On Tuesday, August 1st, Topeka Metro will have a special celebration for the 5th Anniversary of the Kids Ride Free promotion that takes place annually May 15th to August 15th. Kids Ride Free offers youth ages 18 and under bus transportation on all fixed routes at no cost every summer to get where they need to go in the city. Staff will be at Quincy Street Station handing out goodies and educating parents and youth about the benefits of riding the bus.
Susan Duffy, Topeka Metro General Manager said, “We invite kids and families to join us at the station for some fun and prizes. We know our program ‘Kids Ride Free All Summer’ works. Approximately 38,000 rides have been taken each summer by our youth as they travel safely and reliably to summer school, grandma’s house, work, the mall and the pool.”
Also on Tuesday, August 1st, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., award-winning local artist Kristine A. Luber (also known as Kris Luber, Topeka Metro’s own Mobility and Outreach Specialist), will be on hand in the lobby of Quincy Street Station to celebrate art with a “Circle of Life” theme, creating art with the help of our passengers that will bedeck baskets on Topeka Metro Bikes.
A member of the Topeka Art Guild, Kris often exhibits her fabric art at galleries in Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City. She has taught art classes at the NOTO Community Art Center and helped create the RagaZagar mosaic murals. At Topeka Metro, she teaches people how to ride the bus.
The art project is partially funded through a TopArts Grant for public art from the City of Topeka and ArtsConnect.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority Quincy Street Station
WHAT: Kids Ride Free 5th Anniversary/Circle of Life Art Event