BikeWalkKC
1106 East 30th Street, Suite G
Kansas City MO 64109
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 205-7056
Fax 816- 205-7056
Mission Statement
BikeWalkKC's mission is to redefine or streets as places for people to build a culture of active living.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Eric Rogers
Board Chair Mr. Doug Washington
Board Chair Company Affiliation TriCom Technical Services
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer We appreciate the support of our members, volunteers, and individual donors. We also take donations of used bikes for re-purposing in our youth and adult earn-a-bike programs.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement BikeWalkKC's mission is to redefine or streets as places for people to build a culture of active living.
Background Statement
In 2010 Kansas City was the largest U.S. metro area without a professional organization dedicated to advocacy and education for walking and biking, and it showed. The community had low rates of walking and biking, high injuries and fatalities, and high rates of public health problems like obesity, diabetes, and sedentary life styles. BikeWalkKC was founded out of a collaboration among business, public sector, community advocates to address these issues.
 
Today, BikeWalkKC is the regional leader for improving walking and bicycling in greater Kansas City. Our work includes public policy and advocacy, youth development and education, consulting and technical assistance, adult education, community planning and engagement, and the Kansas City BCycle bike share system. We support regional partners and clients in creating a community that is barrier free, has complete biking and walking access, and has a connected culture of active transportation and active lifestyles.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments:
  1. Achieved a cumulative total of 20,000 kids served by youth education programs in local schools.
  2. Worked with municipalities across the region to develop new master plans for Complete Streets to improve walking and biking, and successfully advocated for a new Complete Streets Ordinance for the City of Kansas City, adopted in December 2017.
  3. Expanded the Kansas City BCycle bike share program from 30 to 42 stations (a 35% increase) and added 80 2.0 bikes to the fleet.
  4. Launched a new youth education program to serve high school students, Bike Club.
  5. Expanded the Women Bike KC initiative to address the gender gap in bicycling.
  6. Developed innovative adult education partnerships to benefit underserved, at-risk, and homeless communities.
 
Goals:
  1. Raise $250,000 to match $1 million in federal grants to expand youth education programs over the next five years.
  2. Expand youth education to additional schools in the urban core and first-ring suburbs.
  3. Implement our five-year public policy and advocacy plan to improve the built environment for walking and biking. 
  4. Integrate equity across all of our programs to improve access to active transportation options, particularly for individuals facing high health disparities, high levels of poverty, low car ownership, high need for access to opportunities (jobs, education, etc.) and surmountable barriers to biking and walking.
Needs Statement
  1. $250,000 matching funds for federal grants
  2. Board member diversity
  3. Advocacy and public policy funding
  4. Staff development/training funding
  5. Overhead/admin funding
Service Categories
Alliances & Advocacy
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
MO - Buchanan
MO - Cass County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
KS - Johnson County
KS - Lawrence
KS - Leavenworth County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
Geographic Area Served Narrative BikeWalkKC serves the entire five-county, bi-state metropolitan area of Kansas City.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
BikeWalkKC is a relatively young organization that has rapidly established itself as a regional and national leader in bicycle/pedestrian advocacy, education, and public policy. In less than ten years we have grown to impact thousands of elementary students, win millions of dollars in federal and local funding for trails and bike lanes, and influence public policy that will shape the city for years to come. We have been very successful in growing our organization, building a top notch team of staff members, and putting biking and walking on the agenda of elected officials, business leaders, and community members across the Kansas City region.
 
Our primary challenge is managing growth thoughtfully and sustainably. Recent fundraising and grant successes have set the stage for significant growth in programming and staff in 2018. The current challenge is to ensure that the organization has a solid foundation to support this growth, sustain the new level of activity, and has clear alignment between strategic planning and community impact.
 
We are addressing this challenge by dedicating more resources to staff development and training, growing our membership base, seeking capacity building funds, consulting with other fast growing nonprofits, and leveraging business principles. Using the principles of social entrepreneurship have been especially helpful: taking risks and learning from failures, iterating quickly, and incorporating earned income streams to support social impact programs.
Programs
Description
BikeWalkKC offers training, tools, programs, resources, and technical assistance to help schools design a Safe Routes to School program or to improve the infrastructure around your school. We offer several programs to bring instruction to your students, train your teachers, and encourage students and families to walk and bike to school.
  
