About eric

Eric Bunch is a City Council candidate for the 4th district in-district seat. Eric is an energetic community advocate, ready and willing to take on the challenge of keeping Kansas City the most livable place in America while adapting to its growth as a highly desirable world class city.

As the co-founder and policy director of BikeWalkKC, he has spent the last 10 years working to improve public transportation, quality of life, and access to jobs. He is a highly diplomatic leader with extensive experience in grassroots engagement, coalition building, public policy, and government relations.

A graduate of William Jewell College, Eric and his wife Kaitlyn are raising their 5 year old son and twin 2 year old daughters in their 114 year old Midtown home. 

Eric organized a group of stakeholders and citizens to report on KCMO’s poor sidewalk conditions. This led to $150 million for sidewalks.

Eric organized a group of stakeholders and citizens to report on KCMO’s poor sidewalk conditions. This led to $150 million for sidewalks.

Building Diverse Coalitions

Developing strong cross-sector partnerships has been key to Eric’s success as a community advocate. This proved successful when Eric led a campaign for a complete overhaul of KCMO’s sidewalk policy. Eric and his colleagues brought together over a dozen neighborhood leaders, non-profit organizations, and business owners not traditionally included in discussions on transportation.

Eric’s leadership led to:

  • $150 million set aside for sidewalks

  • Homeowners no longer responsible for cost of sidewalks

  • A framework for future sidewalk policy

Bike to School Day at Whittier Elementary is one of the many programs of BikeWalkKC that aims to introduce children and their families to new opportunities for healthy lifestyles.

Bike to School Day at Whittier Elementary is one of the many programs of BikeWalkKC that aims to introduce children and their families to new opportunities for healthy lifestyles.

Growing An Effective Organization

Eric co-founded BikeWalkKC in 2011 with a little bit of seed money from a national foundation and a whole lot of ambition. Over the ensuing eight years BikeWalkKC has grown into an effective, outcomes-oriented organization in which every team member feels empowered to lead. The culture is collaborative both internally and externally. And the mission is supported by a robust strategic plan, talented people, and an ambitious development strategy.

Eric’s Leadership Led BikeWalkkc to:

  • $1.6 million annual operating budget

  • 15 full-time employees; 20 part-time

  • Numerous advocacy wins