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Eric Rogers
Bike Walk KC

Kansas City and its surrounding communities have been slow to accommodate bike riders and those who like to use their feet to get places. Before Bike Walk KC was formed earlier this year, Kansas City was the largest U.S. city without an advocacy group dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian education. Eric Rogers, Bike Walk KC's chairman, has tried to make up for lost time. He's a frequent sight at council and planning meetings throughout the metro, pushing for the infrastructure that cyclists and pedestrians need to get around safely. In August, Bike Walk KC's "Put Paint to Pavement" campaign encouraged citizens to write "Dear Mayor" postcards, in which they shared stories about how their lives would be improved by more bike lanes and crosswalks. In addition to political work, Bike Walk KC sponsors bike-education classes. The next session, on November 8, teaches riders how to keep their bikes in shape and perform minor repairs.

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