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The 144-mile section of the Rock Island under discussion
Missouri State Parks and Ameren have received another extension in their work to hammer out an agreement to transfer the next 144 miles of the Rock Island Corridor between Windsor and Beaufort. The 144-mile section of the Rock Island under discussion will someday be part of a 500+ mile cross-state trail loop system, combining the Katy, Rock Island... (read more)
Regular annual visits to Washington DC have made a big difference
One reason the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation--joined by many colleagues in advocacy groups across Missouri, and many private citizens over the years--has made a point to attend every National Bike Summit since 2005 is that we know that those person contacts with our elected representatives and their staff make a real difference.... (read more)
The Jackson County Rock Island Trail is the orange segment on the map
The 17-mile Jackson County portion of the statewide Rock Island Trail seemed to hit a major roadblock early this month, as a federal agency revoked the county's railroad status and all work on the Rock Island Trail project stopped.  KCUR reported: The Jackson County Rock Island Trail is the orange segment on the map, connecting the RIT to the... (read more)
Sample Section of the new Guide to Missouri Road Rules, Markings, and Signs for
Announcing the new Guide to Missouri Road Rules, Markings, and Signs for Everyone who Drives, Walks, or Bicycles.Ever been confused about bike lane marking or the new green bike lanes, intersection markings, pedestrian crossing signals, and other new markings that many Missouri cities are rolling out? Or do you have a friend who doesn't understand... (read more)
Thanks to all 2019 Missouri Active Transportation Summit presenters and attendee
Many thanks to everyone who attended or presented a session at the 2019 Active Transportation Summit. The Summit was packed full of inspiration, information, and good networking as always. The projects and progress we heard about from all across Missouri (and Iowa!) make all of us really optimistic about the future of bicycling, walking, and... (read more)
Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2019 Missouri Active Transportation Summit Schedule and Program: 2019 Missouri Active Transportation Summit, Friday, August 9th, 9-5pm, Columbia, MissouriRegister for the 2019 Summit here. The Summit is Friday, August 9th, 2019 starting at Columbia City Hall at 9:00amFull 2019 Summit Program here (pdf format)Summit... (read more)
Mayor Hindman was an avid cyclist--and bicycle and trails supporter
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: Mayor Hindman was an avid cyclist--and bicycle and trails supporterThe mile-long ride will begin at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at the Darwin and... (read more)
Katy Trail Flooding at Good Woman Creek (MO State Parks)
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. Katy Trail Flooding at Good Woman... (read more)
Rock the Trail ribbon-cutting 10am on Saturday, June 1st, 2019
In 2016, Jackson County and the KCATA announced a deal to acquire 17.7 miles of the Rock Island Corridor. Now, three years later, they are ready to cut the ribbon on the first 6 miles of the completed trail, through portions of Lee's Summit and Kansas City--and they are inviting everyone to join them: Rock the Trail ribbon-cutting 10am on Saturday... (read more)
Jefferson City cyclist can ride across the Missouri River to enjoy the city park
Today is Missouri Bike-to-Work Day--one of the high points of National Bike Month and Bike Week--and this year we really have something to celebrate: After years of work, Jefferson City has been awarded a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community award, and Kirkwood has received Honorable Mention in the Bicycle Friendly Community awards. Jefferson... (read more)
The Rock Island Trail State Park Endowment Fund was one of the top priorities at
Friday is the last day of the 2019 Missouri legislative session--and we have a LOT to celebrate this session with the passage of SB 196, which will create the Rock Island Trail State Park Endowment Fund. The Rock Island Trail State Park Endowment Fund was one of the top priorities at Capitol Day 2019SB 196, which now awaits Governor Parson's... (read more)
The Butterfield Stage Experience connects Missouri's three longest trails--the Katy, Rock Island, and Frisco HighlineThe Butterfield Stage Experience is a new mostly gravel bicycle touring route consisting of county gravel roads and multi-use trails using/paralleling the historic Butterfield Stage Route in Missouri.    ... (read more)
Huge congratulations is in order to our friends at the Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc, as SB 196, creating the Rock Island Trail State Park Endowment Fund, has finally passed both the Missouri House and Senate. The bill is "Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed"--meaning that the Missouri General Assembly is finished and done with it, and next stop... (read more)
May is Bike Month
Time to get out your bike and go for a ride! May is National Bike Month. Bike to School Day is May 8th, 2019. National Bike to Work Week is May 13–19. Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 17.  May is Bike Month Thanks to amazing support from our Missouri State legislators back in 2011, all of those days are officially recognized in the Missouri... (read more)
How to connect to the Rock Island Trail from (almost) anywhere in the Kansas Cit
With the first six miles of Jackson County's portion of the Rock Island Trail opening in June 2019--and a further 8-10 miles following in the next year or two--many people are asking how to connect Jackson County's Katy Trail in Lee's Summit and Kansas City to Missouri State Parks Rock  Island Trail and Katy Trail, which starts at Pleasant... (read more)