Darwin Hindman, 1933-2019: Columbia Mayor, "Father of the Katy Trail," Missouri bicycling, walking, and trails champion - funeral & memorial ride Saturday

Former Columbia Mayor and champion of bicycling, walking, and trails Darwin Hindman passed away Monday at age 86.

A memorial bicycle ride and funeral service will be held Saturday, June 22nd, 2019, in Columbia:

The mile-long ride will begin at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at the Darwin and Axie Hindman Discovery Garden in Stephens Lake Park, 2300 E. Walnut St. The group will then ride to the memorial service at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St., which will begin at 1 p.m.

PedNet asks that as many people as possible bike to the start of the route at Stephens Lake Park, and those who drive should park in the lot off Old 63.

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Over 100 miles of Katy Trail closed to flooding, devastating effects on Katy Trail businesses, communities

According to the Missouri State Parks Current Flooding Conditions page, over 100 miles of the Katy Trail is currently closed due to flooding along the Missouri River. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently reported on the devastating impact the loss of business is having on the Katy Trail businesses and communities.

Many of those businesses depend on Katy Trail customers, with many at 50% or even more of their business coming from Katy Trail users.

(If you're planning a trail visit or vacation this year, keep in mind that over 180 miles of the Katy Trail and connected Rock Island Trail are still open and completely unflooded!  Some sections on the eastern portion are still open, and the entire stretch of Katy/Rock Island from Booneville west is completely unaffected.  Because the businesses and communities there open and looking for business!)

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