Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Classes

Summer Classes!

These are Earn-a-Bike classes for kids 12 and up.  If your child is younger, we hope to see you at one of our Bike Rodeos or in classes at your child's school.

Rosedale/Central Bike Club
Rainbow Mennonite ChurchEarn-a-Bike:1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, Thursday, June 26, Tuesday July 1, Wednesday July 2, Thursday July 3. Bike Club starts July 8, 3:30-6:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sign up form here.

Bethel Bike Club
Starting Friday, June 20
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Fridays only
Sign up form here.

Boys and Girls Club
Starting Tuesday, July 1
Tuesdays and Thursdays,
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Sign up form here.

For more info, email Javin Martin

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Camping trip!

It's been a great school year!  Celebrate!
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Students from three Bike Clubs met for the first annual Bike Club Leaders' Summit/Super-Fun-Mountain-Bike-Camping-Weekend.

End of year reflection and celebration!

We are done with programs for SY2013-2014! Bike Club leaders are already working on new priorities.

  • Bike Club camping trip was excellent!  A great first year. We have some great plans for next year and had a great time.
  • Do you want to help KC kids and be a kick-butt person at the same time?  Attend our volunteer training on June 7th!
  • Bike rodeos!
  • Upcoming bike races! To volunteer, sponsor a race or otherwise help out, contact us. 
There is quite a bit going on, and as always,
check out our events calendar or contact us for more information!
We empower kids with bikes, and Bike Club most perfectly embodies our values and vision for our students. Bike Clubs are student-led and give kids the chance to define for themselves what they want for their community and the skills to make their ideas a reality.

In just one short school year, we've started Bike Clubs at five schools and community centers, giving those students the chance to do all kinds of crazy activities and make all kinds of crazy changes.

Last weekend (May 17 and 18) we had our first-ever Leaders' Summit at Clinton Lake, with representatives from three bike clubs in attendance. We rode our bikes, practiced at a skills park (they have bike see-saws?!), roasted marshmallows, learned how to pitch (and pack) tents and reflected on the year behind us.

We talked about the things we like and dislike about Bike Club, our visions for the neighborhoods where the students ride,ideas for the future and even some pretty sophisticated theories of urbanism.

Independence and mobility stood out as the number one thing kids like about Bike Club.  We go places they've never been, and they don't need a car or driver's license to do it.  All they need is a bike, helmet and maybe a water bottle (students: if you're reading this, bring your water bottles!).

I expected to hear students complain about traffic and angry motorists, and their optimism surprised me. Despite any number of irritating and even potentially dangerous incidents with motorists, everyone there agreed that things have gotten better in just one year, and that what problems still exist have easy, straightforward solutions.

Of course, every time I think kids are going to stick to taking on little problems (like riding their bikes in a safe way so motorists know to expect them or putting up bike route signage or even biking as a signal to others that the streets are safe), they jump ahead into some serious territory.

Someone mentioned trash, which reminded someone else of abandoned houses, which led to drugs and gangs, and pretty soon we were all sitting quietly while a 12-year-old students articulated his version of the Broken Windowstheory:

"First, someone throws some trash on the ground, then someone else does, then people think the block is trashy and start doing crime there, then there are cops around all the time, so other people think it's dangerous, so they leave and there are more abandoned houses and things get even worse, and then even if there is new stuff, people are scared and don't want to live there."

Wow. This isn't a theory based on abstract "urban environments", this is KCK in a nutshell. These students are taking serious stock of their neighborhood and envisioning something better, something that starts with something as simple as cleaning up.

As we keep working over the summer with some of our students and prepare for 2014-2015, I can't wait to see how our students continue to think big and act even bigger in making their neighborhoods better places to live.
Empower KC kids with bikes!  Volunteer training June 7th.

Learn how to lead group rides, ride confidently on the road and join Ride Leaders in making KC a great place to ride!

FreeWheels Bike Clubs are doing some amazing work, but we need your help to make it happen. FreeWheels Ride Leaders keep kids safe out on the road, model how to ride with cars and, perhaps most importantly, get to come on fun bike rides every week.

We will be training new Ride Leaders in just a few short weeks. Come learn how to lead group rides, ride confidently on the road and keep others safe.

