Missouri House & Senate put 10-cent fuel tax increase on the ballot - How will this affect people who walk, bicycle, use public transit?

By a vote of 88/60 the Missouri House has passed HB 1460, putting a 10 cent fuel tax increase on the ballot for a vote of the people.

The Senate passed the same measure yesterday by a 24/8 vote.

This puts the 10 cent fuel tax increase before Missouri voters later this year--most likely in November.

Ballot language

Shall Missouri law be amended to fund Missouri state law enforcement by increasing the motor fuel tax by two and one half cents per gallon annually for four years beginning July 1, 2019, exempt Special Olympic, Paralympic, and Olympic prizes from state taxes, and to establish the Emergency State Freight Bottleneck Fund?

If passed, this measure will generate at least $288 million annually to the State Road Fund to provide for the funding of Missouri state law enforcement and $123 million annually to local governments for road construction and maintenance.

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Last day of 2018 Missouri Legislative Session: No bad bills, progress on Rock Island Trail, distracted driving, transportation funding - important issues decided today!

The 2018 Missouri legislative session ends Friday at 6:00pm.

What is happening on issues we have been working on this year? What effect have our advocacy work, messages and phone calls, visits to Jefferson City for Capitol Day, and all the rest had?

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Diverse Coalition--including MoBikeFed, League, many bike/ped organizations across the U.S.--asks Senate to hit pause on Driverless Car Bill until NTSB completes critical Uber, Tesla crash investigations

Leading state and national stakeholders representing safety, public health, bicyclists, pedestrians, smart growth, consumer and environmental organizations, law enforcement and first responders, disability communities, and individuals affected by motor vehicle crashes asked the U.S. Senate to back off plans to move the AV START Act (S. 1885) that could set driverless car policy for decades to come until the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) completes important investigations into recent crashes involving automated driving systems that have killed at least two people – including a pedestrian walking a bicycle.  NTSB’s expert analysis of the recent crashes and the agency’s subsequent recommendations will likely have a direct bearing on issues included in the AV START Act.

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Volunteer to help with bike fitting & safety rodeo at Kansas City Health & Wellness Fair

Volunteer to help with the bike fitting and bike safety rodeo at the 2018 Kansas City Health and Wellness Fair.

The Kansas City Health and Wellness Fair is Saturday, May 12th, 11am-3pm, at the Urban Neighborhood Academy,  1619 E 24th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108.

The Health and Wellness Fair generally has over 1000 in attendance and gives away about 150 bikes to children.

Missouri Bicycle  & Pedestrian Federation volunteers will help with bike fitting and run a bicycle safety rodeo with a few simple stations. This is a great opportunity to get a good number of Kansas City youth on bicycles and with some good safety tips to get them started.

None of the volunteer jobs is hard, but they are IMPORTANT and we need your help.

Schedule:

  • Setup & Volunteer orientation: 10am-11am
  • Fair: 11am-3pm
  • Teardown/pack up: 3-3:30pm
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Missouri Life releases first-ever Missouri Trails Guide - now available online

Missouri Life magazine has released its first-ever statewide guide to Missouri trails and bicycling destinations.

The idea for the Missouri Biking Trails guide started when Joplin Convention & Visitor Bureau Director Patrick Tuttle and MoBikeFed Executive Director Brent Hugh gave a presentation at the Missouri Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus annual Conference in 2016. Greg Wood, owner and publisher of Missouri Life attended the presentation.  We presented a list of needs for bicycle & trails tourism in Missouri--and one of those was a statewide guide to our trails and destinations for bicycling, walking, hiking, and trails.

After the presentation, Greg said, "I think that is something Missouri Life can do." Two years later, this beautiful publication is the result:

Missouri Life plans to issue a updated Missouri Trail Guide annually.

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