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BikeWalkMHK, the City of Manhattan and the Flint Hills MPO work together to create a “Fix-It” fund to offer free bicycle repairs to low-income Manhattan residents so that they have transportation to testing sites and other critical public services related to the pandemic. The group also plans to post signage and maps around the Little Apple loop trail with information on pandemic resources.

“Equitable and inclusive access to critical services in Manhattan, KS is a real challenge and is compounded during the pandemic. This intervention gives community members information and resources to engage in active and public transportation differently”

– Brandon Kliewer, Facilitator

More Community Action Plans

Here’s what else is new in grassroots efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kansas.

  • Herington Hearts & Leadership Dickinson County: Provide PPE and hand sanitizer to low income and rural communities in Dickinson County.
  • Colors 4 Kidz-TC Project NBC Community Development Corporation: Create activity bags for elementary school-age children in Kansas City to have healthy activities that keep kids safe and socially distanced.
  • Leadership Reno County: To give the Hutchinson homeless population a place to safely quarantine, this group will engage with local and state officials to keep non-congregant shelters open.
  • Gina Dalton Gang: Distribute free vitamins to Abilene residents along with messaging around healthy ways to boost your immune system.
  • Martinelli’s Little Italy: Create a spirit of community and a slice of normalcy with all the uncertainty by providing Salina residents access to food in safe ways.
  • Heartland RHEC: Develop a hashtag campaign with an informational video on ways to safely gather with friends and family in the Kansas City metro.

By the Numbers

Action Plans Created: 340
Action Plans Pending: 753

Kansas Beats the Virus is a partnership between the Kansas Leadership Center and the State of Kansas to activate KLC’s statewide network to generate local solutions that slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the effort is to spark hundreds of small group meetings before the end of 2020.

Learn more about Kansas Beats the Virus and other action plans groups are developing.

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