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Residents in rural communities of Missouri have noticeably lower access
In 2016, bicycling, walking, parks, and trails are moving forward in Missouri in a way they never have before--a vast improvement from the 5, 10, and 20 years ago.But the improvements we see across Missouri are not yet universal.  We see many parts of the state where the relatively new movement for vibrant, liveable, walkable, bicycleable... (read more)
Capitol Day in Jefferson City is April 11th - please join us!
We are just in the third week of Missouri's 2016 Capitol Day in Jefferson City is April 11th - please join us! legislative session, and already we have seen a number of bills introduced that are important to people in Missouri who walk, bicycle, and use trails.On the negative side, we are seeing proposals to:Require bicyclists to use a 15-foot... (read more)
Nationwide bicycle roll-on access on Amtrak got a big boost
Back in March 2015, we asked you to contact members of the House to ask for their support for bicycle roll-on on Amtrak rail cars.  In July we reported that similar language had been adopted in the Senate. Nationwide bicycle roll-on access on Amtrak got a big boost with passage of the FAST Act in December 2015 But of course, neither of those... (read more)
Several major advances in the statewide Rock Island Trail in 2015
2015 was a banner year for bicycling, walking, and trails across Missouri, as communities, agencies, elected officials, committed individuals and groups worked hard to make Missouri a better, safer place to walk and bicycle.Let's look at some of the highlights of 2015: Missourians who walk and bicycle have a voice at the Capitol in Jefferson City (read more)
Last week, the House and Senate passed final version of the FAST Act, which authorizes $305 billion in federal transportation spending and sets federal transportation policy for the next five years. President Obama signed the bill into law yesterday. Improving federal policy and funding for the benefit of people who walk and bicycle is one of our... (read more)
Anti-harassment policies are a top priority of MoBikeFed membership
Recently the City of Wildwood passed a comprehensive new anti-harassment policy protecting people who walk, bicycle, ride horses, use wheelchairs, and drive on the city's streets, sidewalks, trails, and other public spaces. Anti-harassment policies are a top priority of MoBikeFed membershipWildwood becomes the eighth Missouri city to pass an anti-... (read more)
The League of American Bicyclists visited three Missouri communities last week
The League of American Bicyclists conducted site visits to Columbia and Jefferson City last week as part of its Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) program. A similar visit to Springfield is planned for later this week. Trek Bicycles sponsored the site visits in an effort to promote bicycling all over the nation. Columbia is a Silver Level BFC,... (read more)
Vehicular cyclists
Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of posting a series of articles here that summarize the League of American Bicyclists Traffic Skills 101 curriculum.  As a League Certified Instructor (LCI #4661), I am passionate about helping cyclists develop the skills necessary to become vehicular bicyclists and use bicycles as their primary means... (read more)
Visiting Missouri members of Congress in Washington, DC.
As we reported Monday, the 6-year federal transportation bill has now passed the House, and the three anti-bike/ped/trails amendments were defeated.  The federal bill represents many billions of dollars of funding for transportation across the U.S.--about a billion dollars a year just for Missouri. Visiting Missouri members of Congress in... (read more)
Visiting Missouri members of Congress in Washington, DC.
Success! The 6-year transportation bill has now passed the House, and the three anti-bike/ped/trails amendments were defeated. Huge thanks to everyone who took the time to contact your member of Congress. Visiting Missouri members of Congress in Washington, DC.Kevin Mills of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy summed up what happened with the six-year... (read more)
Federal transportation funding is the most important single source of funding fo
After years of preparation and delay, the U.S. House of Representatives is finally ready to pass a 6-year federal transportation package.  This federal transportation reauthorization is the most important bill that sets setting transportation policy and funding priorities for the United States. Federal transportation funding is the most... (read more)
The Ozark National Scenic Riverways includes parts of the Current and Jack's For
Missouri's Ozark National Scenic Riverways is currently preparing a road and trail study that will, for the first time on the Scenic Riverways' history, allow mountain biking within the areas' boundaries.This is a historic opportunity to create a major mountain biking resource in one of the most scenic areas of Missouri--and Missouri's closest... (read more)
Main Street in O'Fallon. Would you want to visit or walk here?
Recently, the city of O'Fallon decided to take some major steps to upgrade its main street--making it friendlier for walking, bicycling, businesses, visitors, and motorists via a so-called "Road Diet". Things got ugly when St. Charles County stepped in with a $2.5 million threat if the city implements the project. Now St Louis regional advocacy... (read more)
The trail segment announced today (orange)
Today Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, the KCATA, and other local partners announced a historic partnership designed to fund acquisition of the final piece of a statewide trail system that has been decades in the works: The 17.7-mile section of the Rock Island Trail that brings the trail into the heart of the Kansas City metro area. The... (read more)
Cycling can take many shapes and forms.  Today we look at special situations that come with a unique set of considerations.  These include group rides, riding on multi-use trails and sharing the road with other users. Group RidesGroup rides can be one of cycling’s great joys.  There’s nothing like sharing the road with a bunch... (read more)