KC’s regional Physical Activity Plan is in motion

  By Laura Steele, Director of Education Programs laura.steele@bikewalkkc.org BikeWalkKC’s education team is one of several organizations involved in developing a Kansas City regional physical activity plan (KCPA). We were first invited to participate by colleagues from the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition (CCHLN) in 2019, and work continues as we collaborate with […]

Bikes as Freedom: Hope Faith study

New research explores the impact of Earn-a-Bike on health, happiness, and employment for those experiencing homelessness BikeWalkKC is proud to partner with Hope Faith, a homeless assistance campus located in downtown KCMO. Hope Faith provides urgent essentials like shelter, food, and health assistance, and also offers an array of services to help their clients move […]

Independence teacher delivers bicycle joy

BikeWalkKC is not currently able to accept bike donations due to the Regional Stay at Home order, but we love this teacher’s initiative to bring joy to the families she serves. As part of our series on #SpacesforPeopleKC, we encourage you to share your own ideas for creating a culture of active living in your […]

Tall or small, bike education for all!

We teach a lot of kids how to ride bikes, and that look of pure elation when they finally, finally wobble off on their own power is golden. But the kiddos don’t corner the market on bike-related thrills. We also introduce lots of adults to the joys of active transportation, and whether they are totally […]

Summer School: bike education for adults, families

No worries, Alice Cooper, it’s highly unlikely you’ll see a rule book or a teacher’s dirty look at one of our Summer School bike education classes. You will, however, gain confidence, bike-handling skills, maintenance know-how, and maybe even a free bike! Mark your calendars now for these fun classes taught by our enthusiastic, trained educators: […]

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 […]

Middle School BLAST: Bigger, Smarter, and Faster

Your junior high gym class was never like this! Education Instructor Jill Iwanski recounts her adventures in our newest Youth Education pilot: BLAST for Middle Schoolers. The BikeWalkKC education team sent a crew of instructors to Northeast Middle School (NEMS) in the Kansas City Public School District for a trial  of our premier youth education […]