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How do you get to work every day? Subscribe to the Mobility KC newsletter to keep up on transportation and jobs access news in the Kansas City region. Published by the MidAmerica Regional Council's RideshareKC program with support from the Ride KC family of transportation services including RideKC Transit, Rideshare KC, KC Streetcar, RideKC Bike, and RideKC Vanpool, Mobility KC seeks to connect employers with cleaner, greener, and more efficient ways to get their employees to work.

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Ten years of bike share in the KC metro

Can you believe it? RideKC Bike is celebrating our 10th Anniversary this month!

Kansas Citians were SO excited to see bike share come to town in 2012. BikeWalkKC launched one of the first bike share systems in the United States, and one of only two non-profit systems. Old-timers will remember that back then, we called ourselves Kansas City BCycle. We knew easy bike rental could be a game changer for our city, and we had big dreams of providing inexpensive, green transportation for residents and visitors.

Bikes were pedal-only, and required docking at designated hubs. We started with just a few locations in the downtown and midtown areas of Kansas City, Missouri, and the bikes were an instant hit.

David J. tried out our bikes at a 2011 First Fridays pop up before we officially opened in 2012.

Now we're RideKC Bike, sponsored by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and part of the RideKC family of transit options. We are still operated by BikeWalkKC, and our team of customer service agents and bike techs is still local. Our bikes are lighter, faster (thanks to electric-assist), and available across Kansas City, Missouri, North Kansas City, Kansas City, Kansas, Lenexa, Kansas, select Johnson County parks, and Longview Lake in Jackson County. Stay tuned on social media (@ridekcbike on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) and subscribe to our newsletter for more blasts from the past and sneak peaks at the future of bike share in the KC metro. 

Take 30% off an Annual Membership with code YEAR10KC on the RideKC Bike app. 

How to get 30% off an Annual RKCB Membership:

1. Download the RideKC Bike app from your Apple or Google app store and create an account.

2. Redeem the code in "Coupons and Credits" before you select pricing and membership. Redeeming the code will automatically select an Annual Membership and activate the 30% discount.

3. Confirm your purchase and enjoy your ride!

This offer is valid July 1-31 and is good for new and renewing members only. It does not apply to current members. Need more details? Read our Ride With Us guide.

 

Press Release: Kansas City Freight House and RideKC Bike Connect the Crossroads With RideKCBike Hub and Parking for Dozens of Bicycles and Scooters

Kansas City Freight House is partnering with BikeWalkKC and RideKC Bike to provide multi-modal parking and bike share in the Crossroads District. Freight House is sponsoring a RideKC Bike hub, and has installed scooter parking and custom-branded racks for up to 30 bicycles - without removing any car parking.

Research shows that people who walk and bicycle for transportation visit local businesses more often, and spend more money over time, than drivers do. And infrastructure improvements like good sidewalks, bike lanes, and multi-modal parking zones slow car traffic and improve community health and safety for residents, employees, and visitors.

Home to over 2000 residents, plus art studios, small grocers, shops, and restaurants, the Crossroads District is a neighborhood and a destination. In recent years, First Friday events have transformed the area into a car-free plaza for art lovers one evening every month. Kansas City Freight House’s investment in bicycle and scooter parking complements the Crossroads’s emphasis on people-centered spaces and community connection.

“Kansas City Freight House is investing in the future of their business and their neighborhood. RideKC Bike has made working closely with the local business community a priority, and this project is another great example of the community’s ongoing support,” says Eric Vaughan, Director of Bike Share at RideKC Bike.

“This new bike share hub is a prime example of how public/private partnerships can benefit Kansas City,” said Kansas City, Missouri City Manager, Brian Platt. “These are smart investments that leverage and amplify the City's commitment to healthy and sustainable transportation and coordinate with the City’s existing efforts to continue building out the network of protected bicycle facilities, prioritize our Vision Zero initiative, and invest in safe, accessible, multimodal infrastructure.”

