Phone: 816 326-7924
Kenneth Walker is an avid cyclist from Kansas City, Missouri who is working to promote cycling to youth in the urban core of our communities. As the founder of the Urban Kansas City Community of Cycling, Kenneth gives large amounts of his time, talent, and abilities to “bringing into the light” the advantages of cycling within the African-American and urban community always emphasizing the importance of staying fit and exercising and providing himself as an example for others to follow.
“Kansas City has one of the highest rates of obesity in the nation, and a huge proportion of that is represented in the African-American community. I saw first-hand how our youth were getting bigger and bigger at younger ages and began thinking about a way to give my community some options.”
Kenneth’s mission to spread the news about the benefits of cycling has reached hundreds of other cyclists, as well as those who support his attempts to enlighten the community. One such supporter of his agenda is the Kansas City Mayor’s Office, that has graciously extended to him an invitation to serve on the city’s first ever Bicycle/Ped Advisory Committee. He also has recently been selected to serve as the Missouri State Ambassador by the League of American Bicyclists.
“I really want our urban youth to have options besides the conventional sports that they are always offered. All they need is to have someone to educate and support them. I am going to do whatever I can do to get more urban youth and minorities on bikes!”
Kenneth, and his wife Alyce, have three boys and one girl. His 18-year-old son, Christian, the youngest, also races, and is proving to follow in the footsteps of his father. In 2008, he became the Jr. Missouri State Road Race Champion. His first win was the Tour of Kansas City bike race in August, 2005, where he made history as the first African-American in its 45-year history to win that race. Like father, like son as Kenneth was awarded by Road Bike Action Magazine with a $10,000 racing sponsorship in 2008.
Kenneth hopes that a love for cycling will take root in his community--as well as within the nation--because he knows the possibilities are endless if the urban and minority community were to come together and make their numbers known.
“Besides my rides, I can’t recollect a time when I have ever seen a group of African-Americans riding bicycles together in my city. But, when I have a group of kids with me and we ride 10 or 12 strong, it’s absolutely amazing! One day, our rides will number into the hundreds . . .”
Kenneth enjoys speaking on the promotion of cycling to youth and adult minorities in urban communities for the benefits of health, fitness, and youth development.
Contact info- Urban Kansas City Community of Cycling
c/o Kenneth Walker
Kansas City, MO 64130 USA
816 326-7924 office/home
816 446-0741 cell