BikeWalkKC leads regional efforts to celebrate International Walk to School Day, convening stakeholders and more than 90 schools across the metro area.
  
http://bikewalkkc.org/saferoutes 
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Cycling
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short-Term Success Our first intervention is assess a school’s current environment and make recommendations for policy and infrastructure improvements. Then we reach out to parents to develop champions to ensure interventions become long-term and sustainable.
Long-Term Success
Our long-term goal is for walking and biking to become deeply embedded in a school’s strategies to address learning, health, and transportation. The school will have the tools and resources needed to build a culture of healthy living and active transportation.
Program Success Monitored By Success is measured in the short term how many kids walk and bike to school. In the long term we strive to measure declines in childhood obesity and Type II diabetes, as well as reduced transportation costs for families and school districts.
Examples of Program Success Our most visible impact is the Safe Routes to School partnership in Wyandotte County. The collaboration between BikeWalkKC, the Unified Government, USD 50 KCK, USD 202 Turner, parents, and neighborhood associations is now involved in more than twenty schools across the county. Since 2014, the number of kids walking or biking to school and the number of schools participating has more than doubled. The Unified Government compliments our educational programs with infrastructure investments in new sidewalks and crosswalks near many of the schools in this program. To date, 2.7 miles of sidewalks have been constructed.
Description
Our advocacy programs work with local cities on public policies and funding that results in a built environment that encourages active living with sidewalks, trails, crosswalks, bike lanes, and more.
  • Complete KC: Our newest campaign to redesign our streets for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Safe Streets KC: Our successful campaign to pass new laws to reduce street harassment.
  • Safe Routes to School: Our work to make it safer for kids to walk and bike to school.
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Transportation Systems
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success
Biking and walking will be integrated into local and regional public policies and plans.
 
Local governments will prioritize walking and biking as low-cost solutions to complex problems of health, transportation, equity, and economic development. 
Long-Term Success
Local cities will have comprehensive, connected networks for walking and biking that provide residents with convenient, low-stress routes for transportation, recreation, and fitness.

Program Success Monitored By
Advocacy and public policy success is monitored by:
  • Number of communities with Complete Streets policies
  • Progress on implementation of local bike, pedestrian, and trail master plans
  • Amount of local, regional, and federal funding invested in bike and pedestrian infrastructure. 
Examples of Program Success
Recent success includes:
  • 56% of metro residents live in a city with a Complete Streets Policy
  • Comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian master plans recently adopted in Overland Park and Leawood
  • Kansas City, MO development code requires bike parking in most new developments
  • Anti-harassment ordinances are on the books in Kansas City, MO; Independence; and Lee's Summit 
Description Bike Share KC, d.b.a. Kansas City BCycle is a public bike share program offering self-service bike rentals at 42 stations. This program is organized as a subsidiary of BikeWalkKC.
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Transportation Systems
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success Short-term success is monitored by usage of the bike share system, calories burned by users, and carbon offset. 
Long-Term Success
Since 2012, Bike Share has served 23,000 people and logged several important metrics:
  • Nearly 60,000 trips
  • 190,000 miles
  • 100,000 pounds of carbon offset
  • 7.6 million calories burned 
Program Success Monitored By Long-term success if measured by system usage, health outcomes, and reduction in automobile usage. GPS data collected on each bike is shared with public agency partners to help them plan infrastructure like bike lanes and trails.
Examples of Program Success
37% of users report improved mood, 19% improved fitness, and 12% increased energy level.
 
25% of bike share trips connect with public transit and 39% of bike share trips replaced a car trip. 
CEO Comments
BikeWalkKC's strategic plan organizes our work in a framework called A.C.E. - Advocating for public policy change, Congregating stakeholders to build community, and Educating individuals and transportation professionals.
 