We have been a part of the Crossroads neighborhood for 12 years and couldn't be more excited about the growth we have witnessed and realize there is much more on the way.  As new residents and businesses continue to move into the neighborhood we need to refocus our transportation strategies away from a strictly car centric approach and begin to enhance our pedestrian and bike experiences.  While the new bike share is a small start we have more projects on the way to improve our connectivity both on site and in the neighborhood.  We look forward to a more walkable and bikeable community,” says Nicholas Grünauer, owner of Kansas City Freight House and the Grünauer restaurant.

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About RideKC Bike: RideKC Bike is a partnership of BikeWalkKC, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, and the City of Kansas City, Missouri. The system provides a unique integration of public transit and shared use mobility. Fleets of traditional pedal bikes and electric-assist bikes provide residents and visitors with healthy, sustainable options for getting around the Kansas City metro. BikeWalkKC is the owner/operator of RideKC Bike. Learn more at www.ridekcbike.com.

About Kansas City Freight House: Located in the heart of the cultural Crossroads Arts District, the historic Kansas City Freight House building is home to three restaurants, Jack Stack Barbecue, Lidia’s Kansas City, and Grünauer.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Amy Scrivner
513-919-9613
amy.scrivner@bikewalkkc.org

Club Woodside and Kansas City Freight House are RideKC Bike’s newest hub sponsors

Two local businesses make private investments in public good

Club Woodside in Westwood, Kansas and Kansas City Freight House in the Crossroads District in Kansas City, Missouri are RideKC Bike's newest hub sponsors, with each offering distinct amenities.

Club Woodside, located between hubs in KCMO's Country Club Plaza and KCK's Rosedale, provides bike share access in an area previously not served by RideKC Bike. They purchased custom, Woodside-branded racks for both personal bicycles and RideKC bikes, and they are also sponsoring free annual RideKC Bike memberships for all club members.

Kansas City Freight House is also sponsoring a RideKC Bike hub, and has installed custom-branded racks for up to 30 bicycles, as well as established a scooter parking zone. Home to over 2000 residents, plus art studios, small grocers, shops, and restaurants, the Crossroads District is a neighborhood and a destination. Freight House’s investment in bicycle and scooter parking complements the Crossroads’s emphasis on people-centered spaces and community connection.

"RideKC Bike has made working closely with the local business community a priority, and these projects are great examples of the community’s ongoing support,” says Eric Vaughan, Director of Bike Share at RideKC Bike.

Research shows that people who walk and bicycle for transportation visit local businesses more often, and spend more money over time, than drivers do. And infrastructure improvements like good sidewalks, bike lanes, and multi-modal parking zones slow car traffic and improve community health and safety for residents, employees, and visitors. RideKC Bike and BikeWalkKC offer low-cost, high-quality bike racks, wellness program consulting services, and more to help your business welcome employees and customers who arrive by bike. Get in touch and let us help you become a bike-friendly business!

Free rides for your selfies!

With smartphones in our pockets, we are all artists in this modern world, documenting perfect days for posterity. We want to see your perfect day on a RideKC Bike, and if we use it in our marketing, we’ll send you a code for a free RideKC Bike ride! It’s as simple as…

  • Snap a selfie with a RideKC Bike 
  • Tag @ridekcbike in a public post on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter
  • Get a code for a free ride if we use your picture

Show us your favorite scenic routes, local businesses, and parks and tell us how you use RideKC Bike.

 

Classic Bikes are going dockless, joining new RideKC Bike and Scooter app

Love our classic pedal bikes? Get ready for some big improvements! In the coming week we are updating the system:

1. A brand new, unified RideKC Bike and Scooter app for all vehicles, including pedal bikes

Our pedal bike fleet is joining the e-bike and scooters in one unified all new RideKC app, starting July 1. On July 1, your “Drop Mobility” app will no longer be able to checkout bikes, and you can download the new RideKC app in advance for iOS here, and Android here.
All your existing member info will be transitioned on July 1, you just have to login with the same phone number.

2. Converting the Classic Bikes at the docking stations to dockless bikes

You will no longer need to put the pedal bikes into a dock. They can be locked to any bike rack just like the e-bikes.

3. Retiring the kiosks, touch screens, tap cards

All bike check-outs and returns will happen within the app, and you will no longer need to swipe a card at the kiosk, use a touch screen, or carry our tap card.

We look forward to seeing you out riding again soon! Have questions? As always, our local team is here to answer them. Email us at info@ridekcbike.com or call 816-945-9545.

Park it, Lock it, Snap it: Neighborly parking with RideKC Bike and Scooter

Bike share is transit, and as part of the transit system, RideKC Bike is committed to improving mobility for everyone in our service area. Besides providing consistent service, well-kept equipment, and thoughtfully distributed vehicles for our riders, that also means keeping sidewalks clear for people not using RideKC Bike. We work with municipalities, businesses and residents to ensure pedestrian safety and access and convenient bike share parking. Here are some tips for what we like to call “neighborly parking.”

Park it:

If you’re using a classic (pedal-powered) bike, roll the front wheel into an open dock at a station and hold till the light on the dock turns green. If you’re using an e-bike or scooter in KCMO, you can park at a dock, a bike rack, a sign post, or other fixture in the “furniture zone,” which is the area between the walkway and the curb. Be sure that other people can use the bike and you’re not blocking pedestrian access to a stair railing, ADA ramp, or doorway.
If you’re parking in North Kansas City, you can park at a bike share station or a public bike rack.

Lock it:

Use the orange cable to lock the e-bike or scooter. Locking up keeps vehicles secure and out of the way of pedestrians.

Snap it:

When you lock up the vehicle, the Drop app will prompt you to check in the vehicle and snap a picture to prove it’s locked securely. This helps us track our bikes and scooters and keep them maintained.

Neighborly parking is good for the community, good for the equipment, and good for you, because it helps you avoid penalty fees. Have questions? We’ve got answers! Call customer service at 816-945-9545 or email info@ridekcbike.com for any inquiries, including billing, app glitches, and maintenance issues.

 

Users speak up: 2019 Bikeshare survey results

Kansas City has been bitten by the bike and scooter share bug, and we’ve compiled a few quotes from our recent 2019 RideKC Bike + Scooter User Survey. Riders have a lot to say about how they use classic bikes, e-bikes and scooters to get where they need to go!

Commuters get to work on time and ready to go:

“I’ve used it to commute to meetings in Westport from the Crossroads. Using an e-Bike to go up the hill around the Liberty Memorial makes that so much less daunting and the whole process more fun. These meetings are before work, so when I arrive at work, I feel so much more awake and energize having ridden a bike a few miles (even if with e-assist).”

“Many days, I am going from school and home a lot. Scooters help me stay on time between trips without the hassle of parking.”

“One of my favorite parts of the day is riding the RideKC E-bikes to and from work.”

 

Recreational users love seeing the city from a different angle:

“No better way to take in a beautiful day than on a scooter.”

“I was able to use the rideKC scooter to get out from the event I was at and quickly get to my car that was parked several blocks away and beat the after show traffic”

“It was a wonderful way to travel for my day to day route. I enjoyed seeing different aspects of the city by bike. I got primo parking at work by using a bike!”

 

And many are trading four wheels for two:

“It has expanded my travel distance since I don’t own my own car.”

“Using the scooters and bikes has given me a sense of freedom and more neighborhood visibility as well as a connection to nature that I couldn’t get with a car. I was an avid car user; obsessed with always having my car like a security blanket. Using a scooter and/or bike has opened up my mind to finding other forms of transportation and even possibly walking and using other forms of public transit. Even with 3 small children, we have diminished our personal vehicle use exponentially. Therefore, we are even considering downsizing to a one car family. This is HUGE!”

