Missouri Bicycling, Walking, Running, and Trails News

MO State Parks schedules important Rock Island Trail meetings October 29, 30, Nov 1 along the RI corridor - Please plan to attend if you can

Please plan to attend one of these important upcoming meetings about the future of the remaining 144 miles of the potential cross-state Rock Island Trail between Windsor and Washington.

After a long process of investigation and public comment, Missouri State Parks has scheduled three meetings to present their conclusions about developing the remaining 144 miles of the Rock Island railroad corridor into a long-distance recreational trail, becoming Missouri's second cross-state trail.

The trail is a tremendous opportunity for sustainable, long-term economic development for dozens of communities along the corridor that have been left behind since the closure of the Rock Island railroad in the early 1980s. Will Missouri seize the opportunity to create another internationally significant trail and tourism destination, or not?

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Ribbon Cutting Officially Opens Bicycle Route 66 Across Missouri and Kansas; Ribbon cutting photos


MO & KS Become First Two States to Open USBR 66

On June 17th, as part of the opening ceremonies for the 2018 edition of Big BAM Ride (Bicycle Across Missouri), a ribbon cutting was conducted marking the Missouri and Kansas sections of U.S. Bike Route 66 receiving formal designation. At the May 2018 meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), applications submitted by the respective DOTs were approved.

In Missouri, after years of work by MoDOT, the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation, the Adventure Cycling Association, local tourism and Route 66 affiliated organizations and advocates, Bicycle Route 66 across the lower half of the state is now an official part of the U.S. National Bicycle Route System.

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Bicycle Route 66 officially part of U.S. Bicycle Route System - first states officially adopting USBR 66 - celebrations this weekend in Springfield, Joplin

After years of work by MoDOT, the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation, the Adventure Cycling Association, and many local organizations and advocates along the route, Bicycle Route 66 in Missouri is now an official part of the U.S. National Bicycle Route System.

"The U.S. Bike Route System in of itself is an important network for the travel & tourism industry as a whole," said Patrick Tuttle, Director of the Joplin Convention and Visitor Bureau and key supporter of the Bicycle Route 66 effort in Missouri.

"For that network in Missouri, when adding in the value of historic Route 66, for cycling and tourism stakeholders alike, there is no question, we have to be involved."

MoBikeFed's Queen City Century in Springfield on Saturday, June 16th will celebrate the new USBR 66, ride a portion of the route, and see some of the historic Route 66 highlights in Springfield.

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Governor Greitens signs bills adding Franklin County to regional transit organization, creating Route 66 Centennial Commission

News outlets are reporting that, before resigning office later today, Governor Greitens has signed 77 bills passed by the Missouri General Assembly this legislative session.  Full list of bills signed at KY3. 

The governor has now signed two bills we have been tracking this session; another important issue doesn't require governor's approval; two more bills still await the governor's signature.

Signed by Governor Greitens today

  • SB 757 (Support) - Adding Franklin County To Bi-state Development Agency - This allows Franklin County to join the regional public transportation system.

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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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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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Capitol Day Monday April 30th issues: Transportation Funding, Rock Island Trail, dangerous dogs, texting while driving

Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Day at the Capitol in Jefferson City is coming soon--Monday April 30th. State transportation funding, the future of the Rock Island Trail, stopping dangerous dogs, texting while driving, and safety of self-driving cars are among the issues we'll be talking about with legislators Monday.

We'll also enjoy a Ride with Legislators from the Capitol to the Katy Trail and back.

Join us April 30th in Jefferson City--when you take the time to make those personal visits to legislators, it really makes a difference!

If you can't join us in person, please take a moment to call or email your Missouri Senator and Representative in support of our message (sample message below).

2018 Capitol Day Issues and Priorities

A summary of our priorities for the 2018 Missouri legislative session:

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Your complete guide to funding sources for bicycle, pedestrian, and trails projects in Missouri

Your community has some amazing bicycle, pedestrian, and trails projects it wants to build--perhaps even a local or regional bicycle, pedestrian, or trails plan.  But now you need the funding to actually build.

If your community doesn't yet have those plans and projects developed, it might be smart to take a step back first:

  • Develop your own plans, projects, and priorities
  • Implement a few projects--even very small, simple, low-cost projects--using available resources
  • Build a community partnership in support of these projects.

We have a whole page with ideas to help your community take these initial steps.

Then you are ready to approach potential funders to take the next steps.

Here are many of the available funding sources in Missouri:

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Missouri Senate passes bill outlawing distracted driving, texting while driving - bill now moves to House & you can help

Our members have consistently identified distracted driving and texting while driving as one of their top concerns.  For that reason, we have been working for years with a coalition of like-minded organizations across Missouri to support distracted driving and texting-while-driving legislation.

Year after year, this important legislation has been stopped by a few powerful legislators.

But now one of those legislators is sponsoring a bill with strong language restricting all kinds of distracted driving behaviors and use of cell phones and other electronic devices while driving.

The Missouri Senate has been the stopping point for distracted driving bills in past years and for nearly all bills in 2018.

But now SB 1050, sponsored by Senator Dave Schatz of Sullivan, has has passed the Missouri Senate by a vote of 28-3.

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National Bike Summit: Congress triples TIGER funding, one of our major Natl Bike Summit asks for 2018 - get your community's TIGER applications ready to go!

One of our big asks at the 2018 National Bike Summit was for Congress to continue and increase the TIGER grant program.

At the Summit's Capitol Hill Day, we visited the congressional offices of all ten Missouri members of Congress and Senator.  We asked them specifically to support continuation of TIGER and to support increased funding for the TIGER grant program.

We heard UNANIMOUS support for TIGER from our Missouri congressional delegation.

And now the TIGER transportation grant program has been renewed as part of the recent budget deal--with triple the funding it received last year. Find out more, and how your community can apply for TIGER, here.

Support for bicycling, walking, transit, and multimodal approach to transportation has grown dramatically in Missouri's Congressional delegation

I can't say how amazing it was to hear the support for TIGER from office after office--and with equal levels of support from both the 7 Republican and 3 Democratic offices. 

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