Archive | May, 2014

May is Bike Month!


BikeMonthLogos2013-07Bike month
 is upon us! Riding a bike is a cost-effective way to reduce your impact on air quality. Have you wanted to ride your bike to work? Have you been looking for ways to get your family involved in biking? Are you unsure of the safety and responsibilities of commuting with a bike? Try one of these ways to get involved:

  • Tell us where you want to pedal. MARC is working with regional partners to develop a Regional Bikeway Plan that will establish a vision for high-priority bikeway and trail investments across the metropolitan area. Use the interactive WikiMap to tell us where you are currently riding, where you want to ride and what’s keeping you from riding.
  • Check the BikeWalkKC calendar of Bike Month events and programs to help you and your family better understand bike riding safety and needs. Be sure to check out the MARC Bikeway Map to find a safe route for your recreation or commuting.
  • See how over 100 women participated in the KC Women’s Bike Summit on May 10. BikeWalkKC organized this groundbreaking event for women of all ages and backgrounds. The MARC AirQ program presented information about the RideShare program, including details about how the Guaranteed Ride Home program can provide transportation in times of emergency.
  • Understand the Kansas and Missouri bike laws. Cyclists are expected to uphold traffic laws, just like drivers. You can be a responsible rider by reviewing the Kansas and Missouri bicycle statutes.
  • Rent a Kansas City B-Cycle bike from locations all around the downtown and Crossroads areas. Register online to access any of the station locations. Ride to lunch, to a downtown meeting or just to have fun!
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Build it and they will come. Tear it down and they can recycle it!

There’s a huge pile of it when a building is torn down. There is a dumpster full of it when a house is remodeled. It’s called construction and demolition waste, and the good news is most of it can be reused or recycled.

Construction and demolition materials consist of the debris generated during the construction, renovation and demolition of homes, buildings, roads and bridges. And all of us — from construction companies to private residents — can play a role in giving it a second life.

Habitat-ReStore-RequirementsDonate it

Habitat ReStore accepts donations of new and used building materials and furniture from individuals, contractors and retailers. The donated materials are made available to the public at discounted prices. Profits support Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build decent, affordable homes for low-income families to own.

This Habitat ReStore Kansas City guide (PDF) lists all building materials you can donate.

Deconstruct it

Deconstruction is the process of hand-dismantling rooms, homes or buildings in order to salvage useable portions. The Habitat ReStore Kansas City uses trained and certified deconstruction contractors for whole-house removal. ReStore also has crews that handle partial deconstruction jobs like kitchen, bath and deck removal.

Choosing deconstruction has many advantages, including:

  • Reduced costs through tax deductions.
  • Reduced environmental impact when removing the building.
  • Creating new, livable-wage jobs in the Kansas City area.
  • Supplying Habitat ReStore with quality, affordable building materials which are made available for public reuse.

Take it to a landfill or transfer station

There are several landfills and transfer stations in the Kansas City metro area that recycle certain building materials, including metal, asphalt, concrete, wood waste and roofing materials. Landfills and transfer stations charge a fee for accepting materials. For more information, visit RecycleSpot.org and search for “building materials” under “I want to recycle.”

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Two new websites help you take care of our air

To wrap up Air Quality Awareness Week, the MARC Air Quality program is excited to share its new online educational website, www.AirQKC.org. The site is designed for people of all ages who want to learn more about Kansas City’s air quality. Let Quinton, the Air Quality bird, be your guide as you:

  • Read our new children’s book, Wingin’ It: Quinton’s Clean Air-Venture (for children ages 3-103).
  • Play the AirQuiz game to test your knowledge of all things AirQ. Categories include alternative transportation, driving habits and ozone facts.
  • Download coloring pages and word games — some can be tricky!
  • Explore an interactive bike map of the Kansas City region.
  • Watch air quality videos.

The newly redesigned RideShareKC.org has a friendlier user interface and additional commute options. Now in addition to finding carpool matches, users can:

  • Search for commute partners who bike or walk a similar route.
  • Find or advertise a ride for a one-way regional trip.
  • Calculate financial and environmental savings.

What’s more, those who carpool, vanpool, bike or use Johnson County Transit to get to work on a regular basis are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which eliminates the barrier of worrying how to get home in cases of illness, accident or emergency.

And, as always, you can visit www.marc.org/AirQ to learn more about the region’s air quality and how you can help take care of our air.

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Region’s first Women’s Bike Summit scheduled for May 10

Women's Bike Summit May 10Happy Bike Month!

BikeWalkKC will host the KC Women’s Bike Summit in May as a forum to encourage more girls and women to bike and celebrate current female bicycling enthusiasts.

Bike commuting is more popular than ever — increasing 42 percent in the Kansas City area last year. Now, BikeWalkKC wants to focus on increasing the numbers of female cyclists. The summit is a venue for women of all ages and backgrounds to discuss relevant issues and provide hands-on opportunities for improving confidence.

Join BikeWalkKC for a day of workshops, discussions and
break-out sessions that focus on the female cyclist.

Register to attend the KC Women’s Bike Summit.

Where:

Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64108

When:

May 10, 2014
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A registration fee is not required, but BikeWalkKC suggests donations of $25 per person.

Complimentary childcare will be available.

Contact Sarah Shipley at sarah.shipley@bikewalkkc.org with any questions.

 

For more information about transportation issues in the Kansas City region, visit our sister blog, Transportation Matters.

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