It’s the first day of National Bike Month! Typically, Bike Month is a time of celebrations like Bike to Work Day, Bike to School Day, the end of a busy semester of bike safety education, our annual membership campaign, planning for our 10th anniversary bash, and the Tour de Bier (now rescheduled for August 9). Obviously, this year’s Bike Month looks very different due to the COVID-19 crisis.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to celebrate. BikeWalkKC’s team members have been busy pivoting to keep the proverbial wheels turning:
- With our school partners, we’re offering online pedestrian and bike safety education, including resources with at-home activities families can do together
- RideKC Bike & Scooter is offering free rides for healthcare workers and for delivery services, and our ridership is at an all-time high
- Our policy team is working with cities around the region on creative “Open Streets” strategies to give people space to move safely outside – KCMO stepped up quickly to implement several projects
And, next week, the KCMO City Council will consider a Vision Zero resolution – identifying strategies to reduce traffic-related deaths to zero – truly a significant advance in policy for our region. Interested to learn more? Join us today at 4:30 for a Zoom conversation with Ashley Hand, co-founder of CityFi and Board Chair for the KC Regional Transit Alliance to learn more about Vision Zero and how you can advocate for the resolution. Click here to register.
We want to hear from you. How is COVID-19 impacting you, your job, and your transportation habits? What do you want to see from us going forward? Take our survey and let us know.
Finally, if you are able, we hope you will consider becoming a member of BikeWalkKC this Bike Month. Memberships start at $10 and provide critical resources for us to continue our work in these uncertain times. Our members are a growing collection of voices speaking up and affirming that our streets are places for people! Click here to join.