Capitol Day: Cyclists, politicians ride to promote trail expansion | News-Tribune

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Activists, enthusiasts and politicians gathered Monday in the Governor's Garden for Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Day at the Missouri Capitol to promote the expansion of bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly roadways and nature trails, among other issues.

The lobby event is a cooperative effort between Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, Missouri State Parks, the Missouri Department of Transportation and participating state legislators. About 20 people, including three legislators, set off from the Governor's Garden, rode across a pedestrian pathway on the Missouri River Bridge, and onto the Katy Trail.

City Cycling Tours provided spare bikes for people who wanted to participate. Proprietor Chris Gerli said events like this made the Missouri River Pedestrian/Bike Bridge possible.

Federation Executive Director Brent Hugh said the group lobbied legislators in support of state Sen. Dave Schatz's Senate Bill 1050 to allow for more Road Bond and Special Road and Bridge Fund money to be put toward bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly projects like expanding municipal bike lane networks. Hugh said Jefferson City's bike lane network is a model for other cities that would like to develop a similar system, but there is still progress to be made in connecting the entire city.

MoBikeFed comment: The ride and other activities were part of our 12th annual Bicycle, Pedestrian, & Trails Day at the Capitol in Jefferson City.

A h-u-g-e thank you goes to everyone who traveled to Jefferson City to attend Capitol Day, and also to our wonderful volunteers who made Capitol Day possible.

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