By Laura Steele, Education Outreach Coordinator
The classes were held at the Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center and consisted of three hours of classroom-style education and then six hours of on-bike skills practice. The on-bike training included hazard maneuvers and road rides that utilized existing bicycle facilities. Participants learned about the rights and responsibilities cyclists have to the road as well as how to map a safe route, bike maintenance demonstrations, and how to properly secure a bicycle using a bike lock. Most excitingly, those who attended all nine hours were eligible to earn a bike, which were provided through community bike donations.
This strong collaboration between the City of Mission, the Mission Police Department, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, LiveWell Johnson County, and BikeWalkKC provided a welcoming environment for the attendees who came from both sides of the state line, ranged in age from 12-81, and were comprised of married couples, moms and sons, and even entire families! We are pleased to collaborate with municipalities, community and civic organizations, and residents to advance safe, health active transportation for all.