Annual Reports for 2012 - What has MoBikeFed done for YOU lately?

Thanks to your membership and support, 2012 has been one of the most productive years ever for the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation and for the Missouri Foundation for Bicycling and Walking.

Missouri delegation at the National Bike Summit
Missouri delegation at the National Bike Summit

Annual Reports

Our annual reports summarize what your membership and donations have been accomplishing this year:

Highlights from those reports are below.

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MoBikeFed Annual Report Highlights

  • $13.5 million Bike/Ped Priority Projects List continues implementation.
     
  • The number of Complete Streets Policies in Missouri continues to grow - 22 policies by the end of 2012, up from just three policies in 2007.  Over 1.2 million Missourians live in a city with a Complete Streets Policy; over 5 million residents of Missouri and adjoining states live a Metropolitan Planning Commission that has adopted a Complete Streets Policy.  The National Complete Streets Coalition again judged a number of Missouri policies as being among the very best in the nation.

  • Stopped another proposed bicycle ban - which morphed into a 'reflective vest' requirement later in the session, before much work by MoBikeFed, our allies and supporters finally killed the proposal.
     
  • Other major legislative progress on many fronts: Great Rivers Greenway/Arch parks & trails proposal gets the green light in Jeff City; Jackson County trails funding proposal gets the green light; municipal transportation funding proposals can now include sidewalks & trails; major bike/ped river bridge named after former MoBikeFed Chair Bob Watts; Bike Rack/license plate issue solved by clever legislative solution.
     
  • National & statewide bicycle touring routes make significant progress; Way of American Genius Bicycle Route (parelleling Hwy 36) created; work towards official adoption and signage of TransAmerica Trail (US Bicycle Route 76) nears completion.
     
  • Continued work towards "Bicycle Missouri – Same Roads – Same Rights" license plate - first 200 plates sold; design approved; first plates will be delivered in 2013.
     
  • Work on anti-harassment issues continues: Anti-harassment ordinance passed in St. Louis (thanks to the hard work of Trailnet); now four Missouri communities have passed the ordinances and anti-harassment is rising to the top of our statewide legislative agenda.
     
  • Statewide Trails Vision: Work to extend the Katy Trail into Kansas City continues; Eldon begins work on a trail along their section of the Rock Island line; discussion continues about a statewide trails plan and implementation; possibilities to extend the Katy Trail network and implement the massive Quad States Trails Plan continue.
     
  • The Bicycle Friendly Communities, Universities, and Businesses programs now has no fewer than 30 enrolled in Missouri.
     
  • Continued to work with national bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups for better, fairer funding for bicycling and walking in Congress.  Major victory early in the year as federal bike/ped funding is preserved, despite fierce and determined opposition by key national groups and Congressional leaders.
     

And much, much more:  

 

Missouri Foundation for Bicycling and Walking Annual Report Highlights

  • Continued the work of the Missouri Safe Routes to School Network, now in its second year. The Network brings together over 100 organizations, agencies, staff, elected officials, and individuals in the fields of health, education, transportation, planning, and advocacy.
     
  • Action 2020 Workshops– The Foundation was a partner, along with the Missouri Association of Councils of Government (MACOG), Advocacy Advance, the League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Biking and Walking, and local partners including MoDOT and the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission, to bring two Action 2020 Workshops to Missouri.  These workshops, presented to over 80 municipal, agency, and organization staff from across Missouri, taught participants how the new MAP-21 federal transportation funding works and how to maximize the potential of this funding.
     
  • Advocacy and Complete Streets Training Sessions: We partnered with Missouri Livable Streets and other key advocacy organizations across Missouri, including PedNet, Trailnet, BikeWalkKC, and KAMotion, to help develop a training session that gives community members like you the information, tools, techniques, and know-how to work for Complete Streets.
     
  • Promoted bicycling and walking and educated Missourians about bicycling, walking, trails, and safety through our web site, e-news, and regular media releases, with over 100,000 web site visits and over 100 earned media placements in 2011.
     
  • Continued to act as fiscal sponsor for BikeWalkKC, an important new advocacy group in Missouri’s second largest metropolitan area.  In 2010, Kansas City stood as possibly the largest U.S. city without an organized, effective bicycle/pedestrian advocacy group.  And it showed—Kansas City has recently been ranked as the worst city for bicycling of the 50 largest U.S. So it is imperative, not just for Kansas City itself, but for the health of the bicycling and walking movement in Missouri, to turn that situation around.  The BikeWalkKC project has been a tremendous amount of work on both sides, but also tremendously effective, as BikeWalkKC has developed as a major force on the state's bicycle and pedestrian advocacy scene in a very short period of time.
     
  • Bike Share: In 2012, the Foundation was able to act as fiscal sponsor for a $350,000 grant from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City to start Missouri’s first Bike Share program. Kansas City B Cycle has now completed its first successful season—and will be the first of several bike share programs in Missouri. 
  • Provided expertise and technical assistance for other bicycle & pedestrian organizations and groups across Missouri.
     
  • Provided assistance to groups, agencies, and officials across the state with bicycle and pedestrian-related planning and policy making.
     
  • Continued to follow national best practices by sending staff to Alliance for Biking and Walking training and leadership sessions.  These sessions ensure that our organization is as effective as possible, that it is run well, and that staff and board keep abreast of national best practices and maintain good communication with and learn from other similar organizations from across the country and the world.

And much more:

 

Your membership and generous financial support has helped our Vision become reality!

Thanks to you, the ambitious five-year Vision for Bicycling and Walking in Missouri we set in place back in 2008 has been fulfilled beyond our wildest dreams.

We are now in the process of re-visioning.

 

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