MoBikeFed Cycling News, Tips, Advocacy Alerts https://mobikefed.org/mobikefed_rss.xml en Darwin Hindman, 1933-2019: Columbia Mayor, "Father of the Katy Trail," Missouri bicycling, walking, and trails champion - funeral & memorial ride Saturday https://mobikefed.org/2019/06/darwin-hindman-1933-2019-columbia-mayor-father-katy-trail-missouri-bicycling-walking-and <p>Former Columbia Mayor and champion of bicycling, walking, and trails Darwin Hindman passed away Monday at age 86.</p><p>A memorial bicycle ride and funeral service will be held Saturday, June 22nd, 2019, in Columbia: <div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 410px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="Mayor Hindman was an avid cyclist--and bicycle and trails supporter" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/3452141667_958ca8c6ee_b_d-400x533.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 533px; margin: 5px; ;" title="Mayor Hindman was an avid cyclist--and bicycle and trails supporter" width="400" height="533" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">Mayor Hindman was an avid cyclist--and bicycle and trails supporter</div></div></p><blockquote><div><p>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.</p><p>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.</p></div></blockquote><div><p>Hindman was one of the early champions of the Katy Trail, and worked closely with <a href="https://mostateparks.com/kt25">Ted and Pat Jones</a>, who worked tirelessly with Missouri state leaders for the Katy Trail, and finally donated over $2 million dollars to help acquire the Katy and build the trail. (<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_D._%22Ted%22_Jones">Ted Jones</a> passed away in 1990, before the Katy was completed. <a href="https://mobikefed.org/2018/12/pat-jones-1925-2018-mother-katy-trail-and-prairie-godmother-missouri-trails-parks-conservati">Pat passed away</a> earlier this year.)</p><p>Later, Hindman was instrumental in advocating for the development of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MKT_Trail">MKT Trail</a>--the nine-mile rail-trail that connects downtown Columbia with the Katy Trail. The intersection of the MKT and Katy Trails is now called "Hindman Junction" and has a display area with information about the history of the trails and the area.&nbsp; The Boone County Historical Society has called Hindman "The Father of the Katy Trail."</p><p>As a citizen and as Mayor, Hindman supported many important civic projects, including Stephens Lake and the Activity and Recreation Center (ARC).&nbsp; He was very influential in making Columbia one of the leading cities in Missouri and the midwest for bicycling, walking, and trails.&nbsp; Columbia adopted a Complete Streets policy before Complete Streets had a name or a national campaign.&nbsp; Under Hindman's leadership as mayor, the city greatly expanded its trail network and built a comprehensive network bicycle-friendly streets at a time when most Missouri cities had not even started to think about the concept.</p><p>In 2005, Hindman played a key role in working with Senator Kit Bond to bring the $22.5 million <a href="https://mobikefed.org/taxonomy/term/4666?page=1">Nonmotorized Pilot Project to Columbia</a>.&nbsp; Columbia was one of just four communities nationwide to received this grant.&nbsp; The city used the funding to make major upgrades to it citywide pedestrian, bicycle, and trails system--proving repeatedly the value of that type of transportation and infrastructure investment for communities.</p><p><a href="https://www.columbiamissourian.com/obituaries/family_obituary/darwin-hindman-april-june/article_4f4672e0-929e-11e9-af80-e72e06b09bdc.html">Hindman's obituary</a> sums up some of his accomplishments:</p><blockquote><p>He got his political start working on campaigns for environmental causes, such as preserving the Meramec River and Irish Wilderness. In the 1980s, he promoted the construction of Columbia’s MKT trail as a pilot rail-trail project and then became the founder and chairperson of the Katy Trail Coalition. His efforts to create the Katy trail included testimony before the U.S. Senate to promote legislation, which made rail-trails possible all over the country.</p></blockquote><p><a href="https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/local/you-could-never-bring-him-down-darwin-hindman-columbia-s/article_e407f350-9117-11e9-990f-8f8e23efcdb4.html">The Columbia Missourian writes</a>:</p><blockquote><div><p>Under his stewardship, Columbia was a “full-service city,” said Ray Beck, who was city manager for most of Hindman’s 15 years as mayor. The city didn’t just build roads, Beck said; it focused on making citizens’ quality of life better.&nbsp;</p><p><div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 461px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="Mayor Hindman (center) and his son-in-law, Ian Thomas of Pednet" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/4426593623_55f14ea810_b_d-451x338.jpg" style="width: 451px; height: 338px; margin: 5px; ;" title="Mayor Hindman (center) and his son-in-law, Ian Thomas of Pednet, receives the first-ever National Outstanding Achievement Award from Andy Clarke of the League of American Bicyclists at the National Bike Summit in 2010" width="451" height="338" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">Mayor Hindman (center) and his son-in-law, Ian Thomas of Pednet, receives the first-ever National Outstanding Achievement Award from Andy Clarke of the League of American Bicyclists at the National Bike Summit in 2010</div></div></p></div><div><p>“He had a real vision for what Columbia could be,” said Chris Janku, who served on the City Council from 1991 to 2008.</p><p>“He thought people’s goal in life should be to have a productive, happy, satisfactory life,” Axie said. “As a member of the City Council, he felt that should be one of the goals of the city.”</p></div></blockquote><div><p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_Hindman">Hindman</a> was Columbia's longest-serving mayor--15 years and five terms.</p><p><a href="https://www.columbiatribune.com/news/20190617/darwin-hindman-longest-serving-columbia-mayor-dead-at-86">The Columbia Tribune writes:</a></p><blockquote><p>The Katy Trail, now one of the premier hiking and biking trails in the nation, was created out of the ruins of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas rail line that was severely damaged in a Missouri River flood in 1986. Using a federal rail-banking law, Hindman led the push to obtain the line, found private funding from Edward D. “Ted” Jones and overcome landowner objections.</p><p>Former state Rep. Chris Kelly worked with Hindman to establish the trail. Hindman and Jones, owner of the Edward D. Jones financial services firm, did more than any other private citizens to establish the trail, Kelly said.</p><p>“Darwin brought his support and enthusiasm and knowledge to the project,” Kelly said. “He really understood the economic benefit of the Katy Trail to the state of Missouri and he has been proven absolutely correct.”</p></blockquote><p>When HIndman retired as Mayor in 2010, <a href="https://mobikefed.org/2010/04/columbias-mayor-darwin-hindman-founder-katy-trail-retires-receives-awards">Henry J. Waters of the Columbia Tribune summed up his contribution to founding the Katy Trail</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Hindman might fairly be remembered as the father of the Katy Trail.</p><p>In an effort to exploit the new opportunity provided by Congress with passage of the so-called Rails to Trails Act, the newly elected mayor of Columbia planned a trip to lobby then-Gov. John Ashcroft for support of a plan to convert abandoned railroad rights of way into a public, cross-state trail that would become one of Missouri’s most popular state parks.</p><p>Hindman says Ashcroft was for the idea but recognized the strong opposition it would face, mainly from rural interests. The mayor figured his entreaty would have more weight if he took along a well-known person from the business community. He knew that the president of an investment firm bearing his family name was interested in public recreation, so he asked Ted Jones. With typical lack of hesitation Jones quickly agreed, and the two set off for Jefferson City.</p><p>Gov. Ashcroft thanked the two solicitors for their civic-minded interest but reminded them the state had no money for such a project, at which time Jones quickly said he would pay for restrooms all along the trail, a kickoff gesture typical of Jones’ leadership style.<a href="https://www.railstotrails.org/our-work/trail-promotion/rail-trail-champions/#hindman"><div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 360px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="Hindman in 2010" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/4426594155_a851451ec9_b_d-350x467.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 467px; margin: 5px; ;" title="Hindman in 2010" width="350" height="467" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">Hindman in 2010</div></div></a></p></blockquote><p>Over the years, Hindman received many awards, including:</p><ul><li>Missouri Parks and Recreation Association: Public Achievement Award (1999)</li><li>American League of Bicyclists, the first National Outstanding Achievement Award (2010)</li><li>Trail Blazer Award, National Rails to Trails Conservancy (2011)</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.railstotrails.org/our-work/trail-promotion/rail-trail-champions/#hindman">The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy award reads:&nbsp; </a></p><blockquote><p>Darwin Hindman has been a lifelong campaigner for active living, recreational opportunities for all citizens, and walkable, bikeable communities.</p><p>As a citizen activist in the 1980s, he helped convince then-Missouri Governor John Ashcroft and the state legislature to convert an unused rail line into what is now one of the most recognizable and successful rail-trails in the country: the 237-mile&nbsp;<a href="http://www.traillink.com/trail/katy-trail-state-park.aspx">Katy Trail State Park</a>.</p><p>Hindman stated that having a father who was a professor of physical education instilled him with a belief in the importance of people being active and having recreation in their lives. However, as he grew older, he began to see that often we were not building our cities and communities to provide those opportunities.</p><p>Rather than bemoan this landscape, Hindman set his mind to change it. As a five-term mayor in his hometown of Columbia, Mo., he worked tirelessly to expand the city's system of trails, bike lanes and parks. Hindman is credited with the construction of nearly 100 miles of side trails, pedways and bike paths that have made Columbia one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in the nation.</p><p>He was also instrumental in securing a $25 million federal grant under the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program—for which RTC was the lead advocate and helped administer—to help Columbia develop a multi-modal transportation system. As a result of Hindman's efforts, Columbia is consistently rated one of America's most livable communities.</p><p>Awards received by Hindman include a Leadership for Healthy Communities award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bikeleague.org/" target="_blank">League of American Bicyclists</a>. In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama recognized him for his efforts to build a bicycle-friendly community.</p></blockquote><p>A <a href="https://mobikefed.org/search/node/darwin%20hindman">search of MoBikeFed.org for "Darwin Hindman"</a> brings up over 50 results--one measure of Hindman's impact on bicycling, walking and trails in Missouri over the years.</p></div></div> News champions columbia darwin hindman getabout nonmotorized pilot project obituary Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:00:10 +0000 Brent Hugh 8954 at https://mobikefed.org Over 100 miles of Katy Trail closed to flooding, devastating effects on Katy Trail businesses, communities https://mobikefed.org/2019/06/over-100-miles-katy-trail-closed-flooding-devastating-effects-katy-trail-businesses <p>According to the <a href="https://mostateparks.com/advisory/80026/current-flooding-conditions-and-alerts-%E2%80%93-katy-trail-state-park">Missouri State Parks Current Flooding Conditions page</a>, over 100 miles of the Katy Trail is currently closed due to flooding along the Missouri River. The <a href="https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/state-and-regional/missouri-river-flooding-dries-up-business-along-katy-trail/article_8770a9e6-b448-5b12-b86c-730c5b56a4ce.html#1">St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently reported on the devastating impact the loss of business is having on the Katy Trail businesses</a> and communities. <div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 559px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="Katy Trail Flooding at Good Woman Creek (MO State Parks)" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/61076175_2039878456138493_3590909984524730368_o-549x267.jpg" style="width: 549px; height: 267px; margin: 5px; ;" title="Katy Trail Flooding at Good Woman Creek (MO State Parks)" width="549" height="267" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">Katy Trail Flooding at Good Woman Creek (MO State Parks)</div></div></p><p>Many of those businesses depend on Katy Trail customers, with many at 50% or even more of their business coming from Katy Trail users.