BikeWalkKC January 2018 Newsletter

We have lots to celebrate about 2017: Expansion of bicycle and pedestrian improvements across the metro; Kansas City, MO passing a Complete Streets Ordinance and the GO Bonds; bike share expansion to exciting new locations; and nearly 5000 students served in our youth education programs.  Ring in 2018 with new ways to get involved!

Tour de Bier

Your future is so bright…

Planning a sunny escape is a proven treatment for cabin fever, and lucky for us, Winter Registration for the Tour de Bier is now open!  Mark your calendars and sign up now to save on the biggest organized bike ride in Kansas City.  Imagine yourself cruising through a history lesson in local beer, a warm breeze at your back, your sunscreen melting down your nose. You sample (free) beers. You socialize. You wear shorts. You finish the ride at Knuckleheads, ready for (free) lunch and maybe another (free) beer.  Are you picturing it?  Prices go up February 1st, so register today!


47th Street Complete Street Public Open House, January 23

The City of Westwood is working in coordination with the City of Roeland Park, Unified Government of Wyandotte County-Kansas City, Kansas, BikeWalkKC, and the Mid-America Regional Council to study improvements to 47th Street.  This planning effort is exploring ways to make the 47th Street corridor safer, more inviting, and more attractive for all users, as well as public improvements that can support existing and future businesses.


What: Join us to learn more about the project and share your feedback on early design concepts to improve 47th Street.  Review analysis of the feasibility of a “road diet” and other ideas that would reconfigure travel lanes on 47th Street to provide improvements for pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, on-street parking, or other activities.

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2017
Open house format – come any time between 4:30pm and 7:30pm.

Westwood City Hall Community Room
4700 Rainbow Boulevard
Westwood, KS 66205

For more information, contact:
Fred Sherman
Chief Administrative Officer, City of Westwood


Bike to Yoga at Lifted Spirits

Lift your hearts and lift your spirits at our very first Bike to Yoga of 2018!  BikeWalkKC and our friends at Lifted Spirits Distillery invite you to join us for a bike ride (weather permitting) and yoga class led by our own yogi/urban planner and #WomenBikeKC champion, Annamarie Weddell.  Think of this as a Valentine’s date for you and your bike!  Stay tuned for more details.

When: Sunday, Feb. 11, 1 PM ride, 2 PM yoga
Where: Lifted Spirits Distillery
1734 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO


Family Earn-A-Bike in KCK

Family Earn-A-Bike

Nearly 200 students earned bikes in 2017!

What’s better than a free bike? How about earning that bike with your parent? During a week-long Family Earn-A-Bike program at Emerson Elementary in Kansas City, Kansas, students and guardians worked together learning basic maintenance techniques, practicing their bike handling skills and riding together. Typically, the program is delivered over a 6-8 week period, however, this condensed format was easier for parents to commit to and held the attention spans of the youth. In all, 16 students and 14 parents earned bikes and Kansas City, Kansas gained 30 new cyclists!

Do you have a bicycle to donate to our Earn-A-Bike program?  Contact us at for details on how you can pay it forward.


Local Advisory Committees

Interest in more bikable and walkable communities is growing across the metro, with motivated citizens organizing awareness campaigns, walking school buses, and bike rides to promote active living in Kansas City and beyond.  If you’ve been looking for ways to deepen your engagement, consider joining a local advisory committee!  The voices of individual bicyclists and pedestrians are invaluable in redefining streets as places for people, and your city needs you to speak up. For more information about how you can be affect change in your neighborhood, visit our In Your Community page.



BikeWalkKC is redefining our streets as places for people to build a culture of active living, and your membership supports these efforts.  Thank you!



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