Our programs are built on a solid foundation of investment from federal, city, and philanthropic support. Our current program needs include:
  • Organizational capacity-building to allow us to successfully manage rapid growth of programs and staffing
  • Local matching funds to access federal grants
  • Funding to support advocacy and public policy work
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Eric Rogers
Term Start Aug 2010
Experience Eric believes bicycling and walking are the best perspectives from which to see and experience our beautiful and dynamic city. He has been a bike commuter more than ten years, is a regular transit rider, and loves walking to the grocery store and other shops in his Midtown neighborhood. Eric has worked on many campaigns to give Kansas Citians better transportation choices, including Missouri River crossings, development code reform, and trail funding. He is a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor, LCI #2515. Eric also serves as Vice President of the board the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, and he is the Mayor's appointee to Chair of the Kansas City, MO Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He has been recognized as Advocate of the Year by the Alliance for Biking and Walking, and he has received the regional leadership award from the Mid-America Regional Council.
Senior Staff
Title Director of Policy and Co-Founder
Experience/Biography
Eric’s interest in pedestrian and bicycle advocacy dates back to his days as a cross country and track athlete in high school and college. His daily runs opened his eyes to the value of human-paced exploration. After college, living in Columbia Missouri, he discovered the power of bike lanes, trails, and good sidewalks as a way to increase our physical activity and improve safety. There he began teaching bicycling commuting skills as a part-time staffer with the PedNet Coalition. Later, he spent some time as an intern with BikeDenver in Denver, CO. And in 2010 he joined the staff of the Missouri Foundation for Biking and Walking, beginning his full-time career in active transportation advocacy.
Now Eric as BikeWalkKC’s Policy Director most of his time is dedicated to increasing public awareness on the topic of active transportation and the built environment. It is Eric’s belief that transformation can only happen by building relationships with community stakeholders and elevating the collective understanding of how streets and public spaces impact quality of life. He attempts to connect the dots between the community’s vision of active transportation to the policymakers who ultimately affect the built environment. Eric serves as the chair of the Kansas City, Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Title Director of Programs
Experience/Biography Maggie has six years of experience building BikeWalkKC’s education programs. She currently manages BikeWalkKC’s youth and adult education programs, outreach activities, and a team of fifteen program staff. She is a Safe Routes to School expert, providing technical assistance to help schools increase walking and biking and coordinating the biennial Safe Routes to School Summit. Maggie also manages the Women Bike KC initiative and coordinates the biennial Women’s Bike Summit. Maggie models the active transportation lifestyle by bicycle commuting around the city. Maggie is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in nonprofit management. She is a graduate of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City’s Leadership Academy and is a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor.
Title Director of Bike Share and Business Services
Experience/Biography
Eric keeps the Kansas City B-cycle bike share system running smoothly, including customer support, sales, corporate membership, station planning, and outreach. He also leads our businesses-focused services like bike parking and bike friendly businesses.
Eric is an avid mountain biker, and helped start the bike program at the University of Central Missouri. He lives in Lee’s Summit and currently serves as chair of the city’s Livable Streets Advisory Board. He is a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor and serves the BCycle Operator’s Advisory Group.
Title Director of Development and Communications
Experience/Biography

Karen provides oversight of BikeWalkKC's fund development, marketing, and communications efforts in support of BikeWalkKC’s mission, goals, and strategic plan. She first discovered BWKC through the Tour de Bier and saw a way to combine her love of biking and hiking with the mission of the organization.

Karen has extensive experience in fundraising, marketing, and program development. Prior to joining BikeWalkKC, she was director of external affairs at Mid-America Arts Alliance. Karen received her M.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Title Finance Manager
Experience/Biography

John joined BikeWalkKC in November 2015 as our first Finance Manager. In addition to day-to-day accounting, he provides financial leadership to ensure our fast-growing organization is a good steward of supporters’ funds and is positioned for long-term sustainability.

John is a Certified Public Accountant and has an MBA from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. He has extensive experience in the private sector and served as Chief Financial Officer at both Benedictine and William Jewel Colleges. John has also worked with many local nonprofits, including Goodwill Industries and Metro Lutheran Ministries.