</p><p><em>(If you're planning a trail visit or vacation this year, keep in mind that over 180 miles of the <a href="https://bikekatytrail.com/katy-trail-map.aspx">Katy Trail and connected Rock Island Trail</a> are still open and completely unflooded!&nbsp; Some sections on the eastern portion are still open, and the entire stretch of Katy/Rock Island from Booneville west is completely unaffected.&nbsp; Because the businesses and communities there open and looking for business!)</em></p><p>A few takeaways from the Post-Dispatch article:</p><ul><li><strong>The Katy Trail really does have a dramatic positive effect on local businesses and communities along the trail.</strong>&nbsp; Many businesses are reporting a 50% drop in business, with trail users unable to access the trail.<br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>As unfortunate as the flooding is for these businesses, it also provides a good test case to show the impact of trail users on local economy, particularly in rural Missouri.</strong> For example: Is the Rock *Island Trail really going to have a strong positive effect on Rock Island communities? This information gives a strong <em>yes</em> answer to that question.<br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>If you're planning a Katy Trail trip this summer, be aware that much of the trail along the Missouri River is flooded.</strong> Even when floods recede, repairing damage could take some time.&nbsp; In 1993, over 100 miles of the Katy had to be re-built, and the situation looks similar in 2019<br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>The annual Katy Trail ride has been cancelled as well</strong>--another hit to the affected communities and businesses.<br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong><div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 410px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="Katy Trail Flooding at Logan Creek (MO State Parks)" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/60892408_2039878772805128_6024125767934279680_n-400x533.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 533px; margin: 5px; ;" title="Katy Trail Flooding at Logan Creek (MO State Parks)" width="400" height="533" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">Katy Trail Flooding at Logan Creek (MO State Parks)</div></div> Some riders are still attempting the route, using detour roads.</strong> But it is difficult, with many detour roads also flooded, and others not friendly for bicycling.<br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>On the other hand--remember that flooding is affecting portions of the trail along the Missouri River only.</strong> From Boonville on west, the Katy leaves the Missouri River and is not affected by river flooding.&nbsp; The entire Rock Island Spur portion of the Katy (47 miles from the Katy at Windsor to Pleasant Hill) is open and not affected by Missouri River flooding.<br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Please keep our flood-damaged communities and businesses in mind and do what you can to help. </strong>The floods really are devasting for so many communities, farms, and businesses in the midwest and across Missouri this year.&nbsp; The affects on the Katy and nearby communities are just a small part of the flood devastation.<br />&nbsp;</li></ul><p>From the Post-Dispatch article:</p><blockquote><p>“It was pretty much the worst Memorial Day ever,” said Jamie Ciszek, manager of Augusta Brew Haus, a trailside pub on the western edge of St. Charles County where bikers often stop for a drink and a burger as they traverse the crushed-gravel path.</p><p>To the west, Rick Hockemeyer sounded a similar note about the flood’s effect on business at his Mokane Market in southern Callaway County.</p><p>“It’s killing it. We’re doing half the amount of business,” Hockemeyer said. . . .</p><p>Back across the river, the Red Wheel Bike Shop has temporarily closed because of flooding in downtown Jefferson City.</p><p>“The river has won this round. The recent crest has closed West Main and has taken over our parking lot making it almost impossible to get to the store,” the shop said in a Facebook post last week. “This is only a temporary setback and we plan to open back up as soon as possible.”</p></blockquote><p><a href="https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/state-and-regional/missouri-river-flooding-dries-up-business-along-katy-trail/article_8770a9e6-b448-5b12-b86c-730c5b56a4ce.html#anchor_item_1">Read more on the Post-Dispatch web page.</a></p><p>More info:</p><ul><li><a href="https://mobikefed.org/2019/04/katy-trail-or-rock-island-trail-flooded-or-closed-here-how-find-out">Is the Katy Trail or the Rock Island Trail flooded or closed? MoBikeFed's page of trail closure resources is how you can find out . . . </a></li><li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/mobikefed/posts/10156456062068940?__xts__[0]=68.ARBl3SyjN3UOlzBpA7R3vFbRKrBSSaUbSDqOIWc5MV4FOiL1OofELujiYbpn0x9WqGDgPVGXb7CKprAZMhWajS9kmiyXbaxO-Pbh6uS28htspDNbNhNP6GZU2xwBB7srvi6BE-NcQ6jadTns5HOWgdwhTpsvag0XH_F8d2rY41Jzpq6vxHMylL3M5ezIPhmR7v_cQnG0UcPE8gx6CCuV4KUuz5nTC_rcbjbDLzWkB27fkzW3X1yehsMii99UlExEl6q4cxlWu_ID9UPdfvJCEUy9yzmIKuLerE4eqkZQi2xFenF6tk3OG5e0zq4_1BnwMALMTb3LGZ-1sA9EkLUEJcFpbAa8NgQDVFOgCqY3QkuQVjStTiHDwNg-TcUGIwFzmaZBYs-VJOBAYYs28orBS-DzPz-BH1pyvJ7g6BXHPxYaezFCITZ0tj35O86sacC48XqCcYIXen8DHwABu2-e_iWC82ufZrDjqyBY-bACvto&amp;__tn__=-R">More flooded Katy Trail photos posted by users on Facebook</a></li><li><a href="https://mobikefed.org/missouri-bicycle-trails-and-trail-maps">Missouri trails, trail connections, and maps</a></li><li><a href="https://mobikefed.org/missouri-gravel-grinding-bikepacking-bicycle-routes-and-maps">Missouri gravel and bikepacking routes and maps</a></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Helping support and promote Missouri's statewide trail system helps accomplish two of the major goals in MoBikeFed's <a href="http://mobikefed.org/vision">Vision for Bicycling, Walking, and Trails in Missouri</a>: <strong>Building a world-class bicycle and pedestrian network in Missouri</strong> and <strong>encouraging more bicycling and walking in Missouri</strong>.</em></p><p><em>Your <a href="http://mobikefed.org/membership">ongoing membership and generous financial support</a> helps turn our Vision into reality!</em></p><blockquote><div class="subscriber-only"><div class="subscriber-only"><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></div></div></blockquote> News 2019 economic benefits flooding katy trail Wed, 12 Jun 2019 17:01:00 +0000 Brent Hugh 8953 at https://mobikefed.org Before & After: Great Rivers Greenways' Centennial Greenway makes major bike/ped improvement to Delmar/I-170 area in St Louis, celebration June 17th https://mobikefed.org/2019/06/after-great-rivers-greenways-centennial-greenway-makes-major-bikeped-improvement-delmari-170 <p><a href="https://greatriversgreenway.org">Great Rivers Greenway</a> is celebrating some really major improvements to the <a href="https://greatriversgreenway.org/greenway/centennial-greenway-shaw-park-olive/">Centennial Greenway</a> at the intersection of Delmar Blvd, McKnight, I-170, and the Centennial Greenway.</p><p>Great Rivers says:</p><blockquote><p>Improvements to the intersection where the Centennial Greenway: Shaw Park to Olive crosses Delmar Blvd. are complete! Stop by to see the new intersection at a celebration on June 17, 2019! We’ll be on the greenway between 4:30 and 6:30 pm with some treats, maps and other greenway swag. Hope to see you then!</p></blockquote><p>As you can see from the before and after photos below, the improvements in bicycle &amp; pedestrian access through these difficult intersections are huge.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Crossing McKnight - Before &amp; After</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><img alt="Crossing McKnight - before" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/delmar-170-centennial-greenway2-650x241.png" style="width: 650px; height: 241px;" title="Crossing McKnight - before" width="650" height="241" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Centennial Greenway crossing McKnight - after" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/delmar-paul-wojciechowski-img_3342-650x488.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 488px;" title="Centennial Greenway crossing McKnight - after" width="650" height="488" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Green is for bicyclists only, so there is a separate portion of the crosswalk, in white, for pedestrians.</em></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Crossing Delmar - Before &amp; After</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Crossing Delmar - before" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/delmar-170-centennial-greenway-651x236.png" style="width: 651px; height: 236px;" title="Crossing Delmar - before" width="651" height="236" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Centennial Greenway crossing Delmar - after" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/delmar-paul-wojciechowski-img_3351-650x488.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 488px;" title="Centennial Greenway crossing Delmar - after" width="650" height="488" /></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Centennial Greenway along McKnight and crossing Delmar - after" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/delmar-paul-wojciechowski-img_3348-650x867.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 867px;" title="Centennial Greenway along McKnight and crossing Delmar - after" width="650" height="867" /></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Overview--Centennial Greenway connection through a difficult intersection:</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Delmar &amp;amp; Centennial Greenway overview" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/delmar-170-centennial-greenway3-700x685.png" style="width: 700px; height: 685px;" title="Delmar &amp;amp; Centennial Greenway overview. The challenge was to connect the greenway (top &amp;amp; bottom) through this difficult intersection" width="700" height="685" /><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>It's great to see agencies tackling our more difficult bike, ped, and trail connection problems.&nbsp; A connection like this is in a difficult setting, a very urban area with a lot of competition for space. Sometimes in this type of situation, it will cost more to connect a trail, sidewalk, or bikewalk a few hundred yards than 10 miles of trail might cost out in a greenfield situation.</p><p>But--this is where people live and where people travel.&nbsp; Many people.</p><p>We need connections like this in places like this most of all.</p><p><a href="https://greatriversgreenway.org/greenway/centennial-greenway-shaw-park-olive/">More about Great Rivers Greenway's Centennial Greenway here.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Photos courtesy Google, Paul Wojciechowski, Alta Planning + Design</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p></blockquote><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Link:&nbsp;</div> <a href="https://greatriversgreenway.org/greenway/centennial-greenway-shaw-park-olive/" 0="a:0:{}">Before &amp; After: Great Rivers Greenways&#039; Centennial Greenway makes major bike/ped improvement to Delmar/I-170 area in St Louis, celebration June 17th</a> </div> </div> </div> News centennial greenway crosswalk Great Rivers Greenway District infrastructure intersections st. louis trail connections Mon, 10 Jun 2019 13:00:45 +0000 Brent Hugh 8952 at https://mobikefed.org Rock Island Trail "Rock the Trail" ribbon-cutting June 1st, 10am - Jackson County opens Phase 1 of connector to Rock Island/Katy Trail State Park https://mobikefed.org/2019/05/rock-island-trail-rock-trail-ribbon-cutting-june-1st-10am-jackson-county-opens-phase-1 <p>In 2016, <a href="https://mobikefed.org/2016/05/historic-deal-missouri-trails-jackson-county-kcata-purchase-177-mile-section-rock-island-tra">Jackson County and the KCATA announced a deal to acquire 17.7 miles of the Rock Island Corridor</a>. 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: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1620712264740042/"><div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 460px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="Rock the Trail ribbon-cutting 10am on Saturday, June 1st, 2019" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/60171991_2746067955408515_6470757454245265408_n-450x300.