New Revolution Cycles location to open near new bike/ped friendly Hwy 47 Missouri River Bridge in Washington MO |

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Community and Economic Development Director Sal Maniaci said Joe and Katy Ferguson are renting a building at 116 Front St. where they are operating a new store that offers classes, with projected plans to have bicycles available for rent. . . .

In September, Joe Ferguson told The Missourian that he has been exploring this store idea for about five years while he had been searching for a place to put it. A goal is to make it easier to rent bicycles in Washington for people to ride around town, on the riverfront and Katy trail and over the new Highway 47 bridge.

The business hopes to attract leisure cyclists, those who don’t have a bicycle, and tourists getting off the Missouri River Runner train who want to rent a bicycle and have a “fun” riding day.

Ideally, the store will stay open Wednesday through Sunday for rentals, bicycle supplies and accessories, bicycle art, gifts and postcards.

Ferguson said the store will offer comfort bicycles, electric bicycles, recumbent trikes and child trailers.

MoBikeFed comment: The new bike/ped friendly Hwy 47 bridge over the Missouri River at Washington will have its grand opening December 1st, 2018. Citizens are invited to walk the bridge prior to the ribbon cutting:

The Hwy 47 bridge at Washington represents the last of the old, narrow Missouri River bridges with no bicycle or pedestrian accommodation that linked that Katy Trail with nearby communities Boonville, Jefferson City, Hermann, and Washington.

The Hwy 5 Boonslick Bridge at Boonville carries a section of the Katy Trail and opened in 2005. But it has been just in the past 11 years that Hermann, Jefferson City, and now Washington have opened their bicycle/pedestrian accessible bridges.

Additional river crossings adjacent to the Katy Trail have been added on the eastern end of the Katy Trail to make connections between St. Louis County and St. Charles County--give two of the state's most populous counties direct access to the Katy:

- MO 364/Page Ave Extension (2003)
- I-64/40 Daniel Boone Bridge (2016)
- MO 370/Discovery Bridge (funded/construction planned 2019)

That leave just Missouri River bridges on the entire extent of the Katy Trail that are not bike/ped accessible: The I-70 bridge near Rocheport and the I-70 bridge near St. Charles.

The I-70 Bridge near St. Charles will soon be up for rehabilitation, and the City of St. Charles has made it a priority at that time to include bike/ped access either on the bridge itself or on a new nearby structure.

Completing the project of connecting all Katy Trail communities to the trail across the Missouri River via good, safe bike/ped accessible bridges is a major accomplishment for the state--and one we should all be proud of.