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Missouri senator and congressman poised to influence federal bicycle and pedestrian funding . . . a crucial meeting about Kansas City mountain bike trail access in city parks . . . St. Louis County petitioned to become more bicycle friendly . . . read about these stories and more on the Missouri Advocacy Alerts Page.
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It is time for Missouri bicyclists to unite!!!

Important MBF organizational meeting Sunday, November 3rd, 2002, Jefferson City. Bike ride in the morning, presentations in the afternoon. Caryn Giarratano has really outdone herself lining up a stellar cast of bicycling experts. Don't miss it! Click here for details.
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MoDOT's Long-Range Transportation Direction for Bike/Ped

Missouri Department of Transportation
Long-Range Transportation Direction
Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations

The bicycle and pedestrian program includes an effective balance of engineering,
education, enforcement and encouragement. MoDOT adopted the General Pedestrian
and Bicycle Guide in 1999 to define how bicycle and pedestrian accommodations
are to be included in state projects. The policy addresses safety, education,
intermodal connectivity, environmental impacts and interagency coordination.

The bicycle and pedestrian program presently does not receive state funds,
although MoDOT's policy states the department will include bicycle and
pedestrian accommodations on state highways when and where appropriate. If
accommodations are appropriate, they will be added as part of the highway and
bridge construction budget for the projects. MoDOT will target half (more the $7
million in fiscal year 2000) of its federal enhancement funds to bicycle and
pedestrian accommodations.

Needs for bicycle accommodations can be classified according to type of rider,
the type of facility and the type of trip. Needs also include education,
enforcement, technical assistance and policy adoption at the national, state,
and local levels.

Pedestrian needs differ from bicyclist needs. Pedestrians need sidewalks,
crosswalks at appropriate locations and curb ramps. Bicyclists and pedestrians
need convenient, safe access to other modes of transportation.

MoDOT will implement the following policies to guide its investments in bicycle
and pedestrian accommodations:

* MoDOT will incorporate bicycle and pedestrian accommodations in state
transportation improvement projects when deemed appropriate and will consider
providing for pedestrian and/or bicycle accommodations during preliminary
studies, design and construction.

* Improvements that provide the ability to cross major roadways and provide a
link for neighborhoods, schools, recreational facilities, medical facilities,
employment centers and shopping areas will receive particular attention.

* MoDOT will develop or support the following items.
· Identification and analysis of existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities
on the state transportation system.
· Education on use, safety and benefits.
· Recommendations on corridors and routes that comprise a state facility
· Technical advice and input.
· Establish standards for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and work to
integrate the USDOT policy for bicycle and pedestrian facilities into MoDOT
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MoDOT's New Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator Will Make Positive Strides for Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY - Bicycle and pedestrian transportation planning
continues to be a priority for the Missouri Department of Transportation with
the hiring of Caryn Giarratano of Jefferson City as the department's
bicycle/pedestrian coordinator at the Jefferson City headquarters.

Giarratano will continue development of Missouri's long-range plan for
bicycling and pedestrian facilities and programs as part of the department's
long-range, comprehensive transportation direction. She joined MoDOT July 1,
replacing Dennis Scott, who took a similar position in another state.

Giarratano will promote bicyclist and pedestrian safety; coordinate
bicycle and pedestrian activities with other state agencies; and maintain
contact with bicycling clubs, advocacy groups, metropolitan planning
organizations and local governments. She will also develop strategies for
incorporating bicycle and pedestrian transportation needs into highway and
bridge construction projects.

In the mid 1990s, Giarratano worked with MoDOT to help establish the
department's bike/ped policy. She has served on the Jefferson City Bike/Ped
Task Force. Giarratano, a mid-Missouri native, has a bachelor of science in
elementary education with a minor in math from the University of Missouri -
Columbia. She has three additional degrees in educational administration - a
master's, an educational specialist and a doctorate.

Giarratano founded the Capitol City Cycling Club in Jefferson City in
1990 and in 1993, founded a statewide bike advocacy organization, Missouri
Bicycle Federation. She is a United States Cycling Federation-licensed bike
racer and race official, and a member of the Columbia Bike Club and racing
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Wheels and Heels - August 2002

Email news from MoDOT Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator Caryn Giarratano

Greetings Windbenders!

Two months ago, I hit the ground running and I have been pedaling as fast as I could since. My second week on the job people walked up to me and said, "Oh, you're the new bike/ped coordinator...here!" They then handed me a thick file,
turned and quickly disappeared!

I have been asked to