Let’s make this the Summer of Bike Lanes in KC

Last week the Star ran an editorial calling on the City to paint more bike lanes this summer, and BikeWalkKC following up with campaign to send the Mayor and City Council postcards and email messages asking them to Put Paint to Pavement this summer.

We have plenty of plans and policies in place to make the city more bike friendly, so this summer is the perfect time to make those plans a reality with paint on the pavement for bike lanes, sharrows, and crosswalks.

Email the Mayor and City Council now, and look for postcards around town and at local bike events.

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Freedom Ride this weekend

Celebrate Independence Day with a great bike ride. This Saturday the United We Ride team presents the 3rd Annual Freedom Ride, a cancer benefit for Livestrong and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

This ride begins in Independence and offers numerous distance options on the Little Blue Trace Trail or the country roads of northeast Jackson County. Be sure to stick around for the after party at La Bella Winery near Wellington, MO.

Get all the info at www.freedomridekc.com

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Photo: Worksman Bike Downtown

Yesterday I spotted this awesome Worksman Front Loader downtown around 11th and Locust. Does anyone know who owns it? I’d love to interview them…

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Part of Cliff Drive closed for construction

A middle section of Cliff Drive is closed for construction until October of this year.  The section between Lookout Point and Chestnut Avenue is closed for storm drainage improvements, installation of new curbs, etc. We recommend a detour between Lookout Point and Kansas City Museum entrances to Cliff Drive.

View Cliff Drive Detour in a larger map

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Want more trails? Then ride the City of Fountains Bicycle Tour

These days there is a charity bike ride for every conceivable cause, yet the City of Fountains Bicycle Tour is one of the few rides that supports bicycling itself. It raises money for Friends of Trails KC to help build and maintain the Trails KC network.

Not only does the ride support the great cause of bicycling, it’s a great way to discover your city.  The ride’s several route options tour the city’s iconic fountains and some its most lovely and historic neighborhoods. The KC Bicycle Club provides their famous SAG support with delicious treats along the way.

So if you want more places to ride your bike in KC, be sure to register today for a bike ride that supports bicycling.

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Blue Springs Midnight Bike Ride

The annual Blue Springs Night Ride is back this Saturday night. This is a great night ride with a laid back vibe, quiet streets, and a great place to ride.

More info here.

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Get your boat ready for the bike-powered Trashboat Regatta

More photos from last year's Regatta.

June 26th is KC’s 2nd Annual Trashboat Regatta on the Missouri River. The goal is to make a river-worthy watercraft out of reused, recycled, and found materials. The vessel must either be bicycle-powered in the water or towed to the river by bicycle.

The Regatta starts at Kaw Point, ends downriver with a big picnic, prizes for the best boats, and a bike ride back to Kaw Point. For those who might be squeamishness about floating down the Missouri River on homemade boats, there will also be a bike ride parallel to the Regatta.

Be sure to visit www.trashboat.org for all the info and then RSVP on Facebook.

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Tour Leawood’s public art on a bike

Spoke ‘n Art is a guided bicycle tour of twelve public art installationsin Leawood, with docents at each stop explaining the art pieces.

It starts in Ironwoods Park at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 11th and ends at Mission Farms, where riders can take advantage of special discounts at participating shops. The ride costs $20 and pre-registration is required.

Get all the details here.

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New section of Swope Park trails opens on National Trails Day

A new section of singletrack on the Swope Park trail system is opening on Saturday, which is also National Trails Day. The official ribbon cutting with City dignitaries will be at 9:00 a.m.

The new 1.7 mile section brings the total Swope network up to 8.5 miles. Kudos to all the volunteers at EarthRiders Trails Association for their hard work on this excellent and growing trail system!

Check the list of National Trails Day events for a celebration in your part of the city.

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Bike racks and public art in the Old Northeast

Bikes and art go so well together, and folks in the Old Northeast are working to bring some awesome bike racks and public art to their neighborhoods. Several very cool, sculptural bike racks have been designed and residents are raising money to install them in areas like Pendleton Heights, The Concourse, and the Kansas City Museum.

Read more about the project, and then make a donation today!

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