Join District I Council Member LaVonta Williams and Bike Walk Wichita on Monday evening at a bike-giveaway event designed to encourage more biking, walking and community unity in northeast Wichita. The event runs from 5 - 6 p.m. at Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center, 2755 E. 19th Street North.
About 25 bikes and helmets will be distributed to youth. Participants can also watch a live bike art demo, share ideas for improving area neighborhoods and pick up information about other local fall events such as Walktober, an annual fall community walk.
At 6 p.m., bike riders will depart on a ride through surrounding neighborhoods. One team of riders is the local chapter of a national organization called "Black Girls Do Bike," an advocacy, education and volunteer group championing the joys of cycling to all women, especially black women and girls. There is also a walk event that will start at 6 p.m.
"The event is a great opportunity to grow the number of people who bike and walk and to connect with others riding and walking," said Council Member Williams, noting the hills, green spaces and landscaping in the district. "There are so many wonderful paths, outdoor spaces and neighborhoods to explore in northeast Wichita."
Monday's event supports ongoing local efforts to grow biking and walking in Wichita. Bike Walk Wichita, a nonprofit charitable organization established in 2010, promotes safe and active local transportation as well as education efforts for biking, running, and walking.
"I'm excited to be a part of Wichita's biking and walking efforts that encourage and help more residents get outside," said Kim Neufeld, a board member with Bike Walk Wichita.
For more information about Monday's event or local efforts supporting walking and biking, please contact Neufeld at (316) 616-7742