The THB group is interested in promoting BikeWalkKC
because increasing the amount of walking and biking provides one
of the quickest and cheapest ways to reduce the level of greenhouse
gas emissions and other forms of air pollution produced.
The THB group provided funding to BikeWalkKC for
them to construct a bike valet parking system. This is a portable
system of racks that allows up to 250 bikes to be parked securely.
This sort system is important in getting large numbers of cyclists
to large public events, since space at permanent racks and ad hoc
spaces such as street signs are quickly exhausted.
BikeWalkKC has taken over the administration of
Bike Week, which is held annually in May. During Bike Week a variety
of rides and educational clinics are held throughout the area, including
the Clean Commute Challenge where individuals and teams commute
to see how many miles of car-based transportation can be replaced
by walking, biking and transit riding.
The Clean Commute Challenge usually attracts several
hundred participants who travel thousands of miles and keep thousands
of pounds of CO2 out of the air.
More recently, BikeWalkKC has been running a letter-writing
campaign called “Put Paint to Pavement” to promote the
construction of bike lanes in KCMO and other cities in the metro
Another current project is to bring a bike-sharing
system to Kansas City. Bike-sharing systems allow users to rent
bikes on a short-term basis from stations around the city. Bike-sharing
systems have been highly successful in many cities around the world.
Both the Clean Commute Challenge and bicycle education
program are conducted throughout the year. You can track your bike/walk
miles, calories expended and pollution prevented on the Clean Commute
website. The education program will teach you to ride safely on
the street, do basic mechanical work and use a bike to commute to
work and haul groceries.
Search Facebook for BikewalkKC
or go to bikewalkkc.org
for more information.