SB 180, Bicycle and Pedestrian Holidays Bill, signed by governor

I just got a call from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services - today Governor Nixon signed SB 180 into law.

SB 180 makes the following days, weeks and months an official part of the Missouri state calendar:

* Missouri Bicycle Month (May)
* Bike to Work Day (third Friday of May)
* Bike to Work Week (week of Bike to Work Day)
* Walk and Bike to School Month (October)
* Walk and Bike to School Day (first Wednesday in October)

The bill's page is here.  Full text:

Section A. Chapter 9, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto two new sections, to be known as sections 9.164 and 9.165, to read as follows:

9.164. The month of October shall be set apart as "Walk & Bike to School Month" and the first Wednesday of October shall be set apart as "Walk & Bike to School Day" in Missouri to improve the safety of students walking and bicycling to school, encourage more children to safely walk and bicycle to school, and promote the benefits of walking and cycling to school, including physical activity and better student health and physical fitness, improved academics, reduced congestion and pollution, and more livable communities.

9.165. The month of May shall be set apart as "Missouri Bicycle Month", the third Friday of May shall be set apart as "Bike to Work Day", and the week of bike to work day shall be set apart as "Bike to Work Week" in Missouri to promote bicycling as a viable and environmentally sound form of transportation and a source of healthful recreation, promote bicycle safety and encourage all users to safely share the road, promote Missouri as a great destination for bicycle tourism, and promote the benefits of bicycling for health, physical fitness, family togetherness, economic development, and creating a vibrant, healthy, and livable state.

Thanks to Senator Will Kraus, who sponsored SB 180, and Representative Noel Torpey, who handled the bill in the House.

Thanks to all of you who have helped work for the passage of this bill over the past couple of years!

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