We serve dozens of schools and thousands of kids every year, making a direct impact on the health and happiness of our youth that extends to our entire community. Kids become safer, healthier, more confident, and more engaged in the world around them.
Watch this video to see how BikeWalkKC's youth education programs are helping to fight the childhood obesity epidemic, courtesy of KCPT's Take Note.
BLAST (Bicycle Lesson And Safety Training)
An innovative and proven school-based program teaches elementary school students the skills and knowledge required for safe and effective cycling. BLAST: Kids on Bikes is developed by bicycle education professionals and reviewed by educators and parents.
BLAST is a primer for students to gain an understanding of how to safely operate a bicycle in a variety of situations. The class aims to produce cyclists who ride safely and skillfully. By inviting BLAST into the classroom, PE teachers are providing their students with a formal education on an important topic and helping to create an educational culture that values cycling as a basic life skill.
- Improved bicycle handling skills
- Proficiency of basic traffic skills
- Identification & avoidance of hazard
BikeWalkKC's trained instructors, assisted by the school's PE teachers, deliver three hours of class time. Each course includes classroom instruction and on-bike riding skills. Students practice bicycling in a controlled environment. Bicycles and helmets are provided for a limited number of students (we urge the school to encourage students to bring their own bikes and helmets). We provide all other equipment and instructors for the program.
Pedestrian Safety Training
Students learn how to navigate crosswalks, streets, parking lots and sidewalks on foot. Instructors use practical exercises and interactive curriculum to teach walking (or rolling, if you're using a mobility device) as transportation. Through practical exercises, students gain the confidence to walk safely in their community.
Students learn basic bicycle mechanic skills with weekly projects. A small class allows for individual instructor training to ensure concept comprehension. Students are tested on their knowledge of the subjects through occasional worksheets and quizzes. With successful completion of the program, students receive a bicycle they helped to fix and a new helmet.
This program encourages youth to explore their neighborhood while building their physical stamina and peer network through weekly group rides. Participants learn the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists on the road, route mapping tips, and basic bicycle maintenance. Bike Club lasts 8-10 weeks and is geared for middle and high school students.
This multifaceted approach to advocacy creates a skill-building and development experience for young people. An 8-10 week program empowers youth to take the lead on community improvement by discovering real-life infrastructure problems and mapping out solutions. Students gain a better understanding of their community, how they relate to it, and how they can make a positive impact within.
Bring BikeWalkKC to Your School
Please fill out the BLAST School Application to indicate your interest for in any of these programs.
Most programs are funded by federal transportation grants from the Mid-America Regional Council and the Missouri & Kansas Departments of Transportation, with matching funds from several local charitable foundations. Schools may be asked to pay a fee for these services. Priority is given to schools serving under-invested neighborhoods and under-served populations.
Since 2012 our Youth Education programs have served more than 20,000 students in more than 100 schools and 13 school districts across the region. School districts served include:
- Hickman Mills
- Kansas City, MO Public Schools
- Kansas City, KS USD 500
- Lawrence, KS
- North Kansas City
- Park Hill
- Shawnee Mission
- Turner USD 202
- Charter and Independent Schools: Alta Vista, Citizens of the World, Clay-Platte Montessori, Crossroads Academy, Curé of Ars, Ewing Marion Kauffman School, Horizon Academy, St. Agnes Catholic School