With support from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and other partners, BikeWalkKC is celebrating over six years of bicycle education. Since 2012, we have taught bicycle handling and safety proficiency, maintenance and repair skills, and advocacy to students across the Kansas City Metro. Our graduates use their bicycles for exercise and transportation, and they encourage their friends and family to join in the fun.
In 2017, we delivered our Bicycle Lesson and Safety Training (BLAST) programming to 4,846 students at 33 schools in 10 districts. In BLAST, students learn to navigate city streets safely, predictably, and confidently.
BikeWalkKC is continually developing new programming to increase our scope, and in 2017 we focused on bike skills for younger kids and Earn-A-Bike offerings for the whole family. Pre-BLAST for third graders taught 150 students to ride for the first time, and many of these kids will go through BLAST as fourth graders this year, equipped with all they need to become lifelong bicyclists. The program was popular, and we are expanding Pre-BLAST to even more schools in 2018.
Our first Family Earn-A-Bike session was hosted by Emerson Elementary in Kansas City, Kansas. Fourteen adults and 16 students learned basic bike maintenance, including brake and shifting functionality and fixing a flat tire. The event was such a success that we opened our 2018 education season with another Family Earn-A-Bike at Grant Elementary where five parents and 15 students received bikes and helmets.
BikeWalkKC is committed to redefining our streets as places for people, and we are honored to be represented in this endeavor by the thousands of children and families who have participated in our bicycle education programs. You, too, can advocate for active living in Kansas City: “Join the movement” at http://bikewalkkc.org/getinvolved.
What do the students think of BLAST? Find out here!