Please plan to attend our August Handlebar Happy Hour event this Thursday between 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Stockyards Brewing Co. in the West Bottoms! This is our first collaboration with Stockyards, and they are graciously providing $1 from every pour to benefit the Women Bike KC Initiative. Sip Stockyards Brewing Co’s creative takes on classic styles, take a brewery tour, and enter to win great prizes in our raffle!
We’re excited that the “Thirsty Thursdays” crew is adapting their ride to include a stop at Stockyards that evening! Their ride departs from Velo Garage and Taphouse in North Kansas City at 6:15 p.m. (Note: Thirsty Thursday is a “show and go,” no-drop ride organized by individuals and not formally affiliated with BikeWalkKC.)
Confident City Cycling returns Aug. 16
Participate in KC’s most comprehensive bike safety program
Are you “interested but concerned” about riding your bike? Want to learn how to make basic repairs and do your own bike maintenance? Curious to meet fellow cyclists and learn skills in a safe and supportive environment? We’ve got just the thing for you!
BikeWalkKC’s Confident City Cycling series provides you with new concepts for navigating streets and helps you build practical bike handling skills necessary for city riding. This intensive course teaches safety knowledge and bike handling skills, culminating with a group bike ride led by our League Certified Instructors.
When: Confident City Cycling is a co-ed, three-class series held on Thursday evenings in August from 6:00-8:30PM:
August 23, AND
This class is great for:
Anyone who wants to lead adult or youth bike training
Tickets are selling fast for the Women’s Bike Summit, Sept. 15
We’ve got a great lineup of panelists, partners, vendors, and activities planned for the Regional Women’s Bike Summit, coming up on Saturday, September 15 at the beautiful Southeast Community Center in Swope Park. Co-hosted by KC Parks, this event is a full day of hands-on learning, networking, and on-bike activities for women and girls of all skill levels. Complimentary childcare is available.
Save the Date:
North KC cycle track ribbon-cutting, Aug. 24
Celebrate the region’s very first dedicated, protected bikeway
The City of North Kansas City is cutting the ribbon on a brand new two-way protected cycle track in its redevelopment area of Diamond Parkway, connecting 16th Avenue to Armour Road, east of Interstate 35/29. Join us at the celebration:
Friday, August 24 at 3:00 p.m.
Ribbon-cutting, refreshments, and riding the cycle track
FREE on-site BCycle checkouts at the event
More details are coming soon!
The bikeway is part of City of North Kansas City’s new Complete Streets vision to make it a greener, more welcoming place for all modes of transportation and improving the quality of life for NKC residents and visitors. Other improvements will include enhanced transit stops, landscaping, and stormwater runoff and retention improvements. For more information, visit the City’s Community Development webpage.
As Seen on the Blog
Have you visited our blog recently? If not, here’s a digest of some of the latest reports:
Cyclists and pedestrians are being injured and killed at an alarming rate on KC streets, primarily because our streets have historically been designed for cars, not people:
Sunday, September 30 (last game of the season!)
Bike ride departs at 12:45 from the
Kauffman Memorial Garden
4800 Rockhill Road
KCMO 64110 Game start time: 2:00 p.m.
Last year, Jackson County broke ground on the new Rock Island Shared Use Path. Not only will the path connect the Truman Sports Complex to Missouri’s Katy Trail State Park, it will also open a new way to bike to the ballpark and a whole new world of bicycle tailgating.
Join our casual group ride to the stadium, meet Jackson County officials working on the project, and get a few sneak peeks of how this project will interact with the Stadium Complex.
Our Tour de Bier partners at Bike MS: Kansas City are offering BikeWalkKC members and friends a discount on this year’s ride event. Enjoy a 1-day or 2-day cycling adventure riding from Garmin Headquarters in Olathe to the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, where a celebration awaits you at the finish. You’ll find an unforgettable experience, complete with food trucks, Boulevard beer, live music, massages and more.
To make your ride a safe and memorable one, all routes feature well-stocked rest stops every 8-12 miles and are monitored by a route support team consisting of HAM radio operators, support vans, motorcycle patrol, law enforcement, EMTs and mechanics from our partner bike shops. Visit bikems.org for more information and to register.
Calling all who are interested in mobility, technology, and multi-modal transportation: you’re invited to participate in an “un-conference” on Saturday, August 25!
We are partnering with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance (KCRTA), and Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) for an important community conversation about innovative mobility — autonomous vehicles, multimodal transportation, mobility-as-a-service, connected infrastructure, and other topics.
Saturday, August 25
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Road
But this is not a traditional conference. The session topics and activities are suggested by the attendees. In addition to talks and presentations from regional experts in transportation and technology, Transportation Camp provides an opportunity for every attendee to be a participant in shaping and leading the event.
Featuring a beautiful design by Banjo Creative and the craftsmanship from Primal, you can now show off your BikeWalkKC pride in a brand new jersey! These “club cut” jerseys are available in women’s and men’s sizes, and we’ll ship it right to your door.
Help get more women and girls on bikes: Support the Women Bike KC Initiative
Women Bike KC is an initiative of BikeWalkKC that provides education, resources and encouragement to get more women on bicycles and ultimately participate in our community as riders and leaders. This program is made possible through support from foundations, partners, and people like YOU.
We need to raise $2,500 to expand the Women Bike KC Initiative! Please donate today and help close the gender gap in cycling in Kansas City.
So far, we have raised $975 for this important initiative. Your support enables BikeWalkKC to expand our programming and ensure that more women and girls feel confident and excited about cycling in greater Kansas City. Women Bike KC programs and activities include: