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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

 

RideKC Scooters take to the streets

Photos by Zach Bauman

A quick zip on an electric scooter is a fun way to get to around town, and hundreds of people in Kansas City are choosing two wheels over four every day. This means traffic is lighter and slower, people are more active, and we’re all getting our daily vitamin D! But with the great power of that little motor comes the great responsibility to follow the rules of the road.

Kansas City, Missouri ordinance requires motorized vehicles (including e-scooters) to be operated on the street (NOT the sidewalk). Ordinance 70-253 states “No person shall drive any vehicle other than by human power upon a sidewalk, sidewalk area, park or public property, except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway.” This rule protects pedestrians (including people using wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers) moving at walking speeds from vehicles capable of at least 15 miles per hour. It also makes people on scooters more visible to people driving cars. If a scooterist crosses an intersection on the sidewalk, a driver may have difficulty seeing them through cars parked in the street.

YOU can advocate for safer streets!

Many people who scoot ride on the sidewalk because they fear being hit by a person driving a car if they ride in the street. This is a legitimate concern, and one that must be addressed through action by city leadership and by road users.

* The City of Kansas City Missouri encourages people to ride scooters in bike lanes where they exist. As the city continues to build bike lanes and apply the Complete Streets ordinance to redeveloped roads, we expect that streets will become safer for all users.

* Drivers should allow bicyclists and scooterists plenty of room and only pass on the left and when they can safely give the more vulnerable road user at least 3 feet of space. Put down your phone. Remember that you are operating a vehicle that can severely injure or kill someone in a collision.

* Bicyclists and scooterists should behave predictably. Ride safely in a straight line to the right side of the road unless it is necessary to take the lane. Stop at stop signs and traffic signals, use turn signals, and don’t weave in and out of cars parked on the street.

And we have good news: YOU can make active transportation easier and safer here in KCMO (the only city in which we currently have an operating agreement)!

* Learn more about the pending KCMO Bike Master Plan and how it can make streets safer throughout the city.

* Sign up to join BikeWalkKC’s growing list of  voices in support of the Bike Master Plan.

* Share your story if you feel unsafe on city streets or if you or your loved ones have experienced harassment or injury while scooting/walking/biking.

* Attend the next KCMO City Budget Hearing on August 15. Infrastructure costs money, and city leaders need to know that safe streets are important to you.

*  Stay tuned for Confident City Scootering workshops coming up. Get real life practice in a safe and controlled environment before we head out for a group scoot. Dates coming soon!

Shared micro-mobility devices like electric scooters and bikes are introducing hundreds of people to the joys of life outside a car, and we couldn’t be more delighted to be a part of this “movement.” Let’s take it to the next level and make our streets and sidewalks safer for everyone!

Click here to learn more about RideKC Bikes and RideKC Scooters. Daily, monthly, and annual memberships are available.

RideKC Scooters are locking up success!

Photo by Zach Bauman

We are pleased to announce that user-submitted end-trip photos indicate 99% of RideKC Scooters are parked correctly! That means they are locked to bike racks, bike share stations, sign posts, or other secure structures that are on public property and not blocking the public right-of-way or a building entrance.

You won’t find RideKC Scooters tipped over in an ADA ramp or lined up unattended on a sidewalk, because users can’t end a trip without locking the device to an approved bike rack or “hub” and snapping a picture to prove it’s parked properly. And that 1% of badly parked scooters? Our local operations team is quick to address any issues.

Scootering is a fun and social way to get around, but as with any new technology, there has been a learning curve for cities, vendors, and users. Before we launched Ride KC Scooter, we studied the situation carefully in both Kansas City and other cities. Businesses, pedestrians, and cities were voicing concerns about scooter parking. The vehicles have been left on driveways, in front of entrances, and in ADA ramps, blocking the public right-of-way. When we applied for the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Scooter Pilot Program, we offered a new solution: scooters that lock to a bike rack or other secure structure. As active transportation advocates, we believe that mobility is freedom, and blocking someone else’s access to a sidewalk is not an acceptable option.

Shared e-scooters are giving local active transportation a boost! The novelty and convenience of these new mobility devices is drawing people out of the isolation of a personal vehicle and into the public sphere. They are creating more demand for bike lanes (KCMO doesn’t allow scootering on the sidewalk) and more demand for bike racks at businesses, government buildings, and tourist destinations. In response, the City of KCMO has installed two “micro-mobility parking hubs” downtown, and is preparing to add more in other popular areas.

While our employees stock RideKC Bikes and RideKC Scooters only at official mobility hubs and bike stations, users vote with their wheels for locations with the best parking amenities. Businesses that are interested in attracting more scootering customers, or whose bike racks are already overflowing, should contact BikeWalkKC to inquire about their bike parking services, or the City of KCMO to inquire about a micro-mobility parking hub. (Fun fact: 12 bicycles/scooters can fit into one car parking space!)

Click here to learn more about RideKC Bikes and RideKC Scooters. Daily, monthly, and annual memberships are available.

RideKC Scooters have landed!

RideKC connects people to opportunity, and the latest way to get around town is by electric scooter! Find our sturdy and stable scooters near downtown Kansas City starting July 12th, and watch for more scooters and bikes in more neighborhoods throughout KCMO as we continue our rollout over the summer.
How to use RideKC Scooters:
  1. Download the Drop Mobility app
  2. Find a scooter near you
  3. Scan the QR code or type the number into the app
  4. Unlock the scooter and ride to your destination (KCMO does not allow scooter riding on sidewalks, but bike lanes are open to pedestrians, bikes, scooters, wheelchairs, skateboards, and roller skates)
  5. Lock it up to a bike rack or other secure structure on public property (please make sure that it doesn’t block transit stops or sidewalks)
  6. Snap a picture to end your trip

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We are testing out the scooters and software over the next few weeks, and we want your feedback. Report problems or send suggestions within the Drop Mobiilty app, email info@ridekcbike.com, or call customer support at 816-945-9545.

RideKC Bikes and Scooters chosen as official operators in KCMO pilot program

Today we are excited to be part of the next phase of the City’s dockless shared use mobility program. Look for more RideKC Bike e-bikes on the streets of KC in the coming weeks, and soon the addition of scooters!

The City of Kansas City, MO interim dockless program started in Summer 2018, and is now moving into a year-long pilot program to develop rules and regulations for the rapidly-evolving worlds of micro-mobility and shared-use transportation.

RideKC Bike launched an electric-assist bike share program in early 2019, and as part of the new City Hall pilot program we will soon be adding e-scooters to the mix. Stay tuned for more details about our scooter launch in the coming weeks.

The RideKC Bike system is a new part of the RideKC family of mobility services, which operates a unique mix technologies that extend the fixed-route transit system and gives local residents and visitors a variety of options for getting around KC.

RideKC Bike now features:

  • Smart, electric-assist bikes and e-scooters operating in a hybrid docked/dockless system with lock-to technology that utilizes existing and new bike racks to ensure our devices are organized, thoughtfully deployed, and enhance public spaces.
  • Pedal bikes operating in a traditional docked, kiosk-based system (formerly branded as KC BCycle) at 42 locations in Downtown, Midtown, 18th & Vine, the Plaza, Brookside, Waldo, and North Kansas City.
  • Bike Share for All, ensuring all Kansas Citians have access to bike – especially those impacted by disparities in mobility, health, and economics.
  • Bike+Bus Pass allowing commuters to transfer seamless between RideKC Bus, RideKC Max, and RideKC Bike.

About RideKC Bike
RideKC Bike is a public/private/nonprofit partnership led by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and BikeWalkKC, operating a family of shared use mobility services powered by equipment and technology supplied by Drop Mobility and BCycle.

The bike share program is a part of the RideKC regional transit family of mobility services, including Bus, MAX, Streetcar, and now bikes and scooters. The shared use mobility services are operated by BikeWalkKC, a local 501c3 charitable nonprofit working to redefine our streets as places for people to build a culture of active living.

Major funding for bike share is provided by the City of Kansas City, MO; Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, the Health Forward Foundation, H&R Block Foundation, and many other sponsors and partners in the community.

BikeWalkKC’s Bike Share program to get new look after KCATA Board approves agreement

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) Board of Commissioners approved a one-year agreement with BikeWalkKC for the Kansas City Bike Share system. The agreement will expand the RideKC family of transit options to include RideKC Bike, to be offered alongside existing bus, MAX, streetcar, paratransit, and ride share services.

This unique nonprofit/transit partnership will provide shared transportation services that extend and expand bike sharing in the metro. All existing bike share assets, including the 42 kiosks and 230 pedal bikes, will be rebranded as RideKC Bike. Some existing kiosks will be relocated to locations closer to transit later this spring. The RideKC Bike smart, electric-assist bike system will grow to include 150 new bikes located at hubs around the Kansas City, Mo., area. BikeWalkKC will continue to operate the bike share program.

“We are proud to support the growth of bike share in Kansas City,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA president and CEO. “Bike sharing will provide important first-and-last mile options for those using transit in the metro, and provide healthy, green transportation options for residents and visitors to Kansas City.”

Both RideKC Bike options (pedal and e-bikes) operate using an app-based system. The e-bikes, powered by Drop Mobility, may be checked out and returned to any designated hub around the city, with per-hour and day rates available. E-bikes feature a “hold” option that allows riders to lock the bike to any bike rack and hold their trip until they are ready to return the bike to a hub and end their trip. Pedal bikes may be checked out from and returned to any of the 42 station-based kiosks (docks), with a range of membership options from hourly to annual. More information is available on the RideKC Bike website: www.ridekcbike.com.

