Missouri Bicycling, Walking, Running, and Trails News

How to connect from MO's Katy/Rock Island Trail to KS's Flint Hills Nature Trail using trails & low-stress routes

UPDATE: We've put the Katy-Rock Island-Flint Hills Nature Trail route outlined in this article together one  one hand route page.  Check it out here: Katy Trail to Flint Hills Nature Trail bicycle route

Recently one of our members contacted us with a very good question: How can a trail rider connect from Missouri's Katy /Rock Island Trail system to the Flint Hill Nature Trail in neighboring Kansas?

One reason we're so excited about our recent working in developing and promting gravel and bicycle touring routes across Missouri, is that when you put that together with our expanding local and statewide trails system, connections like this are VERY possible today--even for riders who prefer trails and low-stress roads.

Here is what I wrote to Todd--explaining both one nice way to connect the Katy/Rock Island and the Flint Hills Nature Trails, but also in general the resources and routes we have been developing recently:

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2020 Missouri Active Transportation Summit - presenter powerpoints, links, notes from today's statewide Summit

The 2020 Missouri Active Transportation Summit--our fifth annual--took place today with a full day's worth of informative and inspiring sessions.

If you missed the Summit this year, you can catch some of the high points below.

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2020 VIRTUAL Missouri Active Transportation Summit - full program and session details

The 2020 VIRTUAL Missouri Active Transportation Summit is tomorrow--Friday, August 14th, starting at 9am.  It's not to late to join us--register here. You can just for just a session or two, or all day.

Leading off the Summit is our amazing Keynote Speaker, Chuck Flink, author of The Greenway Imperative. Chuck has decades of experience helping communities develop and promote greenways. And he should--he invented the concept.

The rest of the sessions (PDF) feature some enlightening stories about projects and progress for bicycling, walking, and trails from across Missouri:

  • Mary Kromrey, Ozark Greenways, "From Trash to Treasure, the Former Fulbright Landfill/Superfund Site Takes on New Life as the Fulbright Spring Greenway"

  • Jerany Jackson, Great River Engineering, "Building Johnson County's Spirit Trail - A Courageous Team Effort"

  • Shaun Tooley, MoDOT, "MoDOT's Practice of Active Transportation, Past and Future"

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Join us for the VIRTUAL Missouri Active Transportation Summit - August 14th, 2020 - Early Bird Registration thru Friday

Bicycling, walking, and trails mean business in Missouri 

Friday, August 14th, 2020, 9:00am-5:00pm

An online, virtual Summit for 2020!  Join from anywhere in Missouri or the world via telephone, smart phone, or computer

Presented by

The Association of Bicycle & Pedestrian Professionals, Missouri Chapter
Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation
Missouri Livable Streets
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services


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Present a session at 2020 Missouri Active Transportation Summit - session submittal deadline July 8th

The 2020 Missouri Active Transportation Summit is Friday, August 14th, 2020. For the first time ever the Summit will be an online, virtual event.  You will be able to present or participate by telephone dial-in, smart phone, or computer from anywhere in Missouri or the world!

Would you like to tell the story of your bicycle, pedestrian, active transportation, active tourism, outdoor recreation, or trails program, project, or success?

Or present on any topic related to bicycling, walking, trails, or active transportation/active tourism in Missouri?

Here is your chance to reach an audience of interested professional staff, community leaders, and interested citizens from across Missouri.

The Summit Session proposals are due by midnight, Wednesday, July 8th

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Two grant opportunities for cities & local public health agencies to move Complete Streets forward--one due April 8th, 2020 (extended from March 23rd), the other June 15th, 2020

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has announced two grant opportunities to help cities, local public health agencies, and county health departments who want to move Complete Streets. 

