BikeWalkKC’s 10th Anniversary: notes from the first mile, 2011


Since BikeWalkKC’s founding in 2010, we’ve developed in-demand programs, grown our membership, attracted new partners, and established ourselves as leaders in the field of bicycle and pedestrian education and advocacy. But as detailed in our first Mile 10 blog post, BikeWalkKC started out with just a handful of volunteers, a few small grants, and boundless determination.

Our first full year: 2011

Following the receipt of our articles of incorporation, BikeWalkKC hit the ground running as its small staff and board members worked to raise the match funding needed for our founding grant from Advocacy Advance. 

Two major initiatives were launched as a result:

  • The first Tour de Bier (then called “Tour de Brew”) was held in May 2011, with 560 cyclists pre-registered, and more than 200 walk-ups on the day of the event. Since then, Tour de Bier has grown to one of the largest cycling events in the region, attracting 1,200+ riders and including a dozen brewery partners. The 2020 event will be on Sunday, May 17, starting and finishing at Berkley Riverfront Park and presented in partnership with Port KC. Are you registered yet?
  • BikeWalkKC launched its first youth education programs, serving nearly 1,000 kids in the urban core and first ring suburbs. Since then, we have served more than 30,000+ kids in 11 school districts. Five programs altogether impact kids and their families by teaching the next generation safe ways to bike and walk to improve their health and well-being. Want to bring BikeWalkKC to your kids’ school or after-school activities? Click here to learn more

Other fun facts from 2011:

  • BikeWalkKC’s brand identity was led by 360 Architects (now a part of HOK).
  • Our very first members signed up that year. We’ll be honoring those initial members at our Mile 10 celebration this fall. Stay tuned for details!
  • Kansas adopted the Three Foot Passing law in July 2011.
  • BikeWalkKC won a Philly Award for its marketing campaign efforts in our first year; we’re proud to have co-won that award again in 2019 for the PrideKC campaign partnership with KCATA and the Kansas City Streetcar.

For how long have you known BikeWalkKC? We’d love to hear your stories! Contact to share.

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