Title Director of Community Planning
Experience/Biography
With more than a decade of experience working for diverse clients and cities across the nation at a variety of scales, Thomas has developed a multi-faceted perspective on planning and decision-making in the public and private realms. This perspective provides insight into the social, economic, environmental, legal, and political context in which planning decisions are made, and an understanding of how creative and quality initiatives can flourish within these constraints.
At BikeWalkKC, Thomas’ experience leading and managing complex projects, including neighborhood and corridor planning, bike and trail planning, complete street design, transit planning, code and policy drafting, engagement, capacity building, and technical analysis support the mission of BikeWalkKC across the region. Locally, Thomas has been a tireless advocate for great streets and public spaces, including organizing Kansas City’s first Better Block event in 2012.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 13
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 500
Retention Rate 90%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 5
Male 8
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
  • Alliance for Biking and Walking
  • Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • Transportation for America
  • America Walks
  • League of American Bicyclists
  • Mid-America Regional Council
  • City of Kansas City, MO
  • Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS
  • City of Overland Park, KS
  • City of Leawood, KS
  • City of Lee's Summit, MO
  • City of Mission, KS
  • Jackson County, MO
  • Johnson County, MO
  • Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
  • KC Healthy Kids
  • Cultivate KC
  • Rosedale Development Association
  • MainCor and Main Street CID
  • Downtown Council
  • Kansas City Public Schools
  • North Kansas City School District
  • Hickman Mills School District
  • USD 500 Kansas City, KS
  • LISC
  • LINC
  • Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Avila University
  • AARP
  • American Heart Association
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
Our organization has been fortunate to grow resources, programs, and impacts quickly since founding in 2010. We have already developed mature programs and established a regional and national reputation for expertise and excellence. Our biggest challenge is managing growth and change productive and reliably. We strive to develop a long-lasting organization that can help improve the community for decades to come.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Doug Washington
Company Affiliation TriCom Technical Services
Term June 2018 to May 2020
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Ms. Lesley Pories
Company Affiliation Water.org
Term June 2018 to June 2020
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Lawrence AndreThe Why Inside
Ms. Ruth Anne French-HodsonShook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.
Ms. Molly GosnellGIS Consultant
Ms. Amanda GrimesUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
Mr. Jake JacobsonChildren's Mercy
Mr. John JespersenButtonwood Financial Group
Mr. Paul MartinZahner Co.
Ms. Lesley PoriesWater.Org
Mr. Eric RogersBikeWalkKC
Ms. Malenda ShahaneUMB Financial
Mr. Doug WashingtonTriCom Technical Services
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Tyler HensonJE Dunn
Mr. Randy LopezWyandotte Health Foundation
Mr. Andy OlsonHallmark Cards
Mr. Steve RhoadesVireo
Ms. Barbara ThomasAmerican Jazz Museum
Mr. Dan WalshSpokes Cafe & Cyclery
CEO Comments
BikeWalkKC’s Board of Directors is actively seeking new board members who have a passion for making Greater Kansas City a safer and more welcoming place for people who walk and bike. The Board Nominating Committee is searching for director candidates with strong leadership skills and experience in helping nonprofit organizations execute strategy and development plans.
The organization has grown quickly since its founding in 2010 to become a regional and national leader in the fields of advocacy, public policy, education, and bike share. We enjoy a growing base of loyal supporters and diversified funding base. This year we seek 3-4 board candidates who can help us expand our partnerships with a broader pool of individual and institutional supporters who share our mission to redefine KC’s streets as places to build a culture of active living.
 
Commitment to Diversity:
BikeWalkKC strives to reflect the diverse communities we serve, and as such we actively seek a wide ranging representation of Greater Kansas City’s ethnicity, gender, age, geography, income, and life experience. Prospective candidates who can expand the board’s diversity in any of these or other areas are highly encouraged.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,449,288
Projected Expenses $1,414,430
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$456,205$233,896$354,328
Government Contributions$529,112$524,540$159,742
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$529,112$524,540$159,742
Individual Contributions------
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$353,135$451,323$323,555
Investment Income, Net of Losses($252)$14$10
Membership Dues$24,192$24,201$6,010
Special Events($8,936)($11,155)($10,843)
Revenue In-Kind$41,349$26,778--
Other$283$7,031--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$903,095$651,235$389,068
Administration Expense$295,763$268,635$239,527
Fundraising Expense$108,752$79,495$107,508
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.231.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses69%65%53%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$699,106$627,043$375,759
Current Assets$621,726$565,045$335,120
Long-Term Liabilities$25,000$0$1,239
Current Liabilities$72,565$71,631$49,593
Total Net Assets$601,541$555,412$324,927
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.577.896.76
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets4%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMissouri Department of Transportation $303,963Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City $116,903Anonymous $306,344
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHealthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City $202,500Aetna Foundation $33,750Anonymous $116,558
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKansas Department of Transportation $167,079Edward G. and Kathryn E. Mader Foundation $25,000Anonymous $37,434
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
We have a diverse revenue stream from individuals, events, foundations, federal grants, fees for service, and foundation grants. Our biggest needs are 1) local match for federal grants and 2) unrestricted funds for capacity building and general operations.
 
Though founded in 2010, we operated under a fiscal sponsor until September 2013. Calendar/fiscal year 2014 is the first full year we reported independent financials. Prior years are available upon request.
Other Documents
Annual Report2017View
Strategic Plan 20202016View
Case Statement2016View
Policy Platform2015View
Organization Name BikeWalkKC
Address 1106 East 30th Street, Suite G
Kansas City, MO 64109
Primary Phone (816) 205-7056
Contact Email info@bikewalkkc.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Eric Rogers
Board Chair Mr. Doug Washington
Board Chair Company Affiliation TriCom Technical Services
Year of Incorporation 2010