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px; margin: 5px; ;" title="Rock the Trail ribbon-cutting 10am on Saturday, June 1st, 2019" width="450" height="300" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">Rock the Trail ribbon-cutting 10am on Saturday, June 1st, 2019</div></div></a></p><blockquote><p><span>Jackson County will celebrate the official opening of Phase 1 of the Rock Island Trail on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/nationaltrailsday" target="_blank">#NationalTrailsDay</a>, Saturday, June 1 . Please join us for the "Rock The Trail" Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 10 am. </span></p></blockquote><p><span>Location is <a href="https://goo.gl/maps/woiA4eAJSW2wcnjr5">12600 E. 98th Street, Kansas City, Missouri</a>, just off of Bannister Road and near the trail's Vale Tunnel, which passes under Bannister. </span></p><p><span>The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1620712264740042/">Facebook Event Page for Rock the Trail is here</a>. </span></p><p><span>The <a href="https://lstribune.net/index.php/2019/05/16/jackson-county-announces-official-opening-for-phase-one-of-rock-island-trail/">Lee's Summit Tribune adds more details</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p>Join Frank White, Jr., Jackson County Executive; Theresa Galvin, Jackson County Legislative Chair; Tony Miller, Jackson County Legislator 3rd District At-Large; and Robbie Makinen, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority CEO</p><p>The first 6.4 miles of the trail stretches from Jefferson Street, west of MO-291 in Lee’s Summit, to Brickyard Road, south of Blue Parkway in Kansas City.</p><p>In addition to a new surface for walking and biking, the construction project included the rehabilitation and preservation of existing bridges at 3rd Street, Chipman Road, the Little Blue River and historic Vale Tunnel.</p></blockquote><p>This completes about half of the Jackson County portion of the Rock Island Trail.&nbsp; Phase 2--which the Rock Island Authority has already begun preliminary work on--extends northwest about 7 more miles towards Raytown and the Truman Sports Complex.</p><p><div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 360px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="This project completes about half of Segment 1 (orange--Kansas City to Pleasant " src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/rockislandtrail-quadstate-2014-07e-focussedq_0-350x271.png" style="width: 350px; height: 271px; margin: 5px; ;" title="This project completes about half of Segment 1 (orange--Kansas City to Pleasant Hill). Segment 2 is complete (blue). Segment 3 is currently under discussion between Ameren and Missouri State Parks." width="350" height="271" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">This project completes about half of Segment 1 (orange--Kansas City to Pleasant Hill). Segment 2 is complete (blue). Segment 3 is currently under discussion between Ameren and Missouri State Parks.</div></div></p><h2>Bicycling to the Rock Island Trail from anywhere in the KC metro--or St Joseph</h2><p>However, you can already make good bicycling connections to the north end of Rock Island Trail Phase 1 from nearly every part of the Kansas City area--and even points as far north as St Joseph--using <a href="https://mobikefed.org/rock-island-trail-western-connections#kc">MoBikeFed's low-stress Rock Island bicycle connector maps &amp; routes</a>. These suggested routes connect trails and routes created by a plethora of communities and agencies across west-central Missouri.</p><h2>Bicycling across the Greenwood Gap to get to the State Parks Katy/Rock Island system</h2><p>For now there is a gap between the Jackson County Rock Island Trail and Missouri State Parks' portion of the Rock Island Trail, which connects to the Katy Trail--the so-called "Greenwood Gap."</p><p>Again, we have provided <a href="https://mobikefed.org/rock-island-trail-western-connections#greenwood">a low-stress, low traffic suggested route of about 10 miles to connect this new section of the Rock Island Trail with the Katy/Rock Island cross-state system</a>, which now has around 369 miles of contiguous, connected trail.</p><h2>Connecting Missouri's major metro areas--and many communities in between</h2><p>From the Rock Island Trail, you can bicycle via a seamless trail connection to Clinton, Jefferson City, Columbia, St. Charles, and many points in between, using the <a href="https://mobikefed.org/rock-island-trail-western-connections#rockkaty">Katy Trail/Rock Island Trail State Park system plus connected local trails totalling 369 miles</a>.</p><p>But don't forget that--with the <a href="http://mobikefed.org/butterfield">new Butterfield Stage Connection</a>--you can also ride a beautiful, low-traffic, mostly off-road route all the way from Kansas City to Warsaw, Bolivar, or Springfield.</p><p><iframe scrolling="no" src="https://ridewithgps.com/embeds?type=event&amp;eventId=91754&amp;description=Connect%205%20major%20metro%20areas%20in%20Missouri%20and%20many%20points%20in%20between&amp;sampleGraph=true&amp;defaultShowAll=true" style="width: 1px; min-width: 100%; height: 700px; border: none;"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><img alt="Rock Island + Katy + Butterfield = good bicycle connection KC to Springfield to " src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/butterfield-overview-map-with-rockislandconnector-2019-05e.png" title="Rock Island + Katy + Butterfield = good bicycle connection KC to Springfield to STL" width="444" height="496" /></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://mobikefed.org/rock-island-trail-western-connections#kc"><img alt="How to connect to the Rock Island Trail from (almost) anywhere in the Kansas Cit" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/rockislandtrail-kansascitytrailconnections-overview.png" title="How to connect to the Rock Island Trail from (almost) anywhere in the Kansas City area" width="513" height="571" /></a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="display: none;"><img alt="How to connect to the Rock Island Trail from (almost) anywhere in the Kansas Cit" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/rockislandtrail-kansascitytrailconnections-overview.png" title="How to connect to the Rock Island Trail from (almost) anywhere in the Kansas City area" width="513" height="571" /> </span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Working to support and create seamless, world-class bicycle and pedestrian connections across Missouri support several of the major goals of <a href="http://mobikefed.org/vision">MoBikeFed's Vision for Bicycling and Walking in Missouri</a>.</em></p><p><em>Your <a href="http://mobikefed.org/membership">ongoing membership and generous financial support</a> helps turn our Vision into reality!</em></p> News jackson county kansas city kcata ridekc rock island rock island railroad rock island trail trails Fri, 31 May 2019 07:37:00 +0000 Brent Hugh 8951 at https://mobikefed.org ALERT: St Joseph trail rejected by Council--who are reconsidering it May 22nd & voting June 3rd - Residents, please contact City Council, attend meetings https://mobikefed.org/2019/05/alert-st-joseph-trail-rejected-council-who-are-reconsidering-it-may-22nd-voting-june-3rd <p><em><strong>[UPDATE May 22nd, 2019: After a work session, which clarified the situation with the grant and with the proposed trail alignment and options, the St Joseph City Council indicated unanimously that they support the reintroduction of the motion to accept the grant and plan to support the motion when it is presented in June.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>City staff gave an excellent presentation about the importance of the trail and the grant, many citizens contacted the City Council and attended the City Council Work Session.&nbsp; MoBikeFed was pleased to be able to speak about the trail and the importance of the corridor not only for the neighborhoods and the city of St Joseph, but also as a key part of the Quad-State Trail plan.]</strong></em></p><p>The <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/council-to-reconsider-north-side-trail/article_f4d331e2-66a4-11e9-99c5-634614afdde6.html&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1558545537920000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHN_Xj0FLpvLINZvtrWlA0AknpazA" href="http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/council-to-reconsider-north-side-trail/article_f4d331e2-66a4-11e9-99c5-634614afdde6.html" target="_blank">St Joseph City Council recently voted to reject a $200,000 trails grant</a> for three key trail sections that have long been on the region's transportation plan. <div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 460px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="The grant funds three trail segments that have long been in St Joseph plans" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/stjoseph-trail-proposed-segments-450x451.png" style="width: 450px; height: 451px; margin: 5px; ;" title="The grant funds three trail segments that have long been part of the St Joseph regional transportation plan, developed through broad public input. Now the grant and all the trails are being held up by one neighbor with concerns about trail users on a rail line adjoining his property." width="450" height="451" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">The grant funds three trail segments that have long been part of the St Joseph regional transportation plan, developed through broad public input. Now the grant and all the trails are being held up by one neighbor with concerns about trail users on a rail line adjoining his property.</div></div></p><p>Now the City Council is reconsidering the trails and acceptance of the grant. If you live, work, or bicycle in St Joseph, I hope you will consider joining us at a St Joseph City Council meeting Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019, or contacting the St Joseph City Council members to let them know you support the trails.</p><ul><li><strong>St Joseph City Council Work Session to reconsider trails grant acceptance</strong><br />Wed, May 22nd, 2019, 4-6pm<br />City Hall - 4th Floor Conference Room , 100 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64501<br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Citizens can attend the meeting and give a brief public comment in support of the trails if desired<br />&nbsp;</strong></li><li><strong>Trail opponents will definitely be attending, so it is important to have supporters attending and speaking as well</strong><br />&nbsp;</li></ul><p>If you can't attend the meeting in person (or even if you can!) <strong>a quick email or phone call to your St Joseph City Council members</strong> can make a huge difference.</p><p>City Countil Contact info and suggested message points are below. Plan is for a final City Council vote June 3rd so messages between now &amp; June 3rd will really help!</p><p>Hope to see a lot of St Joseph folks at the City Council meeting tomorrow!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>ST JOSEPH CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFO</strong></p><p><em>If you live, work, travel, bicycle, or visit St Joseph, you can contact the City Council and let them know you support the city's trail network.</em></p><p><em>The Mayor &amp; At-Large council members represent the entire city. Everyone can contact them.</em></p><p><em>The five Council members assigned to a District, it is best to contact the one from your own district. If you're not sure of your city council district, <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.ci.st-joseph.mo.us/DocumentCenter/View/84&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1558545537920000&amp;usg=AFQjCNH1zdlZDm5OkZecE1ZU4jrCZ1Q-cw" href="https://www.ci.st-joseph.mo.us/DocumentCenter/View/84" target="_blank">check this map</a>.</em></p><p><strong>Bill McMurray</strong><br /><strong>Mayor</strong><br />(816) 271-4640<br /><a href="mailto:bmcmurray@stjoemo.org" target="_blank">bmcmurray@stjoemo.org</a></p><p><strong>Madison Davis</strong><br /><strong>District I (Northwest part of city)</strong><br />(816) 244-9250<br /><a href="mailto:mdavis@stjoemo.org" target="_blank">mdavis@stjoemo.org</a></p><p><strong>Marty Novak</strong><br /><strong>District II (Downtown/central city)</strong><br />(816) 244-3906<br /><a href="mailto:mnovak@stjoemo.org" target="_blank">mnovak@stjoemo.org</a></p><p><strong>PJ Kovac</strong><br /><strong>District III (Southwest part of city)</strong><br />(816) 261-2934<br /><a href="mailto:pjkovac@stjoemo.org" target="_blank">pjkovac@stjoemo.org</a></p><p><strong>Gary Roach </strong><br /><strong>District IV (Northeast part of city)</strong><br />(816) 341-4506<br /><a href="mailto:groach@stjoemo.org" target="_blank">groach@stjoemo.org</a></p><p><strong>Russell Moore</strong><br /><strong>District V (Southeast plus some central parts of city)</strong><br />(816) 752-8363<br /><a href="mailto:rmoore@stjoemo.org" target="_blank">rmoore@stjoemo.org</a></p><p><strong>Brenda Blessing</strong><br /><strong>At-Large (Entire city)</strong><br /> (816) 244-3913<br /><a href="mailto:bblessing@stjoemo.org" target="_blank">bblessing@stjoemo.org</a></p><p><strong>Brian Myers</strong><br /><strong>At-Large (Entire city)</strong><br />(816) 273-3108<br /><a href="mailto:brmyers@stjoemo.org" target="_blank">brmyers@stjoemo.org</a></p><p><strong>Kent O'Dell</strong><br /><strong>At-Large, Deputy Mayor (Entire City)</strong><br />(816) 341-4502<br /><a href="mailto:kodell@stjoemo.org" target="_blank">kodell@stjoemo.org</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>SUGGESTED MESSAGE POINTS </strong></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>Councilman or Councilwoman XXXX,</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>I [live/work/visit/own a business in/own property in/etc] St. Joseph.