Capitol Day April 13th: Missouri transportation funding proposal leaves out bicycling & walking; we need you!

Our annual Bicycle & Pedestrian Day at the Capitol and Legislators Bike Ride is Monday, April 13th.

Will you join us April 13th?  Register here.

The Missouri Senate is working on another transportation funding plan--and this time it includes no funding for biking and walking.  March 18th week I testified at the hearing for the bill, SB 540--and it wasn't very pleasant.

We have a whole new crop of legislators in Jefferson City--and they need an army of regular folks LIKE YOU to explain to them how important bicycling and walking is to our communities--and to you.

Will you join us April 13th in Jefferson City to do help take that message to the Capitol?

It's easy and fun. It can be as easy as taking a bike ride with a legislator, or a walk, or having a chat--to tell them how important bicycling and walking is in your life and in your community.

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Cycling Clothing and Gear for Safety and Comfort

It may not seem like a big thing, but the way you dress and the gear you tote along when you go for a ride can make a huge difference in terms of your comfort and safety.  This doesn’t mean you have to suit up like a professional racer, although there’s certainly nothing wrong with doing so if that’s your thing.  When it comes to what you wear and carry, one size doesn’t fit all.  Let’s have a look at the primary considerations when it comes to cycling clothing and gear.

The right clothing will help you ride more comfortably and safely.

 

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Federal, State and Local Organizations Join Forces to Assess Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety in Kansas City Friday

Bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation and BikeWalkKC are joining forces with an array of agencies, organizations, and officials from the neighborhood level through city, state, and federal level to assess bicycle, pedestrian, and transit safety of a street in Kansas City.

The safety assessment, to be held Friday, March 27th, is part of a major coordinated national effort called "Safer People, Safer Streets" that is organized under the direction of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

Similar safety assessments are being held in communities large and small nationwide, in all fifty states.  All assessment reports are forwarded directly to Secretary Foxx for his review. 

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Six Missouri cities--from large to small--join the national Mayors Challenge for safe biking, walking

How many Missouri cities have joined US Department of Transportation Secretary Foxx's Mayors Challenge for Safer Streets for bicycling and walking?  And can your city still join the Challenge?

Six Missouri cities have already joined the Challenge--a nice mix of large cities, suburbs, and smaller rural cities.  Here is the list:

  • Kansas City
  • Columbia
  • St. Louis
  • Lee’s Summit
  • Wildwood
  • Warsaw

And yes--cities can still join the Challenge, and are encouraged to do so.  Send your Mayor, city council members, or interested city staff to the USDOT Mayor's Challenge Page, which has all the information they will need and a link to the sign-up form:

  https://www.transportation.gov/content/join-challenge
 

What is the Mayors Challenge?

Secretary Foxx's Mayor's Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets

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'Interested but concerned' bicyclists: What keeps them from biking more? What will it take to get them on a bike?

Major new national study sheds light on the large group of Americans who want to bike more, but don't.  What's holding them back?  What can we do to get them on their bikes?  The answers might surprise you . . .

by Michael Anderson, PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project


Photo: Christopher Porter.

For 10 years, urban policymakers have been talking more and more about the so-called "interested but concerned" — people who would like to bike more but who are, for some reason, held back.

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ALERT: Contact Congress Wed & Thurs; MO delegation in DC to ask Congress to support biking and walking!

A delegation of 10 Missourians, representing bicycle, pedestrian, and trails groups from across the state, is meeting with Missouri members of Congress Wednesday and Thursday to ask them to support bicycling and walking.

Can you help us out by contacting your own members of Congress--a quick and easy phone call or online message makes a HUGE difference!

How to contact your members of Congress and ask for their support for biking and walking

  • Sample message:

Dear [Senator/Congressman X],

Members of the Missouri Delegation to the National Bike Summit will be visiting your office next week.  I hope you will listen to and support their message for better, safer bicycling and walking across Missouri and the U.S.

[Tell a little about why bicycling and/or walking is important to you, a short personal story why it is important in your life, why it is important to your family or community.]

Please support bicycling and walking in Missouri in these ways:

 * Support continued funding for bicycling and walking as part of a multi-modal transportation program, when TEA-21 comes up for renewal

 * Co-sponsor the Vision Zero Act, to dramatically cut the number of deaths and injuries on our roads [HOUSE MEMBERS ONLY]

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How many Americans bicycle? The most definitive result yet

How many Americans bicycle?  For years we have been saying that about 1/3 of Americans--and 1/3 of Missourians--bicycle in any given year.  A rigorous new study by People for Bikes validates that number and gives a number of fascinating insights into why people bicycle--and also why Americans don't bicycle more.

The study indicates that 103.7 million Americans--and 2.2 million Missourians--bicycle each year. 

The amount of Americans who bicycle (34%) is roughly comparable with the amount who run or jog (40%) or use public transportation (40%). 

In the Midwest, bicycling is more popular than both running and public transportation--36% participate in bicycling vs 34% running and 34% public transportation.

People for Bikes summarized the research:

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Advocacy Result: U.S. House votes to support bicycle roll-on on Amtrak

Yesterday the Lipinski Amendment in support of bicycle roll-on on Amtrak trains nationwide passed a vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming voice vote.

Not only did the amendment pass the full House, but the bicycle roll-on issue made very important progress by gaining the support of Chairman Shuster, sponsor of the overall Amtrak funding bill. 

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL--sponsor of the roll-on amendment), Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR--co-chair of the House Bicycle Caucus) spoke in favor of the amendment on the House floor.

It is very important to have bi-partisan support for our issues in the House, but it is also particularly important to have the support of the bill's sponsors--because they will be the primary voices when the bill goes to Conference Committee.  Shuster's support could very well make the difference in whether the roll-on provision survives in Conference Committee with the Senate.

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National Bike Summit 2015: Three things we're asking for in Washingon DC this year

Every March, MoBikeFed, our allied bicycle and pedestrian organizations from across Missouri, and individual bicycle and pedestrian advocates from across Missouri go to Washington, DC, for the National Bike Summit.  We spend a couple of days meeting with other advocates from around the country and sharing ideas and best practices.

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Adventure Cycling's Bicycle Route 66 route unveiled--2493 miles through Missouri and 7 other states

We are very pleased to join the Adventure Cycling Association today in officially announcing a new cross-country bicycle route--Bicycle Route 66.

The 2,493-mile route through eight states has been in the works for several years.  MoBikeFed has worked closely with the Adventure Cycling Association, MoDOT, and local communities along the route to help create the best possible bicycle route across Missouri for Bicycle Route 66.

And the route across Missouri IS beautiful--just over 330 miles that takes you from the Chain of Rocks Bridge in St Louis to Route 66 State Park in Eureka, through Pacific, Cuba, Rolla, Lebanon, Springfield, and Joplin.

The new Bicycle Route 66 intersects with several of the six other cross-state bicycle Routes in Missouri--including the TransAmerica Trail, Great Rivers Bicycle Route, and the Mississippi River Trail.

in addition there is a three-way cross-country bicycle route intersection near Springfield: Route 66 and the TransAmerica Trail meet with USBR 51 (from New Orleans and Shreveport).

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