BikeWalkKC gives thanks

This year has been full of triumphs, blessings, achievements, courage, and hard work.

We’re grateful for our members and funders who saw a need and rose to meet it and for the “bike boom” that brought fresh legs into this race for places for people. We worked with partners to support the Tenant’s Bill of Rights, and we are collaborating on the region’s Climate Action Plan, Vision Zero, and the Physical Activity Plan. Families, neighborhoods, and community groups affected by traffic violence channeled their pain into action for safer streets. We advocated for decriminalizing biking and walkingRural communities in Missouri are adopting Complete Streets legislation, and Westwood, Kansas and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas have recently passed Complete Streets ordinances.

The City of KCMO created more outdoor public space for recreation, dining, and active transportation at the height of the lock down. Municipalities across the region are building bike paths, sidewalks, and trails. We developed a new dashboard that connects the dots between jobs access, active transportation, race, economic development and more.

Learning groups and scout troops joined us for bike rodeos and took those lessons home to their neighborhoods. The Move Your Way program brought federal support to existing initiatives for physical activity in Wyandotte County. People in addiction recovery discovered healing and independence in our Earn-a-Bike programs. A PE teacher in Independence, MO delivered bicycles to her students stuck at home.

New RideKC Bike partnerships expanded our bike share program, providing inexpensive and sustainable transportation in Johnson County Parks and Lenexa, Kansas. The Tour de Bier brought business to local breweries, and supported BikeWalkKC’s mission.

Thank you to each of you who are powering this movement.

Posted in BikeWalkKC News, Metro-wide, News.