&nbsp; I am writing to let you know that I strongly support the city's trails plan. Please vote in favor of the St Joseph trails grant.</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>[Tell a brief story about why bicycling, walking, trails, etc. is important to you, your family, your neighborhood.]</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>Some possible points you can make:</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>&nbsp; - These trails are part of the regional transportation plan which has had years of public input and thousands of public comments</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>&nbsp;- The trails are vital connections in a planned Quad-State Trail System</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>&nbsp;- Most cities around Missouri are fast becoming more bicycle friendly and building trails, on-street bike networks, and much more.</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>&nbsp;- The city can work with neighbors to address their concerns, but the concerns of a very few individuals should not make the decision for something that benefits an entire city</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>&nbsp;- Oftentimes neighbors who are the biggest opponents prior to a trail coming into their neighborhood become the biggest users once it is in place</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>&nbsp;- Trails are friendly, non-threatening, help build great neighborhoods and improve property values</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>&nbsp;- These trails make vital connections for people who walk and bicycle that wont' be possible otherwise</em></p><div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Link:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/council-to-reconsider-north-side-trail/article_f4d331e2-66a4-11e9-99c5-634614afdde6.html">ALERT: St Joseph trail rejected by Council--who are reconsidering it May 22nd &amp; voting June 3rd - Residents, please contact City Council, attend meetings</a> </div> </div> </div> Advocacy Alerts News Advocacy Alert grant opposition St Joseph trails Tue, 21 May 2019 18:11:00 +0000 Brent Hugh 8946 at https://mobikefed.org Bike-to-Work Day 2019: Jefferson City named Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community, Kirkwood HM, 1.5 million Missourians now live in a Bicycle Friendly Community https://mobikefed.org/2019/05/bike-work-day-2019-jefferson-city-named-bronze-bicycle-friendly-community-kirkwood-hm-15 <p>Today is <a href="https://mobikefed.org/2011/05/bicyclepedestrian-observances-bill-passes-missouri-general-assembly">Missouri Bike-to-Work Day</a>--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. <div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 410px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="Jefferson City cyclist can ride across the Missouri River to enjoy the city park" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/5610776953_fe8e303eed_z_d-400x225.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 225px; margin: 5px; ;" title="Jefferson City cyclist can ride across the Missouri River to enjoy the city park and recreation areas on the north side" width="400" height="225" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">Jefferson City cyclist can ride across the Missouri River to enjoy the city park and recreation areas on the north side</div></div></p><p>Jefferson City and Kirkwood join 10 other Missouri communities with Bicycle Friendly Community recognition--and with a total population of <span class="cwcot">1,453,449 living in those communities.</span></p><p><span class="cwcot">So nearly 1.5 million Missourians live in an officially recognized Bicycle Friendly Community.&nbsp; That's worth celebrating!</span></p><p><span class="cwcot">The two Missouri cities joined <a href="https://bikeleague.org/content/39-cities-and-towns-earn-awards-efforts-design-safer-and-more-connected-places-people-bike">37 other communities nationwide who were recognized this month by the League of American Bicyclists</a> for their work in becoming more bicycle friendly. There are now <a href="https://www.bikeleague.org/community">464 Bicycle Friendly Communities nationwide and nearly 100 Honorable Mentions</a>.</span></p><h2><span class="cwcot">Jefferson City worked hard to achieve Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly recognition</span></h2><p><span class="cwcot">Officials, staff, and residents in Jefferson City were pretty excited to receive their Bronze-level award. <a href="http://www.newstribune.com/news/news/story/2019/may/15/jefferson-city-receives-bicycle-friendly-community-designation/778773/">According to the New Tribune</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p>To receive a four-year BFC designation, Jefferson City had to earn points for things the city has done to promote cycling, including adding bicycle racks and creating bicycle lanes. Those points translate to bronze, silver, gold, platinum and diamond ranks.</p><p>Over the last five years, the city has made several strides toward becoming more bicycle-friendly. It added bicycle racks and lanes throughout the city, brought in the bike-share program, resurrected its bicycle subcommittee, created more cycling classes and started a local cyclist-friendly businesses recognition, among other items.</p><p>"It feels phenomenal," said Ashley Varner, healthy communities coordinator for Capital Region Medical Center. "All of those pieces of the puzzle awarded us points as a community to go towards this."</p></blockquote><p>Alex Rotenberry of Jefferson City Planning wrote:</p><blockquote><p>Members from Jefferson City Public Works, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Capital Region Medical Center's Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities, and Jefferson City Police Department submitted the application for the award. The application, along with public surveys of local cyclists and bike advocates, was considered by the League of American Bicyclists when awarding the bronze level designation.</p></blockquote><h2>Going beyond the basics</h2><p>Jefferson City really has done a great job the past several years in building a more bicycle friendly city.&nbsp; For many years the city has been creating a trail system, but in the past several years city leaders have made some important additions to that:</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.komu.com/videos/jefferson-city-region-may-adopt-first-ever-pedestrian-and-bike-plan">A comprehensive regional bicycle plan</a><br />&nbsp;</li><li>Access across the Missouri River Bridge to the Katy Trail and seamless bicycle connectivity from the downtown/Capitol area and the Greenway Trail&nbsp; along Wears Creek across the river to the Katy<br />&nbsp;</li><li>A growing network of bike lanes and bicycle friendly streets<br />&nbsp;</li><li>A well used bike share system (as well as a scooter-share system)<br />&nbsp;</li><li>Educational and outreach programs, like Bike Month activities<br />&nbsp;</li><li>The City itself is a Bicycle Friendly Business<br />&nbsp;</li><li>More plans are underway, like creating regional routes to connect to the Rock Island Trail, and creating a trail connection to Adrian's Island<br />&nbsp;</li><li>The City has hosted the <a href="http://mobikefed.org/MoActiveTransportationSummit">Missouri Active Transportation Summit</a> for the past two years.</li></ul><p>Congratulations to Jefferson City, Kirkwood, and all the rest of Missouri's Bicycle Friendly Communities, Businesses, and Universities.</p><p>If you would like to get your community, business, or university on the Bicycle Friendly track, check out our <a href="https://mobikefed.org/BicycleFriendlyMissouri">Bicycle Friendly Missouri page for information and resources</a> to get started.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Building and supporting a more bicycle friendly Missouri, and supporting our Bicycle Friendly Communities, Businesses, and Universities helps accomplish several of the primary goals in our <a href="http://mobikefed.org/Vision">Vision for Bicycling and Walking in Missouri</a>.</em></p><p><em>Your <a href="http://mobikefed.org/membership">ongoing membership and generous financial support</a> helps turn our Vision into reality!</em></p><p><em>Have you considered turning your level of support up a notch by <a href="http://mobikefed.org/sustaining">becoming a Sustaining Member</a>--starting at just $5/month . . . </em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 11px;"><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/monewshorizon/5610776953/in/photolist-9xNGvF-9xRJzm-eajduh-9xNGKr-9xNKbi-eajdpU-9xNFMg-n7NdHy-qpEmFq-9uXa5X-9uX7dH-jxywm-9v172G-9v19sW-9v15PU-9v17cy-9uXbh4-9v1aKj-7sPxbm-eadv16-n7HLo6-4yexHL-eadvaH-4yajtp-n7Kxsd-eajcm3-9xRKFd-e9VcXR-9xNQ3k-i6LbX-n7HGbk-3MzCU6-3MDVE7-4yajhV-5m2tTt-4yajqH-n7HEar-9xNLpz-9xRLPs-ea1SS1-4yajbB-4GyqDG-71cGyC-4GudKx-n7HHBM-4GudGz-4GubST-n7Lo6M-4Gyqy5-71cGFs">Missouri News Horizon on FlickR</a></em> <em>License: <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">CC BY 2.0</a></em></span></p> News bicycle friendly community bicycle friendly missouri bike month bike month 2019 jefferson city kirkwood Fri, 17 May 2019 11:15:53 +0000 Brent Hugh 8940 at https://mobikefed.org UPDATE on Rock Island State Park bill passage; Majorities were overwhelming in both House and Senate; Please say thanks to supporting legislators today https://mobikefed.org/2019/05/update-rock-island-state-park-bill-passage-majorities-were-overwhelming-both-house-and <p>Friday is the last day of the 2019 Missouri legislative session--and we have a LOT to celebrate this session with the <a href="https://mobikefed.org/2019/05/great-day-missouri-sb-196-creating-rock-island-state-park-endownment-fund-and-giving-legisla">passage of SB 196, which will create the <strong>Rock Island Trail State Park Endowment Fund</strong></a>. <div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 460px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="The Rock Island Trail State Park Endowment Fund was one of the top priorities at" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/20190423_084417-capitol-day-2019-crop-450x270.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 270px; margin: 5px; ;" title="The Rock Island Trail State Park Endowment Fund was one of the top priorities at Capitol Day 2019" width="450" height="270" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">The Rock Island Trail State Park Endowment Fund was one of the top priorities at Capitol Day 2019</div></div></p><p>SB 196, which now awaits Governor Parson's signature, gives strong legislative support to the idea of the Rock Island Trail State Park--and State Parks needed that legislative seal of approval as they move forward with negotiations to accept the corridor as a rail-trail between now and August 2019.</p><p>The 144-Mike Rock Island corridor under discussion will, if completed, become one of the longest new rail-trails in the U.S. in recent decades.</p><p>A few important updates on the bill that have come to light since it passed last Friday:</p><ul><li><strong>Overwhelming majorities of both House and Senate supported the Rock Island Trail State Park</strong>--<em>33-1 Senate</em> and <em>134-6</em> House. This was not a close vote.<br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>We and other Rock Island Trail allies were worried about details of SB 196 language until the very last minute</strong>.&nbsp; But thanks to on-the-ball legislators and staff, it all turned out well. <em>Details below.</em><br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Full text of the bill as finally passed</strong> - <em>below.</em><br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Most important! <em>Please</em> take a few minutes to call or email key Missouri Senators and Representatives who supported this bill and give them a hearty thank you today.</strong></li></ul><h2>Contact Senators and Representatives to say thanks!</h2><p>When we have been asking for legislators to support something--long and loud!--one of the most important things we can do once they have passed legislation supporting our work, is to say a hearty thank you.