History of the Missouri Foundation for Bicycling and Walking

The Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation was founded in 1993 as a 501(c)(4) corporation to promote bicycling and walking in Missouri.  The Federation worked as an all-volunteer organization to reform Missouri's bicycle laws, work for funding of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and work for the implementation of federal bicycle and pedestrian funding and initiatives in Missouri. The Federation operated as an all-volunteer organization, and after the President had a serious health-related crisis in 2000, the organization became dormant.

In 2002, the Federation was reformed and revitalized with an initial membership of 26 members.  The new board and president resolved to build membership, stabilize the budget, and professionalize the organization.  The Federation reach a membership of 1000 in 2005, when it hired its first Executive Director.

The same year the Federation set the stage to implement more programming in support of bicycling and walking statewide in Missouri, by establishing the Missouri Foundation for Bicycling and Walking, a 501(c)(3) corporation. The Foundation is a statewide, not-for-profit organization promoting good health and physical activity through bicycling and walking, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and education of bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

Since 2005, the Foundation has steadily increased its budget and impact.  The Foundation has supported bicycle education, Bike Week and Bike Month across Missouri, Walk to School Day, Week, and Month, an online bicycling, walking, and running events calendar, and Missouri's Safe Routes to School program.

In 2010, the Foundation received grant funding to establish the Missouri Safe Routes to School Network, working for statewide policy change in support of Safe Routes to School, to organize and promote Bike Week and the Car Free Challenge in the Kansas City region, to organize and operate bicycle education and safety clinics across the Kansas City region, and to create an on-bicycle, on-street bicycle education program for traffic engineers and road designers, which was taught to MoDOT staff.