About Us

The Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation is a statewide, not-for-profit, 501(c)(4) membership organization. In 2005, we established the complementary Missouri Foundation for Bicycling and Walking, a 501(c)(3) organization.

We are two organizations with one goal: to support and protect the rights and interests of bicyclists and pedestrians in Missouri. We make Missouri a better, safer place for bicycling, walking, and trails by championing safety, a world-class statewide network, and a strong, unified statewide movement that encourages more Missourians to bike and walk more often

The Federation is a member-driven organization and we reach out to our membership regularly for feedback and guidance through our web page and social media, via email, through polls and surveys, through meetings and events in different parts of the state, and through personal contact.

MoBikeFed was founded by Caryn Giarratano (the first Chair) and Mike Hoeferkamp (the first Treasurer) in 1993, and incorporated in the state of Missouri on November 17, 1994.

For more details about the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation's stand on the issues, see MoBikeFed's Vision of Bicycling and Walking in Missouri, including annual reports on progress towards achieving the Vision and the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation Legislative Platform, including an annual summary of legislative accomplishments and progress

 

Interested in our earlier work and history? You can read this nice overview of MoBikeFed's history and accomplishments through 2004.

MoBikeFed is a 501(c)(4) corporation, EIN 43-1896064. More information: IRS 501c4 letter, Guidestar listing, with financial summaries and copies of previous IRS form 990s.

The Missouri Foundation for Bicycling and Walking is a 501(c)(3) organization, EIN 20-3389214. The Foundation assists the Federation in accomplishing its vision and mission in all ways consistent with the Foundation's 501(c)(3) status, and allows Federation members the opportunity to make tax deductible donations in support of our vision of better, safer bicycling, walking, and trails across Missouri. Visit the Foundation's page for details about IRS letter, guidestar listing, annual reports, and more.

Meetings

The annual business meeting and election of officers is generally during the November Board Meeting each year. The Board generally holds monthly Board Meetings with other meetings and committee meeting held monthly or as needed.

 

Membership

 

Bylaws

 

Contact information/mailing Address:

Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, Inc.
1709 Missouri Blvd, Ste. C #200
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Email: director [at] mobikefed.org

Phone: 816-336-2550

To contact a specific staff person, board member, or chair, see the list of current staff/board members.
 

Mission

We are two organizations with one goal: to support and protect the rights and interests of bicyclists and pedestrians in Missouri. We make Missouri a better, safer place for bicycling, walking, and trails by championing safety, a world-class statewide network, and a strong, unified statewide movement that encourages more Missourians to bike and walk more often.


 

Goals

MoBikeFed's Vision of Bicycling and Walking in Missouri summarizes our 5- to 10-year plan and goals for Missouri. A few key goals:
  • Obtain funding to meet goals.
     
  • Coordinate efforts among constituents and related groups across Missouri.
     
  • Communicate and coordinate with other state groups and national groups.
     
  • Educate the public on benefits of our sports: health, social and environmental.
     
  • Lobby for legislative issues on behalf of bicyclists, pedestrians, runners, and trail users.
     
  • Promote safety: sharing the road and following the rules of the road.
     
  • Establish bicycling, walking, and running as recognized forms of transportation, as well as recreation.
     
  • Facilitate use of local, state and federal funds to meet goals.
     
  • Disseminate information about progress and issues in bicycling, walking, and trails.
     
  • Disseminate information about constituents' major events in the state.
     
  • Help build a movement in support of bicycling and walking in Missouri.
     
  • Promote the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Community program across Missouri.
     
  • Encourage Complete Streets policies at local, metropolitan, statewide, and national levels.
     
  • Promote creation and improvement of a statewide bicycle route system and statewide trail systems.
     
  • Promote and encourage more bicycling and walking in Missouri through programs like Bike Month, Bike to Work Week, and Walk/Bike to School Month.
 

Accomplishments

Our Annual Reports summarize progress and accomplishments each year, and our Legislative Platform Accomplished page tallies major legislative accomplishments.

Here are just a few highlights from our history of more than twenty years of statewide advocacy:

 
  • Wrote and passed legislation that repealed the mandatory sidepath law in 1995 and defeated its reinstatement in 1998.
     
  • Worked with legislators to improve wording and intent of bike-specific laws. Thanks to this, Missouri traffic laws rate better for bicycle friendliness than those in most other states (though work remains to be done in Missouri and in all other states).
     
  • Defeated a bill that would have required all bicyclists to ride on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
     
  • Defeated legislation that would have required bicyclists to ride single file.
     
  • Worked with the MoDOT to change its policy on shoulder rumble strips to allow bicyclists some smooth shoulder.
     
  • Worked with Amtrak in 1997 to allow unboxed bicycles to be rolled aboard.
     
  • Worked with legislators to pass as "Safe Passing Law", bicycle-friendly bicycle lane provisions, and numerous other improvements to the state bicycle legislation in 2005.
     
  • Defeated several attempts to ban bicyclists from Missouri roads and highways in the late 2000s and early 2010s.
     
  • Worked for creation of a Bicycle Missouri license plate for automobiles, first distributed in 2013.
     
  • Worked with MoDOT to redefine its priorities and plans to far better integrate bicycling and walking, 1994 through the present.
     
  • Worked to support a statewide Complete Streets resolution and policy in Missouri and to support city, county, and regional Complete Streets policies across the state, mid 2000s through present.
     
  • Worked to support statewide bicycle routes and bicycle tourism.
     
  • Worked to support creation of a statewide trails vision and and interconnected statewide and multi-state trails system.
     
  • Worked to create sample legislation, recommendations, and policies that can be adopted by cities, counties, and transportation planning commissions across Missouri.
     
  • Worked for the passage of over 44 items on our Legislative Platform since 1994.
     
  • Numerous other policy, legislative, education, outreach, and program accomplishments, outlined in our Annual Reports and Legislative Platform Accomplished page

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