<div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 410px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="Segment 2 is complete and open - Segment 1 is under construction - Segment 3 is the subject of SB 196 and this article" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/rockislandtrail-quadstate-2014-07e-focussedq_0-400x310.png" style="width: 400px; height: 310px; margin: 5px; ;" title="Segment 2 is complete and open - Segment 1 is under construction - Segment is the subject of SB 196 and this article. 144 miles and shown in red on this diagram." width="400" height="310" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">Segment 2 is complete and open - Segment 1 is under construction - Segment is the subject of SB 196 and this article. 144 miles and shown in red on this diagram.</div></div></p><p>Here are legislators you can contact to say thank you, along with the contact info:</p><ul><li><strong>Senator Mike Bernskoetter of Jefferson City</strong> - sponsor of Senate bill, has largest piece of Rock Island Trail in his district - <strong><em>Mike.Bernskoetter@senate.mo.gov - </em>(573) 751-2076</strong><br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Rep. David Wood of Versailles</strong> - sponsor of House bill and has a long stretch of the Rock Island Trail in his district - <em><strong>David.Wood@house.mo.gov - 573-751-2077 </strong></em><br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Rep. Peggy McGaugh of Carollton</strong> - handled SB 196 in the House. This is similar to being a bill sponsor, and means she was working hard to support the bill, and move it through committees and to the floor in a timely fashion - <strong><em>Peggy.McGaugh@house.mo.gov - 573-751-1468</em></strong><br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Rep. Sonya Anderson of Springfield</strong> - allowed the Rock Island Trail State Park language to be amended onto her bill, HB 1206, and then worked hard for passage of the Rock Island Trail State Park language - <strong><em>Sonya.Anderson@house.mo.gov - 573-751-2948</em></strong><br />&nbsp;</li><li><em><strong>Governor Parson</strong> - </em>SB 196 is up for the Governor's signature (or veto!) next. As far as we know, he will support it. But a quick note thanking him for supporting the Rock Island Trail and asking for his signature on SB 196 would be helpful. <strong><a href="https://governor.mo.gov/contact-us"><em>Contact page</em></a><em> - (573) 751-3222</em></strong><br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Your own Missouri Senator and Representative</strong> - nearly every Senator and Representative voted for SB 196, so this is a great chance to say thanks! <em><a href="https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/default.aspx">Look up Missouri State Senators and Representatives by address here</a>.</em></li></ul><h2>Overwhelming majorities in both chambers support Rock Island Trail State Park</h2><p>In both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly, support for the Rock Island Trail State Park was overwhelming: <div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 411px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="Representatives of MoBikeFed and MoRIT meet with Ameren in 2014 to deliver petit" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/2014-08-14_05.42.17-401x267.jpg" style="width: 401px; height: 267px; margin: 5px; ;" title="Representatives of MoBikeFed and MoRIT meet with Ameren in 2014 to deliver petition signatures in support of the Rock Island Trail. Both MoRIT and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy played a key role in promoting the trail, helping build both local community and nationwide support for the effort." width="401" height="267" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">Representatives of MoBikeFed and MoRIT meet with Ameren in 2014 to deliver petition signatures in support of the Rock Island Trail. Both MoRIT and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy played a key role in promoting the trail, helping build both local community and nationwide support for the effort.</div></div></p><ul><li><strong>Senate: 33-1</strong> (<a href="https://house.mo.gov/amendments.aspx?bill=SB196&amp;year=2019&amp;code=R">Senate Journal/record of vote</a>)<br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>House: 134-6</strong> (<a href="https://house.mo.gov/amendments.aspx?bill=SB196&amp;year=2019&amp;code=R">House Journal/record of vote</a>)</li></ul><p>That's about a lopsided a majority as you get on any bill on any topic in Missouri.</p><p>There is some history there--because <strong>the bill to approve the Katy Trail was a nailbiter</strong>: When enabling legislation for the Katy Trail was up for a vote in the late 1980s--sponsored by young Senator <a href="https://mobikefed.org/search/node/%22jay%20nixon%22%20OR%20%22governor%20nixon%22%20OR%20%22gov.%20nixon%22">Jay Nixon</a>--the vote went down to the wire and finally passed by just one vote.</p><h2>Statutory language on Rock Island Trail State Park Endowment Fund improved thanks to sponsors and staff</h2><p>One of the small behind-the-scenes issue Rock Island Trail advocates had been working on all session, was to get the statutory language in the bill exactly right.</p><p>The first versions of the bill said funds in the Rock Island Trail State Park Endownment Fund could be used "for the purpose of operating, maintaining, and securing any portion of the former Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad corridor".</p><p>We wanted to be sure--and perfectly clear that--the funds could also be collected and used for <strong><em>building and developing </em>the trail</strong>.</p><p>Because from our perspective, that is the most important thing that needs to be done!</p><p>All the legislative sponsors, staff, and State Parks staff agreed with this. But once a bill has started to make its way through hearings and votes, it can be hard to make those little language tweaks.</p><p>After the first hearing, an amendment introduced the key word "development".</p><p><a href="https://rockislandtrail.org/"><div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 335px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/morrit-transparent-325x177.png" style="width: 325px; height: 177px; margin: 5px; ;" title="Local grassroots organization the Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc, has done an amazing job building local support for the trail all along the corridor. Thanks to all who have supported MoRIT over the years!" width="325" height="177" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">Local grassroots organization the Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc, has done an amazing job building local support for the trail all along the corridor. Thanks to all who have supported MoRIT over the years!</div></div></a></p><p>But reading the bill carefully after another hearing, we realized there are actually <em>two places</em> in the bill where the change needs to be made--and only one had been changed.</p><p>Greg Harris of the Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc. talked to House and Senate staff, reminded legislators about the issues in hearings, and did all the other needed follow up.</p><p>And finally on May 6th, Rep. Wood introduced a House Floor Amendment to add the missing word.&nbsp; The amendment passed and when the Senate passed the bill May 9th, all the details were fixed.</p><p>Thanks to all involved for a job well done!</p><h2>Full text of SB 196, creating the Rock Island Trail State Park Endownment Fund</h2><blockquote><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook,Bold&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook\,Bold&quot;">253.177. 1. There is hereby created in the state treasury the "Rock Island Trail State Park Endowment Fund". The fund shall be administered by the department of natural resources. Any grant, gift, donation, devise, or bequest of moneys, funds, real or personal property, or other assets to the department of natural resources for the operation, maintenance, development, or security of any portion of the former Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad corridor located east of milepost 215.325 shall be deposited with the state treasurer to the credit of the fund. All income, interest, rights, or rent earned through the operation of the fund shall also be credited to the fund. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook,Bold&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook\,Bold&quot;">2. The Rock Island Trail State Park endowment fund shall be used by the department of natural resources for the purpose of operating, maintaining, developing, and securing any portion of the former Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad corridor located east of milepost 215.325 that is owned, leased, or operated by the department of natural resources and for no other purpose. Any funds previously deposited into the state park earnings fund created in section 253.090 for such purpose are hereby transferred into the Rock Island Trail State Park endowment fund. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook,Bold&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook\,Bold&quot;">3. The state treasurer shall be the custodian of all moneys, bonds, securities, interests, and rights therein deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the Rock Island Trail State Park endowment fund and shall invest the moneys in the fund in a manner as provided by law. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook,Bold&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook\,Bold&quot;">4. Funds from the Rock Island Trail State Park endowment fund shall be expended, refunded, or transferred only upon appropriation by the general assembly. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 33.080 to the contrary, any moneys remaining in the fund at the end of the biennium shall not revert to the credit of the general revenue fund. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook,Bold&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook\,Bold&quot;">5. If the United States Surface Transportation Board vacates the Notice of Interim Trail Use (NITU) issued in a decision served on February 26, 2015, in docket number AB-1068 (Sub-No. 3X), any moneys in the fund may be refunded to the individuals or entities that have made contributions to the fund or may be transferred to a new trail sponsor or other entity that has accepted responsibility for management of any portion of the former Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad corridor located east of milepost 215.325 as a public recreational trail under a new NITU subject to the National Trails System Act, 16 U.S.C. Section 1241, et seq.</span></p></blockquote><ul><li class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://www.senate.mo.gov/19info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=613087"><span style="font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook,Bold&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook\,Bold&quot;">SB 196 page on the Missouri Senate web site</span></a><br />&nbsp;</li><li class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/sb196-rock-island-trail-state-park-endowment-fund-trulyagreedfinallypassedversion-2019-05-09.pdf"><span style="font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook,Bold&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook\,Bold&quot;">Full text of SB 196 as Truly Agreed and Finally Passed</span></a><br />&nbsp;</li></ul><h2>Thank you</h2><p>Special thanks in all of this must go to:</p><ul><li><strong>The <a href="https://rockislandtrail.org/">Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc.</a></strong>--a group created to specifically focus on developing the Rock Island corridor as a trail, and which has been dedicated and dogged every step fo the way so far<br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>The <a href="https://rockislandtrail.org/">Rails-to-Trails Conservancy</a>,</strong> the national group dedicated to creating and developing rail-trail corridors<br />&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Dozens of Missouri groups and thousands of individuals</strong> and groups across the state and the U.S. who have worked to support the idea of the Rock Island Trail over the past decades</li></ul><p>&nbsp;More Rock Island info:</p><ul><li><em>More about the Rock Island Trail--including the status of the many segments developed, under development, or under consideration--in our <a href="http://mobikefed.org/RockIslandTrail">Missouri Rock Island Trail page</a>.