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A detail of the memorial for Will Baumeister in Stadium Drive in Kansas City
April 8th, 2022, Will Baumeister was killed by a hit-and-run driver while bicycling on Stadium Drive near the Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City, Missouri. A detail of the memorial for Will Baumeister in Stadium Drive in Kansas City Will and his partner, riding just feet away from him, were well lit and riding on a straight and well lit... (read more)
Cyclist Charlie Crinier, father of 10, was killed by a hit and run driver
The Longview Lake loop is one of the most popular cycling routes in the Kansas City area.  Much of the loop has been greatly improved for cycling safety in recent years, with wide shoulders, bicycle lanes, and even a section of separated bicycle now on the 10-mile loop. However, one section on View High Drive just north of 3rd Street is a... (read more)
The 2022 Missouri Active Transportation Summit - Friday, August 12th
Thanks to everyone who participated or presented - in person or virtually - the 2022 Missouri Active Transportation Summit in Jefferson City was a big success.  The program was packed with interesting and information presentations and information from agency staff, advocacy organizations, consultants and engineering firms, and community... (read more)
The 2022 Missouri Active Transportation Summit - Friday, August 12th
The 7th annual Missouri Active Transportation Summit is coming up this week:   Missouri Active Transportation Summit Friday, August 12th, 2022, 9:00am-5:00pm Jefferson City Municipal Complex Jefferson City Police Department Building, 401 Monroe St Jefferson City, MO AND Online Virtual Conference Via WebEx (Selected Sessions)     (read more)
Texting while driving is one of the leading cause of traffic injuries and deaths
Distracted driving, texting while driving, and electronic device use while driving leads to hundreds of fatalities and serious injuries in Missouri every year.  Missouri is now one of just TWO states that still allows texting while driving. Texting while driving is one of the leading cause of traffic injuries and deaths in Missouri.... (read more)
MoDOT has been installing an increasing number of "J-Turns" on rural highways.  J-Turns convert intersections that are currently perfectly usable by people who bicycle and walk, into intersections that are, in many cases, essentially unusable. Installing a J-Turn intersection takes a route that was previously an excellent, completely usable... (read more)
The Rock Island Trail is Missouri's newest State Park.
Today the Missouri General Assembly gave final approval to HB 3020, which included Governor Parson's proposal to spend $69 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to develop the most difficult and expensive part of the new Rock Island Trail State Park. The Rock Island Trail is Missouri's newest State Park. Now the... (read more)
The Rock Island Trail will combine with the Katy Trail and other interconnected
Monday the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of HB 3020, allocating Missouri's portion of the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. The committee bill removed the entire $69.2 million Governor Parson had recommended for construction of the major "hard parts" of the 144-mile Rock Island Trail State Park. The Rock... (read more)
The Rock Island Trail will combine with the Katy Trail and other interconnected
UPDATE May 5th: Good news: Tuesday the Conference Committee restored the $1 million Rock Island Trail State Park Endowment funding plus an additional $150K funding for 2023 in HB 3006. Less Good News: Wednesday the  HB 3015 Conference Committee failed to restore any of the $3.5 million for the RIT in 2022. The good news here is that several... (read more)
UPDATE 5/3: The Senate Appropriations Committee did indeed zero out all of Gov Parson's propose Rock Island Trail funding, in a vote Monday afternoon. Please contact your Missouri Senator now - all Missouri Senators - and ask them to support the Rock Island Trail funding when HB 3020 comes to the Senate floor. Look up your own Missouri Senator... (read more)
The Rock Island Trail will combine with the Katy Trail and other interconnected
As the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee continues to debate both routine funding and additional federal funding for the 144-mile cross-state Rock Island Trail, the Springfield News-Leader has published a powerful editorial from two regional leaders endorsing the trail and the benefits it will bring to Missouri. The Rock Island Trail will... (read more)
Missouri House chamber during the debate on the Rock Island Trail amendments tod
After nearly an hour of debate on the floor of the Missouri House, the House today approved Governor Parson's proposal for $69 million in federal ARPA funding to be use to build the most difficult section of the State Parks' Rock Island Trail. Missouri House chamber during the debate on the Rock Island Trail amendments today Now the Missouri... (read more)
With the recent acceptance of the 144-mile Rock Island Trail corridor by Missouri State Parks and Gov. Parson's recommendation to spend $69 million in federal ARPA funds building the most complex, difficult, and expensive section of that new 144-mile trail, it might be a good time to review why trails are so important to communities - and... (read more)
SECOND UPDATE 31 MARCH 2022: HB 3020 passed the House Budget Committee today with the full $69 million governor's recommendation for the Rock Island Trail intact. HOORAY!  Huge thanks to Committee leadership and members - and each and every one of you who took the time to contact Budget Committee members and leadership. All the budget... (read more)
The 13.5 mile Rock Island Trail in Jackson County is the westernmost link in the
Jackson County has recently completed the main 13.5-mile section of the Rock Island Trail through Lee's Summit, Raytown, and Jackson County - a project decades in the making. The trail is the final link bringing the Katy Trail/Rock Island Trail system all the way across Missouri from the Mississippi River to Kansas City.    Wednesday we... (read more)

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