Monday, April 7, 2014

Springtime in KCK!

FreeWheels for Kids is back in action in 2014. 
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Mohamed setting up a pretty epic half-pipe run in Rosedale.

Weekly update: Saturday events, BLAST classes and maybe even changing Kansas City?

Bike Clubs are riding every day of the week, improving their community and changing the way people bike and drive. 

Strange things are afoot: no one is honking?

One week seemed like chance, two weeks was a fluke, but we have been out riding with Bike Clubs every day for over a month, and something is different: no one is honking!*

In fact, on Saturday (check out Saturday social rides here) as we were strugging up Rosedale Rd after an exhausting morning falling off of stuff at the Rosedale Park skate park, somebody pulled up, rolled down their window and said "you're supposed to be pedaling that thing!" What? Not "get off the road?" No "sidewalk!"? What's happening?

That's not all, either.  In the last week, all the honks we've gotten have been from friends and family, waving like goofballs and wishing they were out on the ride with us.  I've even seen kids (not in our clubs) riding bikes the correct direction and wearing helmets!

Could it be that Bike Clubs are starting to make a serious difference in urban KCK, not just on their individual projects and trails, but in the way people bike and drive? Time will tell, but it's sure nice to ride in peace and quiet in the meantime!

PS It's easy to help make a better city happen right now! Volunteer with us ordonate and keep a good thing going!

*Where we've already had bike club in 2013.  West WyCo is still a nightmare.  To help blaze the trail, contact us or  sign up here for our volunteer newsletter.
Saturday rides
Saturday mornings are a great time to get together, make plans for a better Kansas city, and ride bikes! Join us this Saturday, April 12 at Arrowhead Middle School (RSVP, please) for a relaxed, Saturday morning ride!

Upcoming rides:

Arrowhead Middle School
April 12
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
RSVP, and meet at the school for some Saturday fun!

Rosedale Middle School
April 19
Two groups: Central library, 6th and Minnesota
RMS, 36th and Springfield

We will ride to the River Market, shop for native plants for the Rozarks trails, and then load up Mr. A's bike to see how many trees he can carry!

Our first ride was last Satuday, and Central Middle School Bike Club kids got to explore some backroads of KCK, race up the hills, ride at a skatepark, play frisbee and practice their paceline skills.
For more details, contact us and check the events calendar to see what's coming up!
Ride Club volunteer opportunity

"Safety is its own reward."  Well said, random industrial site in Rosedale!

We are sill looking for motivated, capable folks who can help us keep kids safe out on the road.  Bike Clubs are also planting flowers on trails, cleaning up parks, installing bike racks, planning trails and all kinds of other awesome community service projects. To set up a volunteer training and help us out, justcontact us and let us know when you can volunteer.

To find out dates and times, check out our events page.
MTB Skills training needed!
Rosedale kids have some awesome trails at their disposal, but they are not the strongest, most confident trail riders. If you are interested in teaching basic trail riding skills,contact us and let's get these kids the skills they need to really enjoy the trails they're building!
Bike Rodeo volunteers

BLAST classes end with bike rodeos.  We could use some grown-up help on these days, please check out the events for dates and times!
Kaw Point Criterium
We're hosting another bike race and community bike rodeo at Kaw Point Park on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1  If you'd like to volunteer, be a sponsor or help plan awesome activities, let us know ASAP!

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