</em><br />&nbsp;</li><li>More about riding the open portions of the Rock Island Trail--and the many trail connections to and from the Rock Island--on our <a href="http://mobikefed.org/2019/04/369-miles-connected-trail-across-missouri-new-rock-islandkaty-trail-connections-maps-routes-">369 miles of connected trail across Missouri</a> page<br />&nbsp;</li><li>The <a href="http://mobikefed.org/butterfield">Butterfield Stage Experience</a> - a new mostly gravel bicycle route/trail connection that bridges the gap between the Katy/Rock Island Trail system and Springfield. Over <a href="https://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience">250 miles on the main route</a> and <a href="https://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience/LocalRouteOptions">450 miles of interconnecting regional routes connecting the Katy &amp; Rock Island Trails to many nearyb communities</a> combine with the existing <a href="https://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience/LocalRouteOptions">369 miles of seamless trail connections on the Katy/Rock Island system</a> to give Missouri over 1000 miles in a single seamless, interconnected, low or no traffic trail and bicycle route system.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Creating a world-class bicycle, pedestrian, and trails transportation network across Missouri is one of the four major goals of <a href="http://mobikefed.org/vision">MoBikeFed's Vision for Bicycling and Walking in Missouri</a>. Creating, promoting, and encouraging the implementation of the statewide trails vision along with major trails and trail connections like the Katy and Rock Island are a vitally important parts of that plan.</em></p><p><em>Your <a href="http://mobikefed.org/membership">ongoing membership and generous financial support</a> help turn our Vision into reality!</em></p><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-file"> <div class="field-label">File:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-application-pdf" alt="application/pdf icon" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><a href="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/sb196-rock-island-trail-state-park-endowment-fund-trulyagreedfinallypassedversion-2019-05-09.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=181517">sb196-rock-island-trail-state-park-endowment-fund-trulyagreedfinallypassedversion-2019-05-09.pdf</a></div> </div> </div> </div> News 2019 legislative david wood legislative mike bernskoetter morit rock island trail rock island trail state park state parks Thu, 16 May 2019 12:15:00 +0000 Brent Hugh 8938 at https://mobikefed.org Announcing the Butterfield Stage Experience - A New 250-mile Gravel Bicycle Route connecting the Katy, Rock Island, and Frisco Highline Trails https://mobikefed.org/2019/05/announcing-butterfield-stage-experience-new-250-mile-gravel-bicycle-route-connecting-katy-ro <p><a href="http://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/butterfield-overview-map-with-rockislandconnector-2019-05e.png"><div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 335px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="The Butterfield Stage Experience connects Missouri&#039;s three longest trails--the Katy, Rock Island, and Frisco Highline" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/butterfield-overview-map-with-rockislandconnector-2019-05e-325x363.png" style="width: 325px; height: 363px; margin: 5px; ;" title="The Butterfield Stage Experience connects Missouri&#039;s three longest trails--the Katy, Rock Island, and Frisco Highline" width="325" height="363" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">The Butterfield Stage Experience connects Missouri&#039;s three longest trails--the Katy, Rock Island, and Frisco Highline</div></div></a>The <a href="http://mobikefed.org/Butterfield">Butterfield Stage Experience</a> is a <strong>new mostly gravel bicycle touring route</strong> consisting of county gravel roads and multi-use trails using/paralleling the <strong>historic Butterfield Stage Route in Missouri</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p><span id="cke_bm_68E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>Currently over 250 miles in length--and more to come!--the route is <strong>low-traffic trail-like experience</strong> that leads you straight to the <strong>heart of rural Missouri</strong> and visits many of the <a href="https://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience/History">historic Butterfield Stage sites and monuments</a> across the state. The route is accessible to most who <strong>enjoy natural-surface routes like the Katy Trail and Rock Island Trail</strong>--and are ready to take the next step towards adventure.</p> <p>The route is mostly on <strong>well-maintained county gravel roads</strong> and multi-use trails, with a few mountain bike trail routes and occasional paved sections as needed for connectivity.</p> <p>Great for <strong>day trips</strong>, <strong>weekend get-aways</strong>, or a few days of <strong>bike camping</strong> or <strong>bikepacking</strong>--you’ll re-experience an 1858 Butterfield Stage trip across Missouri.&nbsp;</p> <p>Connect to the <strong>Katy</strong>, <strong>Rock Island</strong>, and <strong>Frisco Highline Trails</strong>.</p> <p>Go explore Missouri in a <strong>whole new way</strong>.</p> <h2>Butterfield Trail Experience maps, GPS tracks, guides, history, resources</h2> <p>Working with a multitude of partners across Missouri, today we are releasing a multitude of maps, guides, GPS tracks, history resources, and other helpful materials to help you enjoy the Butterfield Trail Experience:</p> <ul> <li><em><a href="/ButterfieldStageExperience">About the Butterfield Stage Experience - Maps, Routes, GPS Tracks</a></em><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><em><a href="http://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience/LocalRouteOptions">Local &amp; regional loops, options, and connections involving the Butterfield</a></em><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><em><a href="http://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience/CrossStateRouteOptions">Cross-state bicycle routes, loops, and connections involving the Butterfield</a></em><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><em><a href="http://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience/Amtrak">Butterfield + Amtrak</a></em><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><em><a href="http://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience/USBicycleRouteSystem">Butterfield + U.S. Bicycle Routes in Missouri</a></em><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><em><a href="http://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience/OzarkTrail">Butterfield + Ozark Trail Mega-Adventure Loop</a></em><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><em><a href="https://ridewithgps.com/events/83976-butterfield-stage-experience-primary-rou">Butterfield Stage Overland Mail history</a></em><br /> <p><div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 360px; float: left"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="The Butterfield Stage Experience - 250 miles through the historic rural Missouri landscape" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/pomme-de-toure-route-img_7599-cr220_2-350x238.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 238px; margin: 5px; ;" title="The Butterfield Stage Experience - 250 miles through the historic rural Missouri landscape" width="350" height="238" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">The Butterfield Stage Experience - 250 miles through the historic rural Missouri landscape</div></div></p> </li> <li><em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/butterfieldstageexperience/">Direct link to RideWithGPS routes</a></em><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/butterfieldstageexperience/">Butterfield Stage Experience Facebook page</a></em></li> </ul> <p>We expect the Butterfield Stage Experience to become a major bicycle touring route in Missouri, joinin the likes of the Katy Trail, the TransAmerica Trail (US Bicycle Route 76), and Bicycle Route 66 (US Bicycle Route 66).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>The Butterfield Stage Experience - A close encounter with history, at the speed of bicycle</h2> <p>In 1858, John Butterfield personally carried the first bag of mail, boarding the Pacific Railroad in St. Louis. Butterfield's journey took him through Jefferson City, California, Tipton, Syracuse, Florence, Cole Camp, Warsaw, Bolivar, and Springfield--a journey you can live again by bicycling the Butterfield Stage Experience route in Missouri.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 411px; float: right"><img alt="Michael Noirot - The view south on the Wire Road from the Ray house at Wilson&#039;s Creek" class="image_caption_filter_img" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/3808200494_a2313163d9_o_d-401x267.jpg" style="width: 401px; height: 267px; margin: 5px; ;" title="Michael Noirot - The view south on the Wire Road from the Ray house at Wilson&#039;s Creek" width="401" height="267" /> <div class="image_caption_filter_caption">Michael Noirot - The view south on the historic Butterfield Road from the Ray house at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield<br /> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>Your ride on the Butterfield Stage Experience will bring you to all of these historic routes and places--and more.</p> <p>In the 1920s the Dry Wood Threshers Association of Sheldon, Missouri, erected stone monuments at the location of every known Butterfield Stage Station in Missouri.</p> <p>In the 1950s, to commemorate the centennial of the Butterfield Stage, the Missouri State Historical Society erected metal signs at towns along the Butterfield route in Missouri. Most signs direct you to the actual Butterfield Stage Station location (and corresponding stone monument) a few miles outside of town.</p> <p>Tracking down those markers and monuments--as well as dozens more historically significant buildings and places across Missouri--is a big part of what makes the Butterfield Stage Experience a real adventure--and a real experience.</p> <p>All of these markers and monuments--that we know about!--are marked as Points of Interest on the <a href="https://ridewithgps.com/events/83976-butterfield-stage-experience-primary-rou">Butterfield Stage Experience route maps on RideWithGPS</a>.</p> <p>That means you can track them down, one by one, and relive history.</p> <h2>Make the Connection - to hundreds of miles of low-stress, low traffic, beautiful, historic bicycle routes across the heart of Missouri</h2> <p>In April, we compiled a <a href="http://mobikefed.org/2019/04/369-miles-connected-trail-across-missouri-new-rock-islandkaty-trail-connections-maps-routes-">list of 369 miles of connected trails all across Missouri</a>--including numerous side-trips and side trails connected to that Katy/Rock Island Trail system across Missouri.</p> <p>Now with the addition of the Butterfield Stage Experience, Missouri is adding <em><strong>more than 700 additional miles of highly interconnected bicycle routes</strong>, </em>most of them on appealing, low-traffic county gravel roads, and mostly centered around the Katy/Rock Island/Frisco Highline nexus of Jefferson City-Sedalia-Windsor-Clinton-Warsaw-Bolivar. <div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 361px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="Butterfield Station monuments dot the historic route through Missouri" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/60061783_674195249684486_3154245719011885056_n-351x263.jpg" style="width: 351px; height: 263px; margin: 5px; ;" title="Butterfield Station monuments dot the historic route through Missouri" width="351" height="263" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">Butterfield Station monuments dot the historic route through Missouri</div></div></p> <ul> <li><em>Want to ride from Jefferson City to Clinton on the Katy Trail and ride back a different way?</em>&nbsp; You can do it.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><em>Want to ride from Bolivar to Sedalia?&nbsp;</em> You can.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><em>How about a pleasant loop from Boonville to Tipton to Versailles to Warsaw to Clinton, Sedalia, and back to Boonville.</em> Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.&nbsp; And did we mention that it is stunningly beautiful, low-traffic, and a solid half of it follows either the pioneer-era Boonville Road or the early 1800s-era Military/Wire Road that went from Versailles to Fayetteville, AR?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><em>Want to ride from Lee's Summit to Springfield?</em> You can.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><em>Want to ride from St Charles to Springfield?</em> You can do that, too.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><em>Want to ride Jefferson City to Springfield and back a different way?</em> Yes, easy.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><em>Kansas City to Lake of the Ozarks? </em>Yes.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><em>Return a different way via Versailles, Tipton, California, Jefferson City, and Boonville? </em>Why not?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><em>Want to spend a couple of weeks doing a grand tour of Missouri while barely seeing an automobile?</em> You can do it.