We're hosting a bike ride around historic KC and a post-ride BBQ and party!
FreeWheels for Kids, Woodyard Barbecue, Boulevard Brewing Company and the UMKC History Department are teaming up to host bike rides through some of KC's lesser-known history and host a great recovery ride and party afterward!
Bikes, Beer and Barbecue pretty much describes it: a day of charity rides, touring the historical churches of Kansas City, followed by an evening of beer and barbecue. It's a celebration of all that FreeWheels for Kids done to empower kids with bicycles since 2012, and all it hopes to do in the future. We want to bring together friends and supporters for a fun-filled day, and raise a little bit of money for FreeWheels programming in the process.
The day begins with afternoon charity rides at 10, 30, and 50 miles, which we're calling the Cathedral Gran Fondo. The rides disembark from Kaw Point Park at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, near downtown KCK. Each will give riders a view of the beautiful cathedrals that dot KCK and KCMO, some as old as the cities themselves.
2:00 pm - 50 mile ride begins: This is a Gran Fondo. You will be timed, and there are prizes for the top three finishers. We planned the route to be fast, but be sure to stop for traffic lights.
2:00 pm - 30 mile ride begins: This led ride will make stops at historical sites in KCK and KCMO, where the ride leader, UMKC professor of history Chris Cantwell, will give short talks about the history of Kansas City before the group rides out together.
3:00 pm - 12 mile ride begins: This is the KCK history ride. Local leaders will fill you in on our history and the group will stay together as we ride from 1803 to 2014 in the 'dotte.
5:00 pm - Feasting begins
After the rides, beginning at 5 p.m., we'll dig in to barbecue from KCK mainstay Woodyard BBQ. Bike commuters know it as the best-smelling block on Merriam lane, and they'll be bringing their signature smoked pulled pork and some other stuff to the point this Saturday.
To go along with our BBQ we'll have all the Boulevard beer you can drink. Boulevard is a big supporter of cycling in KC, and we are happy to have their sponsorship!
We'll eat, drink, be merry, and have short presentations about FreeWheels for Kids and our vision of a Kansas City where all kids are empowered to live healthy lives and be leaders in their communities, through bicycling.
About FreeWheels for Kids
FreeWheels for Kids is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that works to empower Kansas City kids with bicycles. We teach kids basic bike skills, hold earn-a-bike classes to teach basic bicycle repair and maintenence, and organize Bike Clubs where they learn advocacy and leadership skills to become leaders in their neighborhoods. Our intrepid young cyclists have repaired all manner of bicycles, beautified trails, taught bike skills to younger kids, and presented neighborhood infrastructure improvements to County Commissioners. There is nothing these kids can't do if you give them the opportunity. You can read more about FreeWheels for Kids at www.freewheelskc.org.
Thank you to awesome volunteers Eddie and Doug who came out with last-minute notice to check over bikes for Let's Get Rolling classes starting this week and make signs! To find out how YOU can be almost as cool as them, click here.
Lisa is off to Germany for the rest of the year! Congratulations on your internship, we hope to see you again next semester!
Wow, we just get more and more kids in Earn-a-Bike and Bike Club every semester! We need your help keeping these kids safe on the road and making sure we are doing our very best to empower kids with bikes.
Bike Club volunteers get the chance to ride bikes with our middle school students, map routes, help advocate for changes to make our community safer (like getting the city to paint over obscene graffiti, thank you!) and make Bike Club a safe, fun place to be after school.
We will train you on our programs and how to ride safely, but you do need:
The ability to ride a bike safely on the street
Enthusiasm for empowering adolescents with bikes
To pass a background check
Time to stick with a group for a semester
A positive, flexible attitude for dealing with crazy kids
Volunteer opportunities this semester:
Rosedale Middle School Bike Club: 3:00-5:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays
Central Middle School, 3:00-5:30 p.m., Mondays and Fridays
Boys and Girls Club, 3:00-5:00 Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 Fridays
Arrowhead Middle School, 3:00-5:00 Tuesdays and Thursdays All of our Saturday events and bike rides.
To find out more, contact us and we will set up a time to get you up to speed on what these kids are up to!
Our newest staff member, Lisa Green, works on a headset with a repeat Bike Club student at RMS. Scroll down to find out more and see upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.
Earning bikes and transforming KC
We are officially back to school, fixing bikes, riding bikes and empowering KC kids!
Leaves may not be falling yet, but sweaters are out and kids are hard at work fixing bikes for themselves and others in Earn-a-Bike classes.
There are a bunch of ways to get involved and help us make KC a better place, so check out the events calendar and read up down below.
Welcome to new staff! We are very excited to have Lisa Green on our team for the 2014-2015 school year! We are still looking for an awesome, motivated individual to recruit and coordinate volunteers this year.
Fall Bike Clubs are ROLLING! To find out how you can join the club, scroll down or click here.
There are tons of chances coming up to make a difference in KC. Check out the events calendar for weekend rides and community service days.
Bike Club kids are re-drawing the map in KCK.
Levee trail opening next week!
September 20, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
The Unified Government of KCK and the Kaw Drainage Distrcit, along with Healthy Communities Wyandotte, are hosting a grand opening event for the Armourdale Leveel Trail next week! This is just the beginning of creating a system of trails along KC's urban rivers, so come out and voice your support, learn more about the efforts, and run or walk the trails with us!
FreeWheels for Kids will be riding to the grand opening of the brand-new levee trail next weekend, as well. To find out more about the rides or to help out contact Ben. To find out more about the levee grand opening and RSVP, check out the facebook event here.
OPEN LEVEE! WOOOOO!!!
Cathedral Gran Fondo
October 11th: 10, 30 and 50 mile routes around and through Kansas City's historic churches, mosques and synagogues.
Online registration here, and more information here.
TOMORROW! Come help us clear trails for Rosedale Middle School!