Plus, KC Superman chooses a successor.
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🚲 Bike every day — that’s re-cycling
Picture of bike wheel and Western Auto building.
If you’ve only seen KC from behind a windshield, you haven’t really seen it. | Photo by @KCESCAPADES
To keep the wheels spinning on National Bike Month, we rounded up some off the chain resources for KC cyclists — bike trails, maps, civic info, and a couple spots to hit the handbrake and fuel up your bike’s engine (by which we mean, you).

Biking trails

  • The Longview Bike Trail begins at Shelter 14 in Longview Lake Park, winds along the lakefront, and ends at Shelter 9 in O’Donnell Park. Don’t have a bike? Rent one when you get there.
  • Blue River Parkway Mountain Bike Trails include 20+ miles of varying difficulty. Trail segments can be found generally between Bannister Road south to Blue Ridge Boulevard.
  • Swope Park Mountain Bike Trail currently has around 10 miles of trails set up in a stacked loop fashion. The trails range from flowy to extremely rocky and fairly technical.

Map it out

Looking to plan your own route — or your commute for Bike to Work Week (today-Sunday, May 19)?

The Mid-America Regional Council keeps a handy dandy map of regional bikeways, which keeps track of everything from separated lanes to mountain bike trails.

KC bikeability

Most metro cyclists will know that we’re still very much a car city. In fact, Walk Score ranked KCMO at 35 out of 100 on its bikeability meter, and KCK ranked 28.

But it’s not all doom and gloom: bikeability is one of the core pillars of Greenline KC, a proposed 10-mile trail loop around greater downtown.

Cycling hangouts

Spokes Café | Various locations | With cafes in downtown and Midtown, this breakfast + lunch spot is the perfect first stop on your commute.

Velo Garage and Taphouse | 1403 Swift St., North Kansas City, MO | The taproom and attached bike shop hosts cycling events like the Thirstday Night Ride.

River Bluff Brewing | 201 Main St., Ste. 101, KCMO | Not technically a biker brewery, but River Bluff is right next door to Cycle City and a quick jaunt from the Riverfront Heritage Trail.
What kind of cycling do you do around KC?

A. Around the block
B. To and from work
C. On the roughest terrain I can find
D. I prefer four wheels, thanks
Monday, May 13
  • R.A.W. Adult Storytelling | Monday, May 13 | 6-8 p.m. | THE BLACK BOX, 1060 Union Ave., KCMO | Free | Share your seven-minute story on stage (or be a welcome listener) at this event for authentic, relaxed, and wily truth telling.
Tuesday, May 14
  • Tunesday | Tuesday, May 14 | 5 p.m. | Boulevard Tours & Rec Center, 2534 Madison Ave., KCMO | Free | Get prepped for Boulevardia with a live broadcast of 90.9 The Bridge’s Eight One Sixty, a live set by Back Alley Brass Band, and enter to win free fest tickets.
  • The Cartoons of Max Fleischer | Tuesday, May 14 | 7-9 p.m. | Stray Cat Film Center, 1662 Broadway Blvd., KCMO | The “Animation Club” series starts off with new high definition restorations of all-time classics including Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor, and Superman.
Wednesday, May 15
  • Garment District Grooves | Wednesday, May 15 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Garment District Place, W. 8th St. & Broadway Blvd., KCMO | Free | Stop by the food truck and settle in for a lunch listening to live bands in this quaint downtown park.
Thursday, May 16
  • An Evening of Jazz History | Thursday, May 16 | 6-8 p.m. | Ambassador Hotel Kansas City, Autograph Collection, 1111 Grand Blvd., KCMO | $36 | Chuck Haddix, host of KCUR’s The Fish Fry, talks with Larry Tye about his new book, The Jazz Men.
  • Winnipeg Goldeyes vs. Kansas City Monarchs | Thursday, May 16-Friday, May 17 | 6:35 p.m. | Legends Field, 1800 Village West Pkwy., KCK | $15 | The first 1,500 fans at this home opener get a free Monarchs hat.
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News Notes
  • You may have noticed the sky looking a little different on Friday night — at least if you were far enough out. The aurora borealis was visible across Missouri and Kansas. See the pics, then send us yours. (KCTV5)
Kansas Citian
  • KC Superman, the local marathon runner made metro-famous by appearing in a superhero getup, is retiring once and for all — but not without naming his successor. Jewell Sol, who has been a fan of KC Superman since was six years old, will be the next to don the cape. (Kansas City Star)
  • Officials in Olathe cut the ribbon on a new $28 million police station, which began construction in 2022. Training facilities are planned to go up nearby in order to help recruit new officers. (FOX4)
  • A long-awaited, $2.8 million road diet will bring Nall Avenue from four lanes down to three between 67th and 75th streets. Lane reductions are a relatively low-cost safety solution, reducing crashes by up to 47% while leaving space for street parking and bike lanes. (Johnson County Post)
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✨ You can’t spell “celebrate” without “celeb”
Sheryl Crow slides on her knees while playing an acoustic guitar on stage. Spectators watch and record behind her.
Sheryl Crow takes the stage at Big Slick for her second year in a row. | Photo via Big Slick
We’re counting our lucky stars — namely, the stars taking the stage at this year’s Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, Friday, May 31-Saturday, June 1.

Tickets to the Celebrity Softball Game at the K + the Big Slick Party & Show at T-Mobile Center are on sale. To sweeten the deal, the annual Children’s Mercy fundraiser released its first round of celebrity guests: Sheryl Crow will take the stage again this year, plus Sean Evans, George Wendt, Fortune Feimster, Robert Smigel, and Jeff Ross.

This is in addition to recurring Big Slick hosts Jason Sudeikis, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Heidi Gardner, Rob Riggle, and David Koechner.

Keep up with new guests announced every day on socials.
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Apple pie made easy. We’re celebrating National Apple Pie Day by warming up some of this Apple Pie Jam from Adams Apple Co. with a little bit of ice cream.
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From the editor
Had a hard time spotting the weekend’s northern lights? The cause is probably light pollution — luckily, DarkSky Missouri has tips that help reduce interference caused by artificial lights in the metro for good.
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