Advocacy Resources

MBF's Advocacy Resources

This page has general information and resources for Missouri bicycle and pedestrian advocacy.

For information on current issues, visit MoBikeFed Advocacy Alerts.

On this page:

Reporting unsafe motorists

Reporting unsafe road conditions or ask MoDOT to improve a road or construction project for better/safer walking or cycling

  • MoDOT Feedback Form--using this form is the best way to report a dangerous condition on MoDOT road or to ask for Bike/Ped accommodations on a project planned or under construction. Be polite and persuasive as you explain where the problem is, why this is an important or commonly used bicycle/pedestrian link, and what solutions you suggest for the problem. It is federal and MoDOT policy to provide for bicycle and pedestrian facilities where appropriate, and to provide for bike/ped safety, so thank them for doing so in general and request them to do so in this particular case.

    It isn't always easy to tell which roads are administered by MoDOT. Generally any numbered or lettered route (40 Hwy, Route V, Route CC) is MoDOT-administered.

    When you send feedback using this form it goes through regular MoDOT channels and eventually ends up on the desk of the engineer assigned to the project you are addressing. Results are not guaranteed, but MoDOT does take citizen feedback seriously. For the sake of future as well as current projects, MoDOT engineers need to hear from many citizens making a compelling case for bike/ped accommodations.

    This article has detailed instructions and information about how best to approach an agency like MoDOT in these situations.

  • Request street cleaning on a MoDOT road--just fill out the feedback form, specifying "street cleaning or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (toll free) to request that a particular shoulder be swept. Please explain that you would like it cleaned because you bicycle there (that helps build awareness of the needs of bicyclists within MoDOT).

    Explain which section of road you would like cleaned; it is helpful if you know which MoDOT district it lies in (D1-St. Joe, D2-north central, D3-Hannibal, D4-KC, D5-central, D6-St.L, D7-Joplin, D8-Springfield, D9-south central, D10-Cape Girardeau).

    Keep in mind that MoDOT roads include all federal freeways and highways in Missouri (with numbers like I-70, US Hwy 40) and all state highways and roads (with numbers like 350 Hwy, Route V, Route JJ). Basically, any road with a highway number or letter is a MoDOT road.

  • Dangerous Conditions Letter--a form letter you can send to government officials to alert them to dangerous conditions on roads.

Advocacy 101: How to advocate for bicycle and pedestrian accommodation

Safe Routes to Schools resources

Laws relating to bicycling

Rail-trails and railroad abandonment

Bicycle and pedestrian statistics

Missourians take about 20 million bicycle trips each year. (About 0.4% of Missouri trips are by bicycle and the National Household Travel Survey reports 5 billion annual vehicle-trips in Missouri.)

Over two million Missourians are regular bicyclists. (About 1.2 million Missouri adults and another 700,000-800,000 Missouri children are regular bicyclists, bicycling one or several times each year. Well-controlled study shows 36% of midwesterners age 3 and older ride at least once per year.)

400,000 Missourians are avid bicyclists, bicycling at least once a week during good-weather months.

The amount of Americans who bicycle (34%) is roughly comparable with the amount who run or jog (40%) or use public transportation (40%).

In the Midwest, bicycling is more popular than both running and public transportation (36% participate in bicycling vs 34% running and 34% public transportation).


Where Missouri Stands summarizes what we know about Missouri bicycling and walking rates, injury rates, and the economic impact of our lack of bicycle and pedestrian accommodations:
  • Missourians walk and bicycle at less than half the national rate.
  • As a percentage of motor vehicle crashes, Missouri has a far lower rate of pedestrian and bicycle injuries and fatalities than the national average. However, this does not indicate greater safety on Missouri roads but rather a much lower usage rate than the national average.
  • Lack of proper bicycling, walking, and transit facilities mean the Kansas City and St. Louis metro areas have household transportation costs far higher than the national average--totalling approximately $700 million annually for each of the two metro areas.