KC Walks!

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We are inspiring kids and parents to walk, roll and stroll across the Kansas City region throughout the month of October.

It's safe, healthy and fun!

Beyond individual safety, communities with more people walking and bicycling tend to have lower crash rates for all types of travel. One reason may be that motorists drive more cautiously when they expect to encounter walkers and bicyclists. More walkers and bicyclists can also improve personal security by providing more “eyes on the street".

Walking is an active form of transportation. These active trips to school help children incorporate regular physical activity into their day while also forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Regular physical activity helps children build strong bones, muscles and joints, and it decreases the risk of obesity.

And let's not forget ... walking and riding are fun!

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Walk & Roll to School Day

Step right up! National Walk & Roll to School Day is Wednesday, Oct. 12. Find events happening near you and resources to plan your own event at the National Center for Safe Routes to School website.

Find ways to to get out and walk

It’s October! The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are starting to change and pumpkins are popping up on porches around the Kansas City region. That means it’s also the perfect time to get out and walk, KC!

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Explore new places to walk in Johnson County

With multi-use paved as well as single-track trails located throughout Johnson County, you'll have a hard time picking your favorite! Use the Johnson County Trail guide to explore.

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Walk the Lenexa Fall-O-Ween Yard Tour

Wander through Lenexa to check out the residents and businesses that are decorated in fall or Halloween-themed flare. Residents and businesses must register by Friday, Oct. 14 to participate and the Tour runs from Oct. 21-31, 2022.

2022 KC Plogtober event

Clean while you walk and run for KC Plogtober

Litter on our trails makes its way to streams and rivers. Sign up for Plogtober Sunday on October 16 to earn points for picking up litter while you walk or run your favorite trails. Help your county earn the title of Top Plogger!

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Lenexa Coffee, Walk and Talk

Join Lenexa residents for a Tuesday morning walk on a different local trail each month. Walk approximately two miles at a leisurely pace. The group will share the coffee location with new participants when you arrive.

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Celebrate Walktober with Kansas City Parks and Recreation

Walk, ride or run a different trail every Sunday in October! Walktober makes the most of this great season by inviting participants on a tour of autumn’s most vibrant landscapes and inspiring everyone to make movement a priority!

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Hike Swope Park with a Naturalist

Spend your Saturday learning about plants and animals along the trail in Swope Park. The hikes are on Sept. 24, Oct. 8, and Oct. 22, and begin at Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., at 10 a.m.

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Become a Walking Detective

With The Walking Detective™ from KC Healthy Kids, kids can conduct walking audits to find clues and collect evidence to show how walkable their communities are. They can build a case report to show city officials what things are working well and what things need to be improved.

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Walk with a Doc or Just Walk

Walk with a Doc is a walking program for anyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. You’ll take a few minutes to learn about a current health topic from a healthcare professional, then spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk and a fun conversation.

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Regional Trails and Bikeways Map

MARC’s Trails and Bikeways Map is a regional effort to map more than 2,000 miles of trails and bikeways across the Kansas City region.

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Are you ready to green commute?

Challenge yourself and your coworkers to bike, walk, carpool, ride the bus or streetcar or vanpool to work this fall with RideshareKC's Green Commute Challenge.

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Walk with Ease

The Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease program is a FREE exercise program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. This FREE program will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday for six weeks starting on Sept. 19, 2022.