</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience/LocalRouteOptions">Local routes and loops</a> - <a href="http://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience/CrossStateRouteOptions">mega statewide loops</a> - <a href="http://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience/Amtrak">Bike+Amtrak trips</a> - <a href="http://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience/USBicycleRouteSystem">Butterfield+U.S. Bicycle Route </a>trips - and even a <a href="http://mobikefed.org/ButterfieldStageExperience/OzarkTrail">Butterfield+Ozark Trail mega-adventure</a> are all possible now.</p> <p>Spend a day, spend a weekend, spend a week, spend a month--all possible.</p> <p>And by the way, you added it right: This makes more than 1000 miles of highly interconnected, low-stress, low traffic bicycle routes across Missouri.</p> <p>Get out and give them a try!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><img alt="Butterfield Stage Experience local/regional route options and connections" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/butterfield-connections-overview-map-2019-05e.png" style="width: 603px; height: 509px;" title="Some of the Butterfield Stage Experience local/regional route options and connections" width="603" height="509" /><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><img alt="" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/32840191257_7378f359d1_z_d.jpg" title="" width="640" height="369" /><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <center><iframe scrolling="no" src="https://ridewithgps.com/embeds?type=event&amp;eventId=83976&amp;sampleGraph=true&amp;defaultShowAll=true" style="width: 1px; min-width: 75%; height: 750px; border: none;"></iframe></center> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <center><iframe scrolling="no" src="https://ridewithgps.com/embeds?type=event&amp;eventId=84440&amp;sampleGraph=true&amp;defaultShowAll=true" style="width: 1px; min-width: 75%; height: 750px; border: none;"></iframe></center> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><em>See <a href="https://mobikefed.org/tags/usbr-51">MoBikeFed News articles related to the development of USBR 51</a> and the <a href="http://mobikefed.org/tags/butterfield-stage-experience">Butterfield Stage Experience cross-state gravel route</a>.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Creating a world-class bicycle, pedestrian, and trails transportation network across Missouri is one of the four major goals of <a href="http://mobikefed.org/vision">MoBikeFed's Vision for Bicycling and Walking in Missouri</a>. Creating, promoting, and encouraging the implementation of the statewide trails vision along with major trails and trail connections like the Katy Trail, Rock Island Trail, and Butterfield Stage Experience are a vitally important parts of that plan.</em></p> <p><em>Your <a href="http://mobikefed.org/membership">ongoing membership and generous financial support</a> help turn our Vision into reality!</em></p> butterfield stage experience cycling gravel gravel grinding history missouri routes trails Mon, 13 May 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Brent Hugh 8935 at https://mobikefed.org A great day for Missouri: SB 196 Creating Rock Island State Park Endowment Fund, and giving legislative support to Rock Island Trail State Park, passes both House and Senate https://mobikefed.org/2019/05/great-day-missouri-sb-196-creating-rock-island-state-park-endownment-fund-and-giving-legisla <p>Huge congratulations is in order to our friends at the <a href="https://rockislandtrail.org">Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc</a>, as <a href="https://www.senate.mo.gov/19info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=613087">SB 196</a>, creating the Rock Island Trail State Park Endowment Fund, has finally passed both the Missouri House and Senate. <img alt="" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/rockislandtrail-quadstate-2014-07e-focussedq_0-400x310.png" style="width: 400px; height: 310px; margin: 5px; float: right;" title="" width="400" height="310" /></p> <p>The bill is "Truly Agreed To and Finally Passed"--meaning that the Missouri General Assembly is finished and done with it, and next stop is Governor Parson's desk.</p> <p>Governor Parson and Missouri State Parks have pretty clearly indicated their support for the Rock Island as a major rural infrastructure and economic development project, so we expect Governor Parson to sign the bill<em>.</em></p> <p><em>However--it wouldn't do any harm to <a href="https://governor.mo.gov/contact-us">contact Governor Parson</a> thank him and Missouri State Parks for their support of the Rock Island Trail, the Endowment Fund created by SB 196, and trails across the state like the Katy Trail (<a href="http://mobikefed.org/2019/05/governor-dnr-officials-break-ground-katy-trail-project-closing-last-3-mile-gap-trail-sedalia">Gov Parson recently spoke glowingly in support of the project to complete 3 miles of the Katy Trail in Sedalia</a>), and ask him to sign SB 196.</em></p> <h2>Moving the Rock Island Trail forward has been a major unified effort by many leaders, organizations, agencies, and individuals</h2> <p>Thanks goes to many for getting the Rock Island Trail project to this point:</p> <ul> <li><strong>To the leadership and staff at Missouri State Parks</strong>, who have spent a considerable amount of time studying the corridor in detail, identifying problems, finding solutions, and working with legislators to develop support<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>To <a href="https://www.senate.mo.gov/mem06/">Senator Mike Bernskoetter of Jefferson City</a> and <a href="https://house.mo.gov/MemberDetails.aspx?district=058&amp;year=2019&amp;code=R">Rep. David Wood of Versailles</a>,</strong> who sponsored the original legislation in both House and Senate<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Other Senators and Representatives who played a key role in moving the bill forward this year, like <a href="https://house.mo.gov/MemberDetails.aspx?year=2019&amp;code=R&amp;district=039">Rep. Peggy McGaugh of Carollton</a>, who handled SB 196 in the House, and <a href="https://house.mo.gov/MemberDetails.aspx?district=131&amp;year=2019&amp;code=R">Rep. Sonya Anderson of Springfield</a>, who allowed the Rock Island Trail State Park to be amended onto <a href="https://house.mo.gov/Bill.aspx?bill=HB1206&amp;year=2019&amp;code=R">HB 1206</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>To many other Senators and Representatives along the corridor</strong> who voiced support and helped create a unified voice in support<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>To Missouri Senate and House leadership</strong>, who supported a positive and unified solution<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>To Ameren</strong> who has worked tireless to give an extraordinarly valuable gift to the people of Missouri<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>To the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy</strong> who has gone to extraordinary lengths to provide support for this nationally important project<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>To many bicycle, pedestrian, trails, parks, outdoors, community, economic development, and other organizations across Missouri</strong> who have worked tirelessly8 together to support the Rock Island Trail<br /> <br /> <div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 435px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="Representatives of MoBikeFed and MoRIT meet with Ameren to deliver petition signatures in support of the Rock Island Trail. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy played a key role in promoting the trail, helping build nationwide support, and in submitting a competitive bid to purchase the corridor." src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/2014-08-14_05.42.17-425x283.jpg" style="width: 425px; height: 283px; margin: 5px; ;" title="Representatives of MoBikeFed and MoRIT meet with Ameren in 2014 to deliver petition signatures in support of the Rock Island Trail. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy played a key role in promoting the trail, helping build nationwide support, and in submitting a competitive bid to purchase the corridor." width="425" height="283" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">Representatives of MoBikeFed and MoRIT meet with Ameren in 2014 to deliver petition signatures in support of the Rock Island Trail. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy played a key role in promoting the trail, helping build nationwide support, and in submitting a competitive bid to purchase the corridor.</div></div><strong>To the many communities and citizens up and down the Rock Island corridor, organized and working together through <a href="https://rockislandtrail.org/">MoRIT</a></strong>, who have taken a very long and winding trail to finally reach this moment<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>To many, many individual citizens who have spoken up for the Rock Island Trail</strong> over many, many years</li> </ul> <h2>Update: Overwhelming majorities in both chambers support Rock Island</h2> <p>In both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly, support for the Rock Island Trail State Park was overwhelming:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Senate: 33-1</strong> (<a href="https://house.mo.gov/amendments.aspx?bill=SB196&amp;year=2019&amp;code=R">Senate Journal/record of vote</a>)</li> <li><strong>House: 134-6 </strong>(<a href="https://house.mo.gov/amendments.aspx?bill=SB196&amp;year=2019&amp;code=R">House Journal/record of vote</a>)</li> </ul> <p>That's about a large a majority as you get on any bill on any topic.</p> <h2>Update: Statutory language improved thanks to sponsors</h2> <p>One of the small behind-the-scenes issue Rock Island Trail advocates had been working on all session, was to get the statutory language in the bill exactly right.</p> <p>The first versions of the bill said funds in the Rock Island Trail State Park Endownment Fund could be used "for the purpose of operating, maintaining, and securing any portion of the former Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad corridor".</p> <p>We wanted to be sure--and perfectly clear that--the funds could also be collected and used for <strong><em>building and developing </em></strong>the trail.</p> <p>Because from our perspective, that is the most important thing that needs to be done!</p> <p>All the legislative sponsors, staff, and State Parks staff agreed with this. But once a bill has started to make its way through hearings and votes, it can be hard to make those little language tweaks.</p> <p>After the first hearing, an amendment introduced the key word <strong>"development"</strong>.</p> <p>But reading the bill carefully after another hearing, we realized there are actually <em>two places</em> in the bill where the change needs to be made--and only one had been changed.</p> <p>Greg Harris of the Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc. talked to House and Senate staff, reminded legislators about the issues in hearings, and did all the other needed follow up.</p> <p>And finally on May 6th, Rep. Wood introduced a House Floor Amendment to add the missing word.&nbsp; The amendment passed and when the Senate passed the bill May 9th, all the details were fixed.</p> <p>Thanks to all involved for a job well done!</p> <h2>Contact Senators and Representatives to say thanks!</h2> <p>When we have been asking for legislators to support something--long and loud!--one of the most important things we can do once they have passed legislation supporting our work, is to say a hearty thank you.</p> <p>Here are legislators you can contact to say Thank You:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Senator Mike Bernskoetter of Jefferson City</strong> - sponsor of Senate bill, has largest piece of Rock Island Trail in his district - <em>Mike.Bernskoetter@senate.mo.gov</em><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Rep. David Wood of Versailles -</strong> sponsor of House bill and has a long stretch of the Rock Island Trail in his district - <em>David.Wood@house.mo.gov</em><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Rep. Peggy McGaugh of Carollton</strong> - handled SB 196 in the House. This is similar to being a bill sponsor, and means she was working hard to support the bill, and move it through committees and to the floor in a timely fashion - <em>Peggy.McGaugh@house.mo.gov</em><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Rep. Sonya Anderson of Springfield</strong> - allowed the Rock Island Trail State Park language to be amended onto her bill, HB 1206, and then worked hard for passage of the Rock Island Trail State Park language - <em>Sonya.Anderson@house.mo.gov</em><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Your own Missouri Senator and Representative</strong> - nearly every Senator and Representative voted for SB 196, so this is a great chance to say thanks! <a href="https://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/default.aspx"><em>Look up Missouri State Senators and Representatives by address here.