Press Release: BikeWalkKC announces new project to address structural racism in traffic infrastructure

CONTACT: Amy Scrivner Director of Development and Communications amy.scrivner@bikewalkkc.org 816-205-7056 BikeWalkKC is pleased to announce our selection as a grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Using Local Data to Address Structural Racism grant program. RWJF, in partnership with the Urban Institute (Urban), awarded 38 grants nationally to help communities use data to improve community conditions […]

Independence advocates win Complete Streets for Noland Road

Late last week, BikeWalkKC learned about efforts to create more places for people in Independence. City staff submitted a successful application for a federal grant to improve Noland Road between 24 Highway and Fair Street. Key aspects of the project included: Upgrading sidewalks to ADA compliance Adding and updating push button pedestrian signals Improved transit […]

Two adults and two children pose with their bikes and helmets outside Academie Lafayette.

Académie Lafayette’s bike-to-school revolution

Back in 2017, Irene Dye started riding to school at Académie Lafayette’s Cherry campus at Armour and Cherry in Kansas City, Missouri. Neither Armour nor Gillham had any sort of bike lane yet, so she and her family rode neighborhood streets and sidewalks, and she locked her bike to a railing in the staff parking […]

“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 […]

What is Community Planning?

In April, Community Planning Director Tresa Carter moderated a panel discussion with three local planners: Sara Copeland (FAICP), Triveece Penelton (AICP, NOMA), and Jenna Fernandez. This program was born from a desire to better educate community members about what the heck community planning means!  At its core, BikeWalkKC aims to empower individuals and communities to […]

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 […]