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East High School Bicycle Club helping students find, get to new opportunities

East High School Bicycle Club helping students find, get to new opportunities

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s East High School students are getting a chance to find and safely travel to all sorts of new opportunities…

Friday, Apr 22

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s East High School students are getting a chance to find and safely travel to all sorts of new opportunities thanks to free bikes, locks, helmets, and transportation education through the club.

The Club started in 2016, when Faculty Sponsor Andrew Killen was riding his bike to school a lot and administrators noticed. He was encouraged to start the club to help students get on bikes, thinking there would only be a handful who were interested.

Before the pandemic, Killen says there were rides with 30 students with nearly double that many involved in the club.

“I didn’t realize how many kids want to get out and do things in the city,” Killen said.

The Club provides bikes, locks, and helmets to students who sign up, giving them donated equipment from organizations like BikeWalkKC , Children’s Mercy Hospital , and private donations. In a part of town where many students might not have the means to buy that kind of equipment, those donations go a long way.

“When we look at our school population, we know that they don’t have the financial means for everybody to have a car for the kids, so we know that if we can get them on a bicycle, their opportunities increase,” Killen said.

Opportunities for fun, school, and work.But that also means learning how to navigate bike infrastructure, city streets, and using public transit to expand how far they can pedal. Thursday’s ride took the group to KCATA, where they were able to practice […]

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