Hermann-area state rep opposes bill to allow ATVs on the Katy Trail | Hermann Advertiser-Courier

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Legislation that would allow certain motorized vehicles onto the KATY Trail is drawing a sharp response from hiking and cycling enthusiasts, including some in the Hermann area.

The KATY Trail is just a long stone’s throw from Hermann as it runs through Montgomery County into Warren County on its way to St. Charles County.

Local users of the KATY Trail gain access at the McKittrick Trailhead.
The measure, House Bill 2047, is sponsored by State Rep. Jay Houghton, R-Martisburg, and would allow the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and golf cars by disabled residents and those 55 and older. However, under the proposal those vehicles could only be used two days each month — the first and third Wednesdays — and travel no faster than 15 miles per hour.

Efforts by The Hermann Advertiser-Courier to reach Houghton for comment were unsuccessful.

However, State Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, who regularly uses the KATY Trail to prepare for distance-running competitions, says he has talked with Houghton about the legislation. The conversation was prompted in part by Alferman’s office receiving what he descried as “a ton” of emails from those concerned about the trail.

MoBikeFed comment: Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to write or call your legislators. As you can see, it makes a huge difference.

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