April Newsletter


We’ve got lots to share this month! Here’s a quick index of this newsletter’s articles; click the link to jump to that section:

Spring is here, and so are the events

Now that warmer weather is attempting to make a comeback, we’ve got lots of events and activities on the horizon to help get you moving. Mark your calendars:



Midtown KCMO Complete Streets: Speak Up!

The City of KCMO is studying several streets in Midtown for Complete Streets improvements, which could include things like bike lanes, sidewalk upgrades, road diets, and more. This plan is an opportunity to begin transforming prominent streets in Kansas City’s most walkable neighborhoods.

Unfortunately there is some opposition to Complete Streets, including a variety concerns around a reluctance to make changes that might make motor vehicle traffic less of priority.

We need your voice added to those who support Complete Streets! Here’s how you can help:

Click here to learn more, and to add your voice.

Bike Month is Coming: Are You Ready?

May is National Bike Month, and we want the Kansas City region to show the rest of the country how it’s done! The regional Bike Month website is up and running, featuring events, activities, and resources for your organization, school, or business. Click here to view the site, and add your own events to the community calendar.

National Bike to Work Day is on Friday, May 18, and we’re working with our partners and friends to organize encouragement events around town. If your business, school, or organization would like to serve as a Commuter Coffee Stop location from 7:30-9:00am that morning, please contact info@bikewalkkc.org so we can add you to the list! 

Here are some other key dates and BikeWalkKC activities during Bike Month:

And did we mention: the Tour de Bier happens in May?? Read on to learn more!



Tour de Bier: Explore KC History by Bike

Our signature fundraising event, the Tour de Bier, rolls again on Sunday, May 20. This ride explores Kansas City’s brewing past and present, with stops at up to nine of the KC-area’s excellent breweries and three different routes. Proceeds benefit the advocacy and education programs of BikeWalkKC.

Registration is now open and includes a fully supported ride, souvenir map and t-shirt, samples at each brewery stop, lunch and two drink tickets at the post-ride party, and opportunities to mingle with other cyclists, partners, sponsors, and vendors. The ride starts and ends at the one-and-only Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms.

Click here to register!

To get you ready to ride, we’ve organized some warm-up activities:

Don’t forget: there’s still time to order your exclusive Tour de Bier jersey. Show your Bier pride in this beautiful, custom design!



Announcing: BikeWalkKC’s Complete Streets Advocacy Workshops

Since the City of Kansas City, Missouri, passed a Complete Streets Ordinance last December, BikeWalkKC has been working with our partners and leaders to identify next steps in this important effort.

Beginning with the Northeast KCMO neighborhood, we are launching our first Complete Streets Advocacy Workshop series to engage and train community and neighborhood leaders, small business owners, and individuals in the Northeast who want to see a change in the built environment.

This FREE seven-session series includes such topics as:
– Introduction to Active Transportation
– Identifying the Problem
– Built Environment Design
– Built Environment Toolbox
– Identifying Campaign Targets
– Your Campaign’s Message
– Tactical Training

Sessions will be held from 6:00-8:00pm on Thursdays from May 20 – June 21 at the Independence Avenue CID.

Click here to learn more and register!



Bike Share Comes to Brookside51

If you live, work, or shop in the Brookside area, you’ve undoubtably seen the construction project at 51st and Brookside Boulevard: Brookside51. This multi-use project will include apartments, a Whole Foods, UMKC’s Student Health Services, and yes – a bike share station!

The new station is located on the Trolley Track Trail side of the complex, and is slated to open when the project concludes in mid-spring.

“We’re excited to add a new bike share station in this location,” says Eric Vaughan, Director of Bike Share and Business Services. “It provides an important connection between our Plaza stations and our stations in Brookside and Waldo. It will be a convenient option for those who wish to shop and visit Brookside51 and the other shops and restaurants along 51st Street, and offers a great way to travel along the trail.”

Click here to learn more about Bike Share KC and view all 42 of our station locations across the metro.



Provide Your Input: Federal Funding for Local Bike/Ped Projects

Several local projects are currently seeking federal funds for things like bike lanes, trails, bike share, Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, and more. These federal funding applications are now open for public comment. All projects selected for funding would be scheduled for 2021-22.

Your input on these applications is an important part of the selection process as the Mid-America Regional Council makes decisions about the next two years of transportation funding in the metro area.

May 4 is the deadline to provide feedback; click here to learn more and link to the project proposals.



Aetna Project Moves Forward

As you may recall, last fall BikeWalkKC was selected as one of 25 grantees for the Aetna Foundation’s Cultivating Healthy Communities program and awarded a community grant to work in partnership with Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

Since then, we’ve been hard at work delivering education programs, conducting data collection and evaluation, meeting with stakeholders, and engaging with parents and school staff.

We’ve created a new page on our website where will provide updates and links related to the project’s progress. We are thrilled to partner with community partners, parents, students, KCPS administration, school staff, and advocates to deliver programs and activities that positively impact public health in the Northeast KCMO neighborhoods.

Click here to view the Aetna Project website.



Presenting: 2017 Annual Report

Hot off the presses: BikeWalkKC’s 2017 Annual Report includes storytelling by some of our program champions, updates on our programs and activities, and long lists of those who make our work possible: our members, volunteers, funders, sponsors, partners, and program participants. We thank all of you for another record-setting year!

Click here to view the report.



Be a Bike/Ped Champion: Join BikeWalkKC

Our members power our work: we can’t continue to expand and grow without the support of individuals like YOU. Your support is reinvested into the programs and activities of BikeWalkKC, which works to redefine our streets as places for people to build a culture of active living.

Will you join us?





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