“It prevents me from being independent” Neighborhood walk auditors evaluate I-70 corridor with MoDOT and consultants

We often say that once you take a walk with BikeWalkKC, you can never just “go for a walk” again. Once you notice how street trees shade a neighborhood, or how uneven pavement makes a sidewalk unusable, you will always consider how our built environment either divides or connects our communities. This awareness will help […]

Pool noodles get more kids on bikes

Eli is an active kid who loves being outside. He wanted to ride his bike in his neighborhood, but he has a limb difference and his shorter left arm made it hard for him to balance, brake, and shift. Mark Horn, an instructor in BikeWalkKC’s education department, worked with Eli to find a solution. Mark […]

Taking on Traffic Laws - A How-To Guide for Decriminalizing Mobility

Press Release: BikeWalkKC and Safe Routes Partnership unveil “Taking on Traffic Laws” guide and webinar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 9, 2022 CONTACTS: Amy Scrivner 816-205-7056 x4 513-919-9613 cell amy.scrivner@bikewalkkc.org Marisa Jones 610-428-4827 marisa@saferoutespartnership.org            BikeWalkKC and Safe Routes Partnership unveil “Taking on Traffic Laws: a How-To Guide for Decriminalizing Mobility” with a webinar on April 20 In communities across the United States, there are laws that criminalize the simple acts […]

We can do both! A better version of Ordinance 210966 advances

An amended version advances which will allow for better planning and community engagement. Earlier today, the KCMO transportation committee met to discuss Ordinance 210966, which, in its original iteration, would have significantly limited efforts to implement Complete Streets and Vision Zero if adopted. BikeWalkKC had worked with Councilwoman Robinson to try to address issues with […]

3 ways to get more kids walking to school

As schools and families are experimenting with new ways to keep kids healthy and in school, perhaps it’s time to rely on old-fashioned transportation: walking and bicycling to school. Kids who walk and bike to school start their day with fresh air, exercise, and social interaction. They “get the wiggles out” before they sit down […]

KCMO takes important step towards decriminalizing walking and biking

The City Council voted unanimously on May 6, 2021 to repeal statutes related to dirty wheels, bike inspections, and jaywalking. Since the summer of 2020, BikeWalkKC has advocated for the decriminalization of walking and biking. In a letter to Mayor Quinton Lucas, we identified three portions of the municipal code which effectively criminalized the activities […]

Press Release: National Discussion to Highlight Trend Toward Decriminalization of Jaywalking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 28, 2021 CONTACTS: Angie Schmitt: 614-499-3239 angie@3mphplanning.com Caro Jauregui 562-320-2139  Caro@calwalks.org National Discussion to Highlight Trend Toward Decriminalization of Jaywalking More and more cities and states are rethinking rules that criminalize walking. From Virginia to California to Kansas City, decriminalizing jaywalking is no longer a radical idea but an increasingly viable […]

Dismantling J.C. Nichols’ racist legacy

BikeWalkKC believes our streets should be places for people, but in Kansas City they have historically been inaccessible as a place for black and indigenous people of color to occupy without harm. Worse yet: these spaces have been used to memorialize individuals who played a major role in creating the racist elements that continue to […]

BikeWalkKC opposes privatizing Westport streets and sidewalks

This week City Hall is again considering a proposal from Westport bar owners to privatize streets and sidewalks in the neighborhood. BikeWalkKC is opposing this plan because it is contrary to our mission of redefining our streets as places for people to build a culture of active living. It undermines many city plans to make […]