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!

For more events, check out http://www.freewheelskc.org/p/events.html
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Friday, March 28, 2014

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FreeWheels for Kids is back in action in 2014. 
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Rosedale Middle School has its own trail complex!

Weekly update: new volunteer opportunities and upcoming events

Let's keep the momentum going!

Bike Club volunteers needed!

Our Bike Club kids are doing some great things, and we need help! Bike Clubs go on short bike rides after school twice each week, plan activities to improve their community and repair bikes for younger students.  We are looking for folks to help us empower middle school students to be kick-butt community advocates after school!  If this is you, contact us!

Saturday rides

Saturday mornings are a great time to get together, make plans for a better Kansas city, and ride bikes!

Bike Clubs asked about doing activities on weekends, so Saturday rides are back! We will be hosting rides and community service days at program sites all spring, starting with a ride from Central Middle School on April 5. This is a great opportunity to see the work we do and even pitch in!  For more details, contact us and check the events calendar to see what's coming up!
 
BLAST rodeos!

Anybody else remember PE? Wearing uniforms, learning how to line dance and play weird, made-up games? Yeah, I wasn't a fan either.  Luckily for today's kids, PE is a BLAST, thanks to BikeWalkKC's Bicycle Lessons and Safety Training program, which FreeWheels for Kids uses in Kansas City, KS. 

We're very psyched to say that with the help of New Belgium Community Giving, the Menorah Legacy Foundation and the Cray Family Foundation we are bringing bike safety into PE at USD 500 schools! We'll bring a loaner fleet of bikes, including 12 Specialized Hotrocks thanks to Epic Bike and Sport

Kids in 4th and 5th grade learn bike safety over two weeks of classes, starting with the basics (like riding without training wheels, always a GREAT part of a class) and moving up to a traffic simulation on the playground. Afterwards, we take bike repaired by Earn-a-Bike Master Mechanics and give them to BLAST graduates at an after-school bike rodeo hosted by Bike Clubs.

That's where you come in! Check out our events page and volunteer with us!

 
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 ASAP and let's get these kids the skills they need to really enjoy the trails they're building!
Bike Rodeo volunteers

After the classes are over, Bike Club students host a bike rodeo at the school to give kids a chance to hone their skills and to give away the bikes repaired by the Master Mechanics.  We could use some grown-up help on these days, please check out the events for dates and times!
 
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!

For more events, check out http://www.freewheelskc.org/p/events.html
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Help: we're out of bikes!


Well, not exactly.  We have dozens of bikes that have been repaired by our awesome Master Mechanics working with the support of volunteers, just sitting in the warehouse waiting for bike rodeos and BLAST classes this spring to find their way into the hands of elementary-age kiddos.


What we don't have are any more bikes for them to repair! Amazingly, those guys and girls have repaired every single little kid bike we've got. I blame dedicated, skilled volunteers for keeping them on task, but I digress. The point is, we need more bikes!

Help us out when you get ready for Spring cleaning this year: get those outgrown bikes out of your garage/attic/basement and into the eager hands of kids ready to repair them and give them away! We accept donations at a few bike shops and at our office.  If you have any questions, feel free to email freewheelsforkids@gmail.com or call 913-205-3073.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Rosedale Success!

Greetings fine friends of FreeWheels for Kids! I'm Amanda and it's my delight to give you an update on our happenings at Rosedale Middle School. I've had the opportunity to work with students here for the second semester and while I still feel like I'm learning the ins and outs of bicycle maintenance it's been fun to work with so many different kids.

This week we finished up our Earn-A-Bike class and the students were so excited to have their graduation from the program. I'm pretty sure they were most excited for the flashing lights that went on their bikes. Even though the snow was still on the ground in many areas they were also ecstatic to get outside and ride their newly earned bicycles. Complete with new helmets, lights, and water bottles we hit the streets for a first ride. While we decided to keep it close to the school, we did embrace a little off-roading on some local trails located on Mission Cliffs. They busted through the snow and mud and thoroughly impressed me with their eagerness for adventure. Even the brand new kicks that one student was proudly wearing didn't stop her from leading the group through the rugged terrain. Quite honestly, I'm pumped for more trail riding with the seven students in our bike club at RMS.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Why Bike Club?

We exist to empower kids with bikes. Sometimes that means we get to the smile and hear the laughter when a child rides without training wheels for the first time at a bike rodeo. Sometimes that means we get to be there as students learn to ride safely in "traffic" with their PE classmates.  That has always meant we get to work alongside students repairing bikes for others and learning how to ride safely.

As we grow with our students, that has come to mean that we work with them to make their community safe, to make their community a place where they can ride, or walk, or play or simply exist without fear. Kids want a safe community. We want to give them the opportunity to participate in what that means, and more importantly, to roll up their sleeves (or not, kids aren't very finicky about getting their clothes dirty!) and make it happen. That's what Bike Club is about. Read more about it on the Bike Club page, and please consider joining us or simply supporting our efforts.