BikeWalkKC and the KCATA have a long history of successful partnerships. Recent efforts include the new combined Bike + Bus pass and BikeWalkKC’s bike share equity project, “Bike Share for All,” which partners with local social service agencies to provide affordable bike share access for underserved communities.

“We are excited to be a part of the RideKC family,” said Eric Rogers, executive director of BikeWalkKC. “This partnership will ensure improved equity, access, and connectivity for transit users, and provide affordable, reliable, and convenient solutions for neighborhoods, communities, and individuals across the city.”

Media Inquiries

Karen Campbell
BikeWalkKC
Director of Communications & Development
(816) 205-7056, ext. 2
karen.campbell@bikewalkkc.org

Petrina Parker
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
Public Information Officer
(816) 346-0391
pparker@kcata.org

MEDIA ALERT: BikeWalkKC to Pilot Region’s First Smart Bike Share Program with Drop Mobility and RideKC

         

MEDIA ALERT

BikeWalkKC to Pilot Region’s First Smart Bike Share Program with Drop Mobility and RideKC

Media Launch Event: 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at KCATA, 1200 E. 18th St., KCMO 64108

Kansas City, Mo. | Nov. 28, 2018 – RideKC and BikeWalkKC announce a new partnership to bring shared-use electric assist bicycles to Kansas City. RideKC and BikeWalkKC will partner with Drop Mobility, a leading micromobility provider, to launch this new fleet of smart e-bikes. The newly branded RideKC Bike program, powered by Drop Mobility’s hardware and software, will launch Nov. 30 with 150 electric-assist bikes featuring “lock-to” smart technology, rolling out over the coming months.

As part of the program’s future growth, a unique new public/private/non-profit partnership will provide shared transportation services that expand and improve bike sharing in the metro. The lock-to system will work alongside the existing bike share system: using a smartphone app, a user locates a bike near them and unlocks the bike. When finished riding, the user parks and locks the bike to any designated bike rack or existing bike share station, using an attached lock, or docks at an existing bike share station. The app will provide location information for “hubs” or bike parking station locations. The bikes are equipped with on-board GPS, which notifies RideKC Bike operating staff when the bike needs service or charging. Electric-assist bikes help riders by boosting their efforts while pedaling, providing ease for climbing hills, longer rides and for users with physical limitations that prevent extended cycling.

“The RideKC family of transit options has just become more robust,” said Robbie Makinen, KCATA president and CEO. “And that’s good news for consumers. We understand that people want the freedom to choose how they get around. Now they have more choices than ever, from streetcars, to e-bikes, to buses, to bike share, to scooters to paratransit and more. This three-way partnership is another ‘first’ in the Kansas City transit space.”

“Shared mobility is rapidly evolving worldwide with new technologies such as dockless and electric-assist options,” said Eric Rogers, BikeWalkKC Executive Director. “We are excited to be working with Drop Mobility and the KCATA to roll out a new electric fleet to ensure bikes are responsibly secured, and yet accessible to more people.”

“Since our founding, we have been committed to furthering the advent of micromobility by creating operating models and hardware that both last for the long-haul and solve a real transportation need for all residents of the communities we serve. We’re delighted to be working with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and BikeWalkKC. Through this partnership, we will deliver a truly seamless, integrated and sustainable micromobility service,” said Qiming Weng, CEO of Drop Mobility.

Media inquiries contact:

Karen Campbell
BikeWalkKC
Director of Communications & Development
(816) 205-7056, ext. 2
karen.campbell@bikewalkkc.org

Cindy Baker
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
Chief External Affairs Officer
(816) 510-2874 (cell)
cbaker@kcata.org

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s mission is to connect people to opportunities throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan region. KCATA was created in 1965 throughspecial state legislative action in both Missouri and Kansas. The region’s public transportationproviders are unified under one system, one name, one brand, RideKC, providing more than 16 million trips per year.

BikeWalkKC is a nonprofit bicycle/pedestrian advocacy organization serving greater Kansas City. Our programs and services empower citizens, communities, and professionals for excellence in advocating, planning, and engineering for better walking and bicycling.

Drop Mobility is a leading shared electric micromobility solutions provider for cities across North America. Drop operates a micromobility platform truly integrated into city transportation infrastructure, while providing highly reliable systems that entail not just quality hardware, but also attention to detail in software, operations and user experience. Users can find Drop Mobility vehicles on the Drop Mobility app. Checking out and returning a bike or scooter is seamless with a smartphone, and users can conveniently park vehicles within the service area.