UMB Volunteers Give Back at BikeWalkKC

By Glen Rumbaugh, Education Operations Coordinator UMB Bank not only allows but encourages their team members to volunteer time helping nonprofit organizations like BikeWalkKC.  To celebrate Bike Month, on Tuesday, May 16th, seven energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from UMB came to our office to assist with our twice-a-year BLAST bicycle fleet maintenance checks. We now have 128 BLAST […]

BLAST Pilot for Burke 3rd Graders

This semester, Burke Elementary School (Hickman Mills School District) and BikeWalkKC partnered up to deliver our first-ever 3rd grade version of the Bicycle Lesson and Safety Training (BLAST) program! Our education team drafted a four-session program specifically designed for 3rd graders, with the goal of preparing them for our full BLAST curriculum in the future. […]

Midland Trail Elementary’s Walking School Bus; New Sidewalks

Midland Trail Elementary School in the Turner School District kicked off their first, formal Walking School Bus program on September 30th with overwhelming success! On a beautiful fall morning, 55 students, several teachers and a handful of parents joined together to walk to school. The Walking School Bus kick-off also celebrated the installation of brand […]

Record Numbers Participate in International Walk to School Day on Oct. 5

Thousands of students, parents, families, and educators across the Kansas City region walked to school on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, as part of International Walk to School Day organized by BikeWalkKC, MARC, and KCHealthyKids. A record 91 schools in the Greater Kansas City and Lawrence areas participated this year, up from 66 schools in 2015 (a 38% increase). […]

BikeWalkKC Goes Back to School

The fall semester is upon us, which means BikeWalkKC youth instructors are busy providing BLAST, Earn-a-Bike, and Youth Ambassadors/Bike Club training throughout the Kansas City area.  We are excited to welcome aboard six new Youth Education Instructors to help expand our reach to more schools across the region.  Kids in 15 elementary and high schools across seven […]

BikeWalkKC Collaborates with Rodgers Health to Teach Kids Bike Safety

This summer we partnered with Rodgers Health to bring our Youth Education programs to kids at two KC Housing Authority communities in the Old Northeast area. 25 kids participated in Earn-a-Bike and BLAST (Bike Lesson And Safety Training).  We are excited about the opportunities this new partnership provides BikeWalkKC to begin measuring the health outcomes […]

Operation Breakthrough’s Leadership Class visits BikeWalkKC

This summer we’ve been partnering with Operation Breakthrough to bring our Youth Education program to their students. Their Leadership class has been learning about bike safety and handling skills, bike maintenance, active transportation advocacy, and walkability audits. This morning they celebrated their hard work with a group ride to visit the BikeWalkKC office for ice cream and […]

Lawrence schools to adopt BLAST curriculum district-wide, purchase fleet of bicycles

Lawrence school district will adopt BikeWalkKC’s Bicycle Lesson and Safety Training (BLAST) program and invest in a bike fleet to bring bike safety education and safe routes to school programming to the school district in the 2016-17 school year. The Lawrence Health Department brought BikeWalkKC in during the Spring 2016 to pilot BLAST at four schools. It was very successful and we […]

Earn-A-Bike Students get two cool treats: a bicycle and ice cream

Despite a 105+ degree heat index, students at Border Star Montessori left school hot but happy on July 5th. After five weeks of attending BikeWalkKC’s summer Earn-A-Bike program, 11 participants were rewarded with two cool treats: a bicycle and ice cream. Border Star Montessori school, in the Kansas City Public School District, is situated alongside […]