November 2017 Newsletter

Events & Happenings in November (and beyond!)

Fall is here, and we’ve got lots of great events and activities planned:

  • TOMORROW, Wednesday, Oct. 31 is our Halloween Commuter Coffee Stop, “no tricks, just treats!” Join us at the intersection of Armour & Gillham between 7:30-9:00am for FREE Lamar’s donuts and Mother Earth Coffee. Show up in costume and get entered to WIN two free tickets to the Tweed Ride and a sweet vintage bike!
  • This Wednesday, Nov. 1, our first-ever Advanced Maintain Your Ride Clinic will be held at BikeWalkKC from 6:00-9:00pm. This will be our final clinic of the year and there are very few seats remaining, so don’t miss out!
  • This Saturday, Nov. 4, join us for the 8th Annual Tweed Ride, presented by AARP Missouri. This family-friendly event takes place in the historic Northeast KCMO neighborhood, and includes a casual ride along car-free Cliff Drive and a picnic at the Colonnade. Vintage attire is encouraged, and our partners at KC Costume Company are providing a discount on rentals and purchases. Click here to learn more.
  • Thursday, Nov. 16, the City of Mission and BikeWalkKC are holding a Community Bike Drive and Handlebar Happy Hour at The Bar on Johnson Drive from 5:30-7:30pm. Donate your used, outgrown, or unwanted bikes to Mission’s Family Holiday Adoption Program, and enjoy getting to know fellow bike/ped advocates. All donations are tax-deductible.
  • It’s official: the 2018 Tour de Bier KC will be held on May 20, 2018. Save the date!

You may also be interested in:

  • Thursday, Nov. 9, Little Blue Trace trail extension ribbon-cutting: Join KC Parks and Jackson County Parks + Rec for a ribbon cutting celebrating the nearly one-mile extension of scenic, paved, multi-use trail along the Little Blue River. Bring your walking shoes, dog, or bike and enjoy this latest addition! 10:30-11:30am; light refreshments will be served.
  • Saturday, Nov. 11, Women’s Dirt Summit: The KC Women’s Dirt Summit brings women mountain bikers together for education, group riding, and networking. This is a FREE event and open to the public. Free childhood is also available, but you must register no later than tomorrow, Oct. 31 if you wish to utilize it.

Have an event you’d like to add to our calendar? Click here to learn more.

New Faces at BikeWalkKC

Please join us in welcoming two new teammates!

Michael Kelley, Policy Coordinator: Michael contributes to the organization’s efforts to research and advocate for active transportation policy. Additionally, he assists with BikeWalkKC’s community outreach and communication efforts. Prior to joining BikeWalkKC, Michael worked for such organizations as the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Michael earned his MPA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his BA from Kansas State University.

Annamarie Weddle, Planner: Annamarie joins our community consulting team to assist with planning, technical assistance, programming, and other projects. She is a long-time Women Bike KC champion, and was previously Planning Intern for the Center for Neighborhoods and Giving Grove. Annamarie is currently pursuing her degree in Urban Planning at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Click here to learn more about our growing team of bike/ped professionals.

Join the Complete Streets Movement

With our partners at the American Heart Association and KC Healthy Kids, we’ve recently launched Complete KC, a campaign to improve our streets for all modes of transportation and all ability levels. As a local bicycle and pedestrian advocate, you can help support this effort by joining our mailing list to stay abreast of opportunities to get involved.

Click here to join the movement!

What are “Complete Streets”? Click here to learn more

Why Ride Kansas City BCycle?

Thanks to our partners at INK Magazine, who have put together this fun article about “5 Reasons BCycle Has Us Pumped to Explore KC!” And of course, we’ve thought of a couple more:

  • We’ve updated our station map to include new locations at the KCMO City Government Center at 12th and Oak, and one at 32nd and Gillham Road. Now with 41 stations (and counting!), our interconnected system can get you to where you want to go – it’s fun, fast, and affordable. Click here to view the complete station map.
  • Now you can keep the bike all day! We’ve implemented a 24-hour pass that lets you check out a bike and ride it, uninterrupted, for a whole day. Click here to learn more about our rates and membership options.
  • Your membership works in other cities: Annual members can use their BCycle card/fob at 22 other B cities around the country. Click here for details.
  • There’s an app for that: To view all stations, plan your route, and search for available bikes, download the BCycle app.

Blazing the Trail: Maggie Priesmeyer

BikeWalkKC’s director of programs, Maggie Priesmeyer, has been selected as one of INK’s 2017 class of “30 Under 30.” This annual recognition is for KC-area visionary professionals who are making a difference in the region. Maggie, who began her career at BikeWalkKC as a volunteer when the organization was just-founded, says, “I feel very fortunate for the opportunities that have come my way, but I am also very driven and motivated through my work to make Kansas City a better place to live.” As her colleagues and friends, we are so proud of Maggie and the impact she has had with our education programs, the Women Bike KC initiative, and the 816 Bicycle Collective. Click here to read Maggie’s story.

Be a Bike/Walk Champion

If you share our mission to “redesign our streets as places for people to build a culture of active living,” please consider making a donation or becoming a member. Investing in BikeWalkKC helps us provide programs and services that create a better quality of life for all of Kansas City. Join us!

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