Missouri Bicycling, Walking, Running, and Trails News

Freedom From Fear

By Mighk Wilson. Undoubtedly, one of the most common deterrents to bicycling is fear. Fear of motorists. Notice I said "motorists," not "cars" or "traffic." When people talk about bike safety, especially those who are afraid to bike on the roads, they aren?t much concerned about potholes or dogs or sand on the corner or their ability to control the bike. They fear the motorist they can?t see and who supposedly can?t see them. This fear is based on the belief that a significant number of motorists are likely to hit bicyclists while overtaking them. Does it happen? Yes. Is it common? Not at all . . .
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Is Cycling Dangerous?

By Ken Kifer. The idea that bicycling is very dangerous is common. When I ask people why they don't ride a bicycle, the most frequent reasons are, "It's too dangerous" and "It's too difficult." The perception that cycling is dangerous even causes some who value cycling and who are not worried about it being too difficult to confine their cycling to off-road trails.

But for those who obey the traffic laws, cycling is actually safer than traveling in an automobile . . .
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Joplin trail faces opposition

A proposed 26 mile trail from the Joplin area into Kansas faces opposition...
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Why Bank Robbers Should Use Bicycles Instead of Getaway Cars

Unfortunately, both for society and the criminals, most bank robbers use cars as their getaway vehicle. This leads to increased risks for all and increased expenses for the robbers. A more sensible solution is for them to use bikes.

Click here to read the rest of this amusing article by bike advocate Ken Kifer
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St. Louis County petitioned to become more bicycle-friendly

The St. Louis Bicycle Federation recently presented a petition with 282 signatures to the St. Louis County Council, asking them to adopt bicycle-friendly policies and provide many more bicycle accommodations. Many area cities have adopted very bicycle-friendly policies, and MoDOT has recently been adding "Share the Road" signs to all MoDOT roads in the area. But St. Louis County has rebuffed all efforts of cyclists to ask for improved conditions.

If you live in the area, please contact St. Louis County and let them know that you support bicycle-friendly facilities!

Find out all the details on

The St. Louis Bike Fed has launched a postcard campaign aimed at the county. You can find out about that and more on the Bike Fed's County Campaign site.
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Ride or grandstand?

Writer Thomas Crone (St. Louis) argues that cyclists ought to do more riding than grandstanding. He says that cyclists should work for the adoption of simple, mainstream, middle-of-the-road projects rather than taking the extreme anti-car position that says auto=epitome of evil=must be exterminated.

Do you agree or disagree? Read more and leave your comments on the MO Bicycle News page . . .
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Support St. Louis Bike Fed's petition of St. Louis County

Please support the St. Louis Bike Fed in their effort to make St. Louis County more bicycle friendly! More details on the Advocacy Alerts page.
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Pitch Weekly article on the Kansas City bicycle scene

Pitch Weekly ran an interesting article bicycling in Kansas City. It is a little old now (August 1999), but still gives a great overview of the challenges, the prospects, and some of the progress that has been made.

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Meet MoDOT's New Bike/Ped Coordinator

Caryn Giarratano, MoDOT's new Bike/Ped Coordinator, has big plans for bicycling in Missouri. Find out about her appointment as Bike/Ped coordinator and her plans for the state in this Press Release.
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Young Cyclist Killed in Lee's Summit

A cyclist was killed in Lee's Summit about two weeks ago (early October 2002). Witnesses reported that he was riding along the side of the road and suddenly turned left into the traffic lane where he was hit and killed. The incident was covered in the KC Star (sorry, I can't find the story online right now).
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Bicyclist dies after wreck in Mission

An Overland Park man October 15th, 2002 at KU Med from injuries he received when his bike collided with a car in Mission. He was riding through a traffic light just after it turned red and was hit by the left-turning auto coming from the opposite direction. Cyclists: Don't run red lights!. Motorists: Watch out! (this motorist did not have the right-of-way to make a left-hand turn, since another vehicle was approaching the intersection--but this driver probably didn't even see the bicyclist.). Read the complete story on the KC Star's web page.
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MoDOT "Share the Road" Sign Policy

The Share the Road (W16-1) sign may be used with other appropriate warning signs to advise the motorists that other modes of transportation may be present on the same facility. This can include, but is not limited to, pedestrians, bicycles, horse drawn vehicles, etc. The (W16-1) sign shall not be used alone but always as a supplementary plaque under a W11 series sign.

When used with other warning signs the (W16-1) and its primary sign should be repeated periodically over the length of the road. The assembly with the (W16-1) sign should be repeated after each major side road intersection.

Additional assemblies may be used as needed to advise drivers of the presence of these other types of transportation. If the section of roads extends more than a mile the (W7-3-24) Next XX Miles should be added to the first assembly.

For Use with Bicycle Signs (W11-1) MoDOT has a policy covering pedestrian and bicycle facilities. This policy defines what are considered accommodations for pedestrians and bicycles. Facilities that have accommodations as described in the MoDOT bicycle, pedestrian policy, such as paths, wide shared lanes and bicycle lanes on shoulders will be signed according to Chapter 9 of the MUTCD.

Where there are not accommodations as described in the policy but there is significant bicycle use the W16-1 may be considered. The W16-1 sign will only be used on these facilities if there is a request from the community. Typically a local bicycling group will be the requester. Only those routes where there is frequent and regular use for bicycling should be considered. Occasional weekend use by individuals is not considered justification for using the W16-1.

For special events, such as organized cross-country or cross state bicycle rides, temporary posting of the W16-1 signs may be considered. Once the event is completed the signs should be removed unless it is a facility that meets the previous criteria for permanent signing.

Use of the W16-1 signs needs to be carefully managed like any other sign.
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