January 2021 newsletter: Starting the New Year on the right foot

Where we're headed in the new year, and how you can help us get there

Kick off a year of active living with a FREE class from BikeWalkKC and Johnson County Library!

Advocacy focus

BikeWalkKC's 2021 Policy Platform continues our efforts on some key fronts, such as decriminalizing mobility, implementing Complete Streets, and advancing Vision Zero. It also seeks to ensure that multimodal transportation is a central element of the region's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Welcome our new Director of Development and Communication

Amy Scrivner has built a career around giving back to her community. She is passionate about fundraising, storytelling, and our mission to make our streets places for people. Join us in welcoming our newest team member!

Class is in session

Our Education Team partnered with the Unified Government Health Department to deliver virtual education to students in Wyandotte County schools. During the fall semester, over 500 junior high and high school students learned about bicycling for health and transportation. Bring virtual or in-person active living education to your "pod," scout troop, or youth group and let's keep moving!

Progress in 2020 – Seven built bike projects to be excited about

In the best of times, transportation advocacy can be frustratingly slow work that often requires months of planning, public engagement, meetings, and construction. Thanks to members and supporters like you, we're celebrating seven projects bringing better biking to communities throughout the metro.

Bike Share by the numbers

RideKC Bike closed our 2020 with a survey asking our riders about their experiences with our classic pedal bikes and electric-assist bikes. Here's what they had to say:

  • 35% of respondents said they use RideKC Bike more frequently since the pandemic began
  • Most trips are to work commute or errands (40%), restaurants or entertainment (59%), for exercise (76%), or shopping (26%)
  • The majority of those responding who have not yet tried RideKC Bike say it's because Kansas City's streets are too dangerous, and 51% of those people report they would try it if they felt safer riding a bike on the street

“I was a bit reluctant to see the excitement in these bikes at first but my stepdad kept telling me about it and eventually he and I went for a ride together. It was a lot of fun and brought us closer together! Since then we’ve gone for bike rides weekly.” --RideKC Bike rider

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