Missouri Bicycling, Walking, Running, and Trails News

ALERT: Dangerous dogs injure 450 Missouri bicyclists annually; Your messages supporting Missouri Dangerous Dogs Bill needed by Mon Apr 5th

Dangerous dogs injure 450 people bicycling annually in Missouri, are the sixth-leading cause of cyclist injury, and cost $2.8 million in medical care and lost wages. Most of the most serious injuries are caused by loose, running dogs--not dog bites. 

But a loophole in Missouri's current Dangerous Dogs law means that dogs that bite fall under the law--but dogs that run loose and cause a fall or injury are not considered as dangerous dogs.

If you bicycle, you know that loose dogs running and chasing--even running in front of your wheels--is a serious concern and very, very dangerous.

This year the Dangerous Dogs Bill, HB 992 sponsored by Rep. Jamie Burger of Benton, is focused like a laser on solving that problem.

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Alert: HB 992 - Dangerous Dogs Bill to be heard in the MO House Monday, March 29th; Your testimony of dangerous dog situations while bicycling needed

Barry Bean of Peach Orchard has been leading the charge for several years to get a dangerous dog bill passed in Missouri, to address the issues of loose dogs that attack and injury people bicycling. Barry was seriously injured in a collision with a dog several years ago.

This year the Dangerous Dogs Bill is HB 992, sponsored by Rep. Jamie Burger of Benton.

A hearing on HB 992 in the Missouri House Crime Prevention Committee is scheduled for Monday, March 29th at Noon. The hearing will be in House Hearing Room 5 at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. 

Testimony in support of HB 992 needed through Monday, April 5th

Testimony in support of the bill is welcome from any individual and from clubs, groups, organizations, and businesses.

You can testify in person at the hearing or submit written testimony online here (submission of written testimony strongly encouraged thanks to COVID-19 issues).

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg address @ National Bike Summit 2021--How will a mayor who led a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community lead the U.S. Department of Transportation?

U.S. Department of Transportation Pete Buttigieg addressed the National Bike Summit on Wednesday, March 3rd--the day Summit delegations from every state, including Missouri, (virtually) visited Capitol Hill for Congressional meetings throughout the day.

Sec Buttigieg was mayor of South Bend, Indiana--which received the League of American Bicyclists' Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community award under Buttigieg's leadership.

Buttigieg was recently photographed riding a bike share bike to work--not for a photo op or special event, but just in his regular work commute in DC.

MoBikeFed's summary of Secretary Buttigieg's remarks Wednesday:

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US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to address 2021 National Bike Summit Wed; Missouri fields strong delegation to Summit

The 2021 National Bike Summit is underway--virtually this year--and Missouri is fielding a strong delegation to the Summit, as we have most years. MoBikeFed along with BikeWalkKC and Missourians for Responsible Transportation (representing BikeWalkKC, Trailnet, Ozark Greenways, and Pednet) are attending the Summit and Congressional meetings this  year.

Meetings with the Missouri congressional delegation are slated for Wednesday at the Summit, as is an address from recently appointed U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. 

Buttigieg recently made news as bystanders caught him riding a Capitol Bikeshare bike home from work--the first Transportation Secretary to bike commute, as far as we know.

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Missouri Department of Conservation proposes massive increase in bicycle accessibility in Missouri conservation areas totaling 1 million acres - your public comment needed!

UPDATE: Initial success! Due to a large amount of interest in including e-bikes in this proposed regulation, even before the public comment period had formally opened, the Missouri Department of Conservation staff has withdrawn the proposed regulation and is re-writing it to include e-bike access.

For that reason, the March public comment period has been withdrawn.  Instead, MDC staff is working to update the proposed regulation. It will be presented to the MDC Commission again in August 2021 and then the public comment period will be in October 2021. If approved, the regulation will take effect March 1, 2022.

The MDC press release reads:

The proposed regulation initially approved by the Commission did not include the allowance of electric bicycles. MDC staff are now exploring amending this regulation to include the use of certain classes of electric bicycles, also known as e-bikes. The use of motorized vehicles, including electric bicycles, is currently not allowed on conservation-area multi-use trails and service roads.

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Missouri state parks allows ebikes on bicycle trails, assisted-mobility devices on walking trails

A common question asked by visitors to the Katy Trail: Are ebikes and other assistive-mobility devices allowed on the trail?

Many don't know it, but--with reasonable restrictions--ebikes and assistive mobility devices for people with disabilities are indeed allowed on the Katy Trail and, indeed, on most trails across Missouri's large state parks system.

On trails where bicycling is allowed, access by any type of human-powered pedalcycle (unicycle, tricycle, etc) is allowed, as is ebike access.

On all state parks trails where walking or hiking is allowed, power-driven assistive mobility devices are--with reasonable restrictions--allowed.

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

UPDATE 1: We've put the Katy-Rock Island-Flint Hills Nature Trail route outlined in this article together on single handy route page.  Check it out here: Katy Trail to Flint Hills Nature Trail bicycle route

UPDATE 2: If there is interest in the cycling community, we could work to develop a more direct route from the Katy/Rock Island to the Flint Hills Nature Trail--perhaps directly to the eastern end of the Flint Hills Trail in Osawatomie. Contact us if interested.

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?

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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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