“It inspired me to make bicycling my primary form of daily transportation.”

“It’s really connected the city for me in a way I couldn’t experience by car. From Shawnee Mission to Raytown to North KC, I have a greater appreciation for how our communities are physically connected. It’s also made me a better driver for the few car trips I still take. I would never have imagined myself a “cyclist” but electric assist bikes have made me a believer. It’s improved the health of my children as well because we take more walks that I bookend with bike trips to avoid using the minivan. This has been the greatest benefit by far. Thank you!”

“I’ve used a bike and a scooter for a fun outing and as a transit alternative when a car was not available, so for pleasure and necessity. In all instance, I found the experience to be joyful and easy. I do wish I had a helmet and there were more dedicated bike lanes.”

“I was pretty skeptical of the scooters. I just didn’t see the point. After actually trying one, it was a ton of fun, and really made it much easier to get from one place to another when you’ve only got a few blocks to go.”

Big thanks to everyone who responded to our survey. Your feedback is important to us, and we are looking forward to implementing some of your ideas to help better serve our riders. We’re excited for another year of biking and scooting in Kansas City. Stay tuned , because we have some big news coming through in 2020!

And congrats to Sarah K. for winning our survey response drawing!

Keep in touch on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @ridekcbike!

 

Getting free on RideKC Scooters

Aaustin Bornman has been around the world many times. “In the Air Force, sometimes I’d visit five countries in one day.” But he’s always had a soft spot for Kansas City. “When someone asked me where I wanted to end up, I’d always say Kansas City. It’s just big enough, you know?”

Aaustin doesn’t drive. He uses his RideKC Veterans Pass to travel on RideKC buses. And he scoots. A lot. “Scooting brings out the youth in you. It energizes you,” Aaustin says. On his scooter trips, Aaustin strives to be a “local tourist” in his adopted hometown. He makes a point to notice unique views of familiar landmarks and pulls over immediately to snap a picture. Kansas City’s fountains remind him of Spain (“Some of these fountains are exact replicas of the ones I saw in Seville!”) and he meets a lot of people on the street. “I met another Air force guy on a scooter. He was older. Maybe in his late sixties. And we rode together for a while.”

That human connection is especially important to Aaustin. His life’s purpose is ensuring that everyone he meets knows that they’re needed and loved, and that informs how he interacts with folks along his scooter rides. He loves chatting with folks on the sidewalk while he’s waiting for the light to change, and he rings his bell in greeting at other bike and scooter riders. “I’m trying to start something. Like motorcycle riders have their own wave.”

Beyond adventure and meeting new people, Aaustin says that RideKC Scooters offer him the freedom to go where he wants to go. He has some vision problems at car speeds, and he often walks with a cane or walker, but the scooters are slow enough that his vision isn’t impaired, and they give him a boost when he needs it. “I feel free. Free like a child.”

And that’s exactly what we  at RideKC Bike/Scooter like to hear: that you have the freedom to get places, explore your community, make connections along the route. Happy riding!

 

Photos courtesy of Aaustin Bornman

 

 

Scooter School at Alma Mader Brewing

 

Get the scoop on how to scoot in Kansas City! Join RideKC Scooters and BikeWalkKC for an afternoon of fun at Alma Mader Brewing Co. right on the Southwest Boulevard bike lanes.

* Get detailed instruction on local scootering rules and regulations

* Learn how to interact with other street traffic

* Practice your scootering skills on a group scoot after class

* Stick around for a Handlebar Happy Hour!

This class is FREE, but please register so we can bring enough scooters for everyone!

Helmets are required, and we’re happy to loan you one. Just email us at info@bikewalkkc.org.

Please save the beer for after class– buzzed scooting is drunk scooting, and we don’t allow it!

REGISTER HERE: Scooter School at Alma Mader