Capitol Day 2019: Legislators, outdoor enthusiasts ride Katy Trail to drum up support for Rock Island Trail | Central MO Breaking News

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State Sen. Gina Walsh had one comment for a group gathered at the Carnahan Memorial Garden: "Let's ride."

Community members and members of several outdoor groups participated Tuesday in the 13th annual Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Day at the Missouri Capitol.

The event was sponsored by the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, Missouri Department of Natural Resources State Parks division and Missouri Department of Transportation.

Legislators and supporters departed the governor's garden and headed out for a 6-mile round trip to the North Jefferson Trailhead stop on the Katy Trail.

People were urged to contact their legislators to express support for bills regarding the proposed Rock Island Trail. Other issues including distracted driving, safe walking and bicycling routes, and state transportation funding were also advocated.

The 144-mile former Rock Island Railroad corridor is proposed for trail use. If accepted, the trail would become a state park and require maintenance from Missouri State Parks.

MBPF Executive Director Brent Hugh said House Bill 1044 is making good progress.