A record season for education programs

Our education team has just wrapped its busiest season ever. Over the course of the Spring, we set records for nearly every metric! We served nearly 3000 students this semester, through 140 cohorts of BLAST (Bicycle Lessons and Safety Training), Earn-A-Bike, or Bike Club at 24 schools in 9 districts across the metro. New sites […]

Partner Profile: Health Forward Foundation

One of the benefits of working with local foundations is the deeply connected relationship a nonprofit builds with the organization. Since our very early days, BikeWalkKC has been a recipient of support from the Health Forward Foundation (HFF, formerly the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City). The Health Forward Foundation advocates for healthy and equitable communities […]

Donated bikes make all the difference for area families

One of the barriers families find difficult to overcome when they decide to travel by bike is simply owning a bike. Even used bicycles can be expensive! And once you get a bike, you have to maintain it– there are lots of moving parts that need to be kept clean and lubricated, and you can’t get […]

Quick builds for calmer streets

What is the basic formula for creating a safer intersection? Prioritize the most vulnerable road users. That was our goal when we partnered with Children’s Mercy and KCMO Public Works to implement a traffic calming demonstration at Van Brunt and St. John in the Indian Mound neighborhood of Northeast KC last week. This project, along […]

KCK Families Earn Bikes at the West Wyandotte Library

By Areiona King and Liz Harris When families pedal together, they laugh and sweat and move together. Everyone stretches their legs, everyone breathes fresh air. Our Family Earn-a-Bike program provides access to bicycles and education for kids and adults who are looking for a way to get exercise and go places… together! Our latest session […]

Bike Club gets an “A”

By David Hansen Through a recent evaluation of the East High School Bike Club thanks to grant support from the Menorah Heritage Foundation, we have confirmed empirically what we already knew anecdotally: Bike Club is gets more kids riding bikes!  Through BikeWalkKC’s partnership with the Menorah Heritage Foundation, BikeWalkKC staff attended the UMKC Bloch School […]

When bikes get stolen, the community steps up

On the evening of Sunday, June 10th, burglars broke into one of our vans and stole five of our youth fleet bikes. We use the bikes in our BLAST programming for young people– elementary students, scouts, and youth group kids across the metro learn to ride confidently and safely. The fleet bikes were made possible […]

Partner Profile: Rosedale Development Association

This #FeelGoodFriday, we want to celebrate our friends at the Rosedale Development Association (RDA)! RDA has been committed to the health and wellness of its community since it was established as the Rosedale Community Council in 1945. Over the last 70 years, RDA has engaged neighbors, businesses, and organizations to provide food assistance, repair homes, and […]

PRESS RELEASE: Child sustains life-threatening injuries in KCK

A seven-year-old boy was seriously injured after being hit by a car near the intersection of 3rd and Troup in Kansas City, Kansas on Wednesday afternoon. According to authorities, the child was apparently crossing the street from a local computer center when he was struck by an oncoming SUV around 5:30 p.m. The driver of […]