Science Matters: Making Kansas City Cycling Friendly

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Event Type: 
Science & Technology
In Person Event
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The beginnings of BikeWalkKC go back to 2008 when the BBC came to town. Kansas City, Missouri, had just ranked dead last in the League of American Bicyclists’ list of bike-friendly cities. The BBC wanted to know what it was like to bicycle in the worst cycling city in America, so they came to Kansas City and did a half-hour radio documentary.

The unwanted notoriety got the attention of local leaders. They set a goal for Kansas City to move out of last place and achieve bike-friendly status. It also spurred advocates to address the fact that Kansas City was the largest US city without a professional bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization.

Meet Eric Rogers, executive director and co-founder of BikeWalkKC, to learn about the progress Kansas City has made, and the challenges we continue to face, 15 years after the BBC story. Eric will discuss current and proposed infrastructure projects. He will share findings from BikeWalkKC’s 2023 study of the Gillham cycle track, and offer ways to advocate for safer biking and walking in your community.

Can't make it in person? Watch live on facebook!

This program is co-hosted with the Linda Hall Library.