Safer crossings for Kauffman students

City leaders are finalizing safety improvements that will encourage slower, more predictable car traffic and make it easier for pedestrians to cross Meyer Boulevard. Following the Meyer Boulevard Walk Audit, one of the key recommendations made in the report was the need for more safe crossings. This was especially important for the Ewing Marion Kauffman […]

From wobbly to wonderful with East High School Bike Club

By Shelly Harbert, BikeWalkKC Youth Education Instructor Being an instructor for the education department at BikeWalkKC comes with a wide variety of meaningful experiences. We typically teach our BLAST course (Bike Lesson and Safety Training) at local grade schools, instructing students from third through sixth grades. Watching the grade schoolers improve their bike skills or […]

Rushton Elementary BLAST program 2024

Mia’s Journey

By Brandon Schubach, BikeWalkKC Youth Education Instructor A novice rider… One 5th-grade girl stood out amidst the laughter and excitement of field day at Rushton Elementary School in Johnson County. Mia (name changed to protect her privacy), a student with a determined spirit and a newfound passion for biking, embarked on a journey that would […]

Observations from the Meyer Boulevard Walk Audit

In the fall of 2023, BikeWalkKC worked with residents and organizations along Meyer Boulevard to identify challenges with the built environment and recommend changes. The resulting report is already beginning to spur safety improvements. It has long been known that Meyer Boulevard is a dangerous corridor. Anecdotes from people who live and work along the […]

Jeung rides a bike!

By Joanna Weidler-Lewis, BikeWalkKC Education Instructor Words matter except for when they don’t I have learned a lot about language in my brief time working as an instructor for BikeWalkKC. Sure, I have picked up some Spanish. (!Ojos Arriba! !Ojos Arriba! !Parar!) I have also used Google Translate to help find expressions in Burmese, Punjabi, […]

“I Can Do This…” Luna learns to ride a bike

By Steve White, BikeWalkKC Education Instructor “How long have you been riding a bike, Mr. Steve?” “Do I get to keep this bike, Mr. Steve?” “YAYYY! It’s almost dinner time! What’s your FAVORITE dinner, Mr. Steve?” Luna had me smiling from the get-go with her constant questions and chatter. More than once I said to […]

5 Safe Routes to School Success Stories

Go back to school with BikeWalkKC! We have highlighted a few of our favorite #SafeRoutesToSchool Success Stories: all true, all inspirational, and all absolutely doable. If these parents, school staff, and city leaders can work together to make change, you can too. Roesland Elementary The Roesland Elementary School PTA and the City of Roeland Park, […]

From the Paper to the Pavement in Blue Springs

Now open: a bridge between Blue Springs High School campuses Not even a freight train could stop Matt Roberds from building Safe Routes to School for students in Blue Springs! Two years ago, the Blue Springs City Council began planning improvements for Blue Springs High School, but the plan lacked any investment in better walking […]

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Pedaling confidence in BikeWalkKC’s summer youth programs

We always say that it’s not just about bikes. This summer, learning how to ride confidently and maintain their own bikes unlocked a sense of confidence and discovery in our students at our youth programs in Kansas City, Missouri. “One student at the Tony Aguirre Community Center needed a little guidance on the first day, […]