If you would like to see your community implement projects such as these, please encourage them to apply for one or both grants:

  • Bicycle infrastructures/amenities (low-speed shared streets, bicycle boulevards, buffered bicycle lanes, conventional bicycle lanes, protected bicycle lanes, and signed bicycle routes-but do not include multi-use paths)
  • Pedestrian infrastructure (sidewalks, context-sensitive traffic calming, intersection design, street lighting, and landscaping)
  • Land use and environmental design (paved or unpaved trails, but does not include sidewalks or side paths)
  • Public transit (includes bus, light rail, van pool, dial-a-ride, subway, and paratransit)
  • Implementation of new or improved plans or policies (Complete Streets policies, bicycle and pedestrian master plans)

Grant #1 is open to any Missouri community and the application deadline is March 23rd April 8th.

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Dangerous Dogs Bill introduced in Missouri Legislature--and we need your stories about dangerous dogs and bicycles to help move it forward

Several years ago, cyclist Barry Bean of Peach Orchard, Missouri, was seriously injured while bicycling when a stray dog ran in his path and caused him to crash. 

Once he had recovered from his injuries, he made it his mission to change Missouri law to better prevent dangerous stray dogs.

Currently Missouri law provide penalties for dog owners if their dog is loose and bites someone. But there is no penalty if the loose dog causes any other type of injury--such as causing a bicycle crash.

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The Missouri Interscholastic Cycling League - New mountain bike clubs & teams for middle and high school students across Missouri: What is the League, Who is it for? How can I get started?

The Missouri Interscholastic Cycling League is holding informational sessions across Missouri for the next few weeks (Springfield, Joplin, St Joseph, Cape Girardeau, KC area, St Louis area), coach training this spring, forming teams and clubs starting Spring 2020, and holding its first season Fall 2020. 


Upcoming League Informational Sessions are Jan 23rd in Cape Girardeau, Jan 25th in Des Peres, and Feb 7th in O'Fallon.

What is the League? Who is it for? Why might individuals, communities, and schools want to get involved? How can you get started?

All those questions and more are answered below.

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Missouri State Parks and Ameren sign historic railbanking agreement for Rock Island Trail Corridor; now must raise $9.8 million before beginning trail development

Today officials from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Ameren signed an "interim trail use agreement" that allows the 144 miles of the Rock Island railroad corridor between Windsor and Beaufort to move towards development as Rock Island Trail State Park in the near future. 

The agreement today railbanks the 144-mile section of the corridor and puts it on track for trail development within two years--if all goes well.

This is the most significant single step we have seen in moving towards Rock Island Trail State Park. Though there is still significant work to be done, the signing today shows a very significant commitment on the part of both State Parks and Ameren Missouri to move forward with the transfer of the corridor and the creation of the Rock Island Trail State Park.

Rock Island Trail supporters react

"Missouri is incredibly lucky; corridors of this type are few and far between. That's why we've been working so hard alongside our partners in the state to protect this corridor and its potential to become a world-class trail," said Eric Oberg, director of trail development for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC's) Midwest Regional Office.

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Department of Natural Resources will announce decision on Rock Island Line Corridor Interim Trail Agreement Dec. 17 at 2pm in Eldon

Missouri State Parks will announce their decision whether to sign an Interim Trail Use Agreement on the 144 miles of the Rock Island Trail between Windsor and Beaufort, Missouri, Tuesday, December 17th, at 2pm in Eldon. 

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Complete Streets in the Tower Grove Neighborhood: How new pedestrian connections to a park and through a neighborhood improve quality of life for individuals and a whole community

Complete Streets make communities work for everyone--those who walk, those who bicycle, those who drive or use public transportation, people of all ages, and people at all levels of ability and disability.

Recently, the Tower Grove area has implemented a comprehensive plan to improve walking and bicycling connections in the area, and particularly to create better pedestrian connections Tower Grove Park from every direction.

Dana Gray of Tower Grove Neighborhoods in St Louis sent this story about how that Complete Streets work has made a real difference in the lives of Tower Grove neighbors and the community:

On a beautiful fall day, I encountered Justin Vitale on Kingshighway at Magnolia, at the Tower Grove Park Pedestrian Access project, a newly installed crosswalk leading to Tower Grove Park. We struck up a conversation as we waited for the signal to change. I asked what his thoughts were on the area’s connectivity and ease of access, given he was in a wheelchair. 

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