightly regulates the closures of sidewalks during construction. The ordinance significantly restricts contractors and utilities from blocking sidewalks and will go a long way toward maintaining walkway accessibility during construction. It is the result of great work by Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, neighborhood and community advocates, City Council champions, and the Public Works Department. Click here to learn more.

Join or Renew Your Membership

BikeWalkKC is a member-supported nonprofit and we rely on individuals like you to help us fight for your rights at City Hall, raise motorists’ awareness, educate the next generation, and make KC a better place to walk, bike, live, work, and play. Please join, renew, or make a donation today.


Posted in BikeWalkKC News, News.