Capitol Day: -Advocates hope path for Rock Island Trail expansion is not blocked by legislation | Jefferson City News-Tribune

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The advocacy efforts of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation's Capitol Day on Monday centered around four issues — the foremost was support for an anticipated expansion of the Rock Island Trail, likely threatened by a bill to limit acquisition of land for state parks.

"It's an amazing investment in rural communities we don't want to miss," the federation's Executive Director Brent Hugh said of the trail's expansion.

The federation is the only statewide advocacy organization that works on behalf of the state's 2 million bicyclists and 6 million walkers, according to its website.

Hugh said the trail expansion in the corridor of the former Rock Island Railroad is a multi-million-dollar gift Missouri can get for free, "if the state will take it."

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