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 […]

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, […]

"Having a bike is a fun and near infinite way to travel"

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, […]

BikeWalkKC's Youth Education Team has served more than 40,000 students since 2012

40,000+ champions for walking and biking

Can you believe it? Over 40,000 students have learned walking and biking confidence and safety with BikeWalkKC since 2012! What do we want for the kids in our lives? Do we want them to enjoy the freedom to walk to school, ride their bikes to the park, and play outside in their neighborhoods?  BikeWalkKC’s bicycling […]

A student practices signaling a left turn while riding her bike

Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

BikeWalkKC’s youth education may look like a party on wheels, but we take bike safety seriously. Our BLAST (Bicycle Lessons And Safety Training) classes teach kids how to ride safely and confidently, and how to use a bike for recreation and transportation. Before we bring a BLAST session to a school, the students take a […]

Operation Blinky

Operation Blinky Bicycle Safety

Practice riding your bicycle safely and confidently with these resources from BikeWalkKC. Watch quick Ride Smart videos in English or Spanish to learn how to fix a flat tire or adjust your helmet, and check our our printable Bike Safety 101 posters in English and Burmese! https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqBnDmGvKP_YZA-iNV-iMrBHrM9dSHciv Learn how to fit your helmet, ride confidently, […]