Attending the training does not commit you to volunteering with Bike Clubs, but you will have the skills and tools you need to help us!

Ride Leader Training:
When: June 7th, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: 1403 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66103
Who: anyone interested in learning how to ride safely with others on the road, and especially those interested in helping Bike Club!

We are looking forward to seeing you there!  In the meantime, any questions or concerns can be directed to Ben or Javin
ROZARKS TRAIL PARTY!

Rosedale Development Association, FreeWheels for Kids, Earthriders Trails Association, and WyCo Parks and Rec are celebrating the official opening of the Mt. Marty Trails.  If you're not coming to theFreeWheels Criterium, you'd better be at the trails!

When: May 31, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where: Rosedale Arch (35th and Booth, right above the Boulevard)
Volunteer opportunities and upcoming events

We only have one more bike rodeo this Bike Month.  Come tomorrow and help us give bikes to kids!

Where: Emerson Elementary School, 1429 S. 29th St.
When: Thursday, May 15 4:30-6:00 p.m.

FreeWheels Criterium Weekend
We're hosting another bike race on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Become a FreeWheels Ride Leader and help your town become a better place to bike!
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The ME Pearson Bike Rodeo was hosted and staffed almost entirely by Central Middle School Bike Club students. What a huge accomplishment for our students!

Bike Week!: Advocacy and program update

Bike Month has been busy over here at FW HQ. Check it out below. 

Wow, I can't believe how busy Bike Month has already been!  We have more coming up, and we are starting to get rolling on Summer 2014.  REad on to find out what's happening and how you can help!
There is quite a bit going on, and as always, check out our events calendar or contact us for more information!

PS Volunteer opportunity TOMORROW! Help us bring bikes to Argentine. More details here. 
Let's get rolling: Bringing bikes into PE and making a safer KCK!

Since 1969, the number of kids who walk or bike to school has gone from 50% to 13%, and school zones have become a snarl of traffic, cars stopped in the middle of the street, and an unnerving number of car-child collisions.

FreeWheels, and others, are working hard to turn back the tide in Kansas City. We help schools change policies to encourage biking, help provide students with bike locks and even set up parking, all before the main event: bikes in PE!

In Spring 2014, we've taught 4th and 5th graders safe bike riding and safe bike driving skills in PE class at three elementary schools, and are giving away bikes, locks and helmets almost as fast as we can, all to encourage kids to bike to school. (PS Click here to help us tomorrow afternoon!)

We are working hard to identify and address barriers to biking and walking in neighborhoods and make it easier to get to school healthy, happy and safe!
Become a FreeWheels Ride Leader and join us in making Kansas City a better place to bike! 

Learn how to lead group rides, ride confidently on the road and join Ride Leaders in making KC a great place to ride!

FreeWheels Bike Clubs are doing some amazing work, but we need your help to make it happen. FreeWheels Ride Leaders keep kids safe out on the road, model how to ride with cars and, perhaps most importantly, get to come on fun bike rides every week.

We will be training new Ride Leaders in just a few short weeks. Come learn how to lead group rides, ride confidently on the road and keep others safe.

Attending the training does not commit you to volunteering with Bike Clubs, but you will have the skills and tools you need to help us!

Ride Leader Training:
When: June 7th, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: 1403 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66103
Who: anyone interested in learning how to ride safely with others on the road, and especially those interested in helping Bike Club!

We are looking forward to seeing you there!  In the meantime, any questions or concerns can be directed to Ben or Javin
ROZARKS TRAIL PARTY!

Rosedale Development Association, FreeWheels for Kids, Earthriders Trails Association, and WyCo Parks and Rec are celebrating the official opening of the Mt. Marty Trails.  If you're not coming to theFreeWheels Criterium, you'd better be at the trails!

When: May 31, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where: Rosedale Arch (35th and Booth, right above the Boulevard)
Volunteer opportunities and upcoming events

We only have one more bike rodeo this Bike Month.  Come tomorrow and help us give bikes to kids!

Where: Emerson Elementary School, 1429 S. 29th St.
When: Thursday, May 15 4:30-6:00 p.m.

 
FreeWheels Criterium Weekend
We're hosting another bike race on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1.

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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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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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