</em></a></li> </ul> <h2>What it means: An important step for the Rock Island Trail, but not by any means the final step</h2> <p>Missouri State Park and Ameren continue to negotiate over the future of the 144-mile Rock Island corridor between Windsor and Beaufort. The next deadline is August 2019.</p> <p>So the negotiations are not year over.&nbsp;&nbsp; But passage of this bill by both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly is an important signal--that legislators will support a deal for State Parks to receive the corridor.</p> <p>Furthermore, the creation of the Endownment Fund seems to set up a paradigm where State Parks will set a very ambitious fundraising goal that will allow them to keep the corridor in perpetuity, and then to work, gradually, to develop it over time.</p> <p>Even if State Parks accepts the corridor and begins fundraising, but does not complete it successfully--this could create a situation where State Parks will not be able to continue to hold or maintain the corridor into the future.</p> <p><a href="https://rockislandtrail.org/"><div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 210px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" alt="" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/morrit-transparent-200x109.png" style="width: 200px; height: 109px; margin: 5px; ;" title="Local grassroots organization the Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc, has done an amazing job building local support for the trail all along the corridor. Thanks to all who have supported MoRIT over the years!" width="200" height="109" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">Local grassroots organization the Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc, has done an amazing job building local support for the trail all along the corridor. Thanks to all who have supported MoRIT over the years!</div></div></a></p> <p>So yesterday was an important step--but not the final step.</p> <p>We still have work to do.</p> <p>Nevertheless: Passing of SB 196 was a big step--and a great day for Missouri!</p> <ul> <li><em>More about the Rock Island Trail--including the status of the many segments developed, under development, or under consideration--in our <a href="http://mobikefed.org/RockIslandTrail">Missouri Rock Island Trail page</a>.</em><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>More about riding the open portions of the Rock Island Trail--and the many trail connections to and from the Rock Island--on our <a href="http://mobikefed.org/2019/04/369-miles-connected-trail-across-missouri-new-rock-islandkaty-trail-connections-maps-routes-">369 miles of connected trail across Missouri</a> page</li> </ul> <h2>Full text of SB 196, creating the Rock Island Trail State Park Endownment Fund</h2> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> 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mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook\,Bold&quot;">253.177. 1. There is hereby created in the state treasury the "Rock Island Trail State Park Endowment Fund". The fund shall be administered by the department of natural resources. Any grant, gift, donation, devise, or bequest of moneys, funds, real or personal property, or other assets to the department of natural resources for the operation, maintenance, development, or security of any portion of the former Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad corridor located east of milepost 215.325 shall be deposited with the state treasurer to the credit of the fund. All income, interest, rights, or rent earned through the operation of the fund shall also be credited to the fund. </span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook,Bold&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook\,Bold&quot;">2. The Rock Island Trail State Park endowment fund shall be used by the department of natural resources for the purpose of operating, maintaining, developing, and securing any portion of the former Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad corridor located east of milepost 215.325 that is owned, leased, or operated by the department of natural resources and for no other purpose. Any funds previously deposited into the state park earnings fund created in section 253.090 for such purpose are hereby transferred into the Rock Island Trail State Park endowment fund. </span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook,Bold&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook\,Bold&quot;">3. The state treasurer shall be the custodian of all moneys, bonds, securities, interests, and rights therein deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the Rock Island Trail State Park endowment fund and shall invest the moneys in the fund in a manner as provided by law. </span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook,Bold&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook\,Bold&quot;">4. Funds from the Rock Island Trail State Park endowment fund shall be expended, refunded, or transferred only upon appropriation by the general assembly. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 33.080 to the contrary, any moneys remaining in the fund at the end of the biennium shall not revert to the credit of the general revenue fund. </span></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook,Bold&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook\,Bold&quot;">5. If the United States Surface Transportation Board vacates the Notice of Interim Trail Use (NITU) issued in a decision served on February 26, 2015, in docket number AB-1068 (Sub-No. 3X), any moneys in the fund may be refunded to the individuals or entities that have made contributions to the fund or may be transferred to a new trail sponsor or other entity that has accepted responsibility for management of any portion of the former Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad corridor located east of milepost 215.325 as a public recreational trail under a new NITU subject to the National Trails System Act, 16 U.S.C. Section 1241, et seq.</span></b></p> </blockquote> <ul> <li class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://www.senate.mo.gov/19info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=613087"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook,Bold&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook\,Bold&quot;">SB 196 page on the Missouri Senate web site</span></b></a><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/sb196-rock-island-trail-state-park-endowment-fund-trulyagreedfinallypassedversion-2019-05-09.pdf"><span style="font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook,Bold&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;CenturySchoolbook\,Bold&quot;">Full text of SB 196 as Truly Agreed and Finally Passed</span></a><br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><em>This article was edited 15 May 2019 to add two update sections and the full text of the bill as Truly Agreed and Finally Passed.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Creating a world-class bicycle, pedestrian, and trails transportation network across Missouri is one of the four major goals of <a href="http://mobikefed.org/vision">MoBikeFed's Vision for Bicycling and Walking in Missouri</a>. Creating, promoting, and encouraging the implementation of the statewide trails vision along with major trails and trail connections like the Katy and Rock Island are a vitally important parts of that plan.</em></p> <p><em>Your <a href="http://mobikefed.org/membership">ongoing membership and generous financial support</a> help turn our Vision into reality!</em></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-file"> <div class="field-label">File:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-application-pdf" alt="application/pdf icon" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><a href="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/sb196-rock-island-trail-state-park-endowment-fund-trulyagreedfinallypassedversion-2019-05-09.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=181517">sb196-rock-island-trail-state-park-endowment-fund-trulyagreedfinallypassedversion-2019-05-09.pdf</a></div> </div> </div> </div> News 2019 legislative david wood legislative mike bernskoetter morit rock island trail rock island trail state park state parks Fri, 10 May 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Brent Hugh 8936 at https://mobikefed.org Bike Month Volunteer Opportunity: Help MoBikeFed and the Junior League of Kansas City give away hundreds of bicycles to kids who really need them https://mobikefed.org/2019/05/bike-month-volunteer-opportunity-help-mobikefed-and-junior-league-kansas-city-give-away-hund <p>Looking for a great Bike Month volunteer opportunity?&nbsp; The Missouri Bicycle &amp; Pedestrian Federation is working with the Junior League of Kansas City and and Urban Neighborhood Initiative of Kansas City to give away hundreds of bikes to area kids who really need them--and will really use them. <div class="image_caption_filter_outer" style="width: 361px; float: right"><img class="image_caption_filter_img" title="Giving bikes away at the Healthy Living KC Fair" style="width: 351px; height: 252px; margin: 5px; ;" alt="Giving bikes away at the Healthy Living KC Fair" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/20180512_132551-crop-351x252.jpg" width="351" height="252" /><div class="image_caption_filter_caption">Giving bikes away at the Healthy Living KC Fair</div></div></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em><strong><a href="https://mobikefed.org/register/7503">Can you help out by volunteering? Click here to volunteer.</a></strong></em></p> <h2>How it works</h2> <p>The Junior League works with its partners to collect and repair about 100-200 used bikes.&nbsp; As part of their Healthy Living KC Fair, produced in partnership with the Urban Neighborhood Initiative, they give away the bikes to neighborhood kids who really need them--and really use them.</p> <p>Our job is to fit kids with helmets, match them to the right bike, adjust the bike to fit, and get them going on their new bike. We also send parents and kids on their way with same safe riding tips.</p> <p>It takes a lot of volunteer power to give away all of those bicycles! If you can help, please volunteer--we really need the help, and it makes a big difference to many kids and many families.</p> <h2>Volunteer thank-you package</h2> <p>We're putting together a thank-you package for volunteers, including:</p> <p>&nbsp;- Free ride registration at a MoBikeFed ride in 2019</p> <p>&nbsp;- Tshirt</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><a href="https://mobikefed.org/register/7503"><strong><em>Click here to volunteer.</em></strong></a></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;</p> <h2>Healthy Living KC Fair &amp; Kids Bike Giveaway details</h2> <p>Healthy Living KC Fair details:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span id="cke_bm_293S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Healthy Living KC Fair - Kids' Bicycle Giveaway</strong><br /> Time: 12noon-3:00pm, Saturday, May 18th, 2019 (volunteers needed for setup and cleanup about 1 hour before and 1 hour after event hours)<br /> Location: <a href="https://goo.gl/maps/3Fjgkc4Nj4s">Kansas City Neighborhood Academy,&nbsp; 1619 E 24th Terrace, Kansas City, MO</a></p> <p>The Kids' Bike Giveaway is just one part of the Healthy Living KC Fair, which includes health screenings, informational displays from a number of health agencies, and fun, healthy activities for kids and families.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><img title="Bike Fit Station at the Healthy Living KC Fair" style="width: 451px; height: 338px; margin: 5px;" alt="Bike Fit Station at the Healthy Living KC Fair" src="https://mobikefed.org/sites/default/files/resize/20180512_125916-451x338.jpg" width="451" height="338" /><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Encouraging people in Missouri to bicycle and walk more often is one of the four major goals in MoBikeFed's <a href="http://mobikefed.org/vision">Vision for Bicycling and Walking in Missouri</a>. Partnering with other organizations to help kids have a bike to ride is one simple, concrete way we can help reach that goal.</em></p> <p><em><a href="https://mobikefed.org/register/7503">Volunteering to help</a> at events like this is one way you can help us reach this goal--and your <a href="http://mobikefed.org/membership">ongoing membership and generous financial support</a> is another way. Thank you!</em></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><a href="https://goo.gl/maps/3Fjgkc4Nj4s"><span id="cke_bm_293E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></a></p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Link:&nbsp;</div> <a href="https://mobikefed.org/register/7503">Bike Month Volunteer Opportunity: Help MoBikeFed and the Junior League of Kansas City give away hundreds of bicycles to kids who really need them</a> </div> </div> </div> News bike month bike month 2019 volunteer Thu, 02 May 2019 12:30:00 +0000 Brent Hugh 8924 at https://mobikefed.org