B-cycle fundraising targets Midtown neighborhoods, districts

Kansas City bicycle rental fundraising mapKansas City C-cycle – those bikes you see in downtown Kansas City – has launched a rental bicycle fundraising campaign to expand into Midtown. 

B-cycle has turned to the KC-based civic crowdfunding site Neighbor.ly to collect donations for a major expansion in spring 2014.

Specific campaigns to place bike rental and dropoff stations near Midtown include the South Plaza, Plaza, museum area, Westport, Union Hill, University and Hospital Hill zones. Other campaigns include the west side, southtown and jazz district.

“The two-season-old public bike system will add at least eight new stations in the Plaza and Westport districts and hopes to add at least 8 more in surrounding neighborhoods, bringing the benefits of bike share to new areas of the city. B-cycle, which is operated by the local bicycle & pedestrian advocacy group BikeWalkKC, is turning to the public, as well as local businesses and institutions, to help it reach its goal as its 2014 season opens,” B-cycle says

Kansas City bicycle rental fundraising mapRental bicycle fundraising campaign so far

So far, B-cycle says its already secured funding for four stations in the Plaza, and the Plaza zone has reached  83 percent of its goal.

The group believes its Westport zone will become one of the busiest neighborhoods in Kansas City, with B-cycle stations  positioned to provide service to restaurants and bars in the area and to residents in the surrounding historic neighborhoods. The zone has raised 40 percent of its goal.

The Museum Zone includes major institutions east of the Plaza. Stations would serve the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Kauffman Foundation and Discovery Center. B-cycle says it has received funding from the Kauffman Foundation and the Nelson-Atkins for two of four planned stations, and so far the Museum Zone has raised 50 percent of its goal on Neighbor.ly.

Currently Kansas City B-cycle’s network is 90 bikes across 12 stations stretching from River Market to Crown Center.

The campaign will run on Neighbor.ly until early March.


Kansas City B-cycle 

Neighbor.ly campaign


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