Bicycle Friendly Communities: St Joseph Hon Mention - Kansas City & Lee's Summit Bronze - over 1.4 million Missourians now live in a BFC

Last week the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community awards.

Missouri highlights:

  • St. Joseph - Honorable Mention (new Missouri community in the BFC program)
  • Lee's Summit - Bronze (continuing city; previous level: Bronze)
  • Kansas City - Bronze (continuing city; previous level: Bronze)

The League's report cards for each city, below, give a good summary of where each city stands in comparison with other similar cities across the U.S. and what each city needs to do to move up to the next level.

Bicycle Friendly Communities in Missouri - current status


Currently Missouri has 10 communities in the Bicycle Friendly Communities program, including 1 at Silver level, 6 Bronze, and 3 Honorable Mention.

1.4 million Missourians live in a community recognized under the Bicycle Friendly Communities program.

This compares with 0 communities and 0 Missourians in the BFC program in 2008.

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Two major Rock Island Trail announcements: 47 miles open by end of December; Belle to build first mile of Windsor-Washington RIT

The Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc (MoRIT) made two major announcements about the Rock Island Trail over the weekend:

First section of Windsor-Washington Rock Island Trail to be built in Belle

Missouri Rock Island Trail made a major announcement Saturday about trail construction in Belle:

Belle has secured a Recreational Trails Program grant to fund construction of more than a mile of trail through its center city, then west to its city park. The trail at Belle will be the first segment built on the 144 mile corridor that runs from Windsor to Beaufort, MO, near Union. It will be constructed this winter by special agreement with Ameren, the corridor owner. Ameren will donate the 144 mile corridor to the State of Missouri in late 2017 when the two-year salvage process is completed.

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"Yes On 1" Nov 8th: Support renewal of the statewide Parks, Soils, & Water Tax supporting parks & trails across MO

One of the most important initiatives up for a vote in Missouri Tuesday involves an issue that is important to everyone in Missouri who walks, hikes, bicycles, or enjoys the outdoors: Amendment 1, to renew the existing tax that supports Missouri's State Parks, soils, and water.

Half of the tax goes to support our state parks, including the Katy Trail, the Rock Island Trail, and over 1000 miles of trails in state parks in every part of Missouri.

The other half goes to soil and water preservation measure that are important to everyone who enjoys the Missouri outdoors--and to our state's farmers and agricultural lands.

This tax provides the primary form of support for our state parks and trails operated by Missouri State Parks like the Katy and Rock Island. If this funding vanishes, our state parks and trails will be in real trouble.

This tax has been in place since 1983 years and is a 1/10 percent sales tax--or 1 cent on every $10 purchase you make.  The tax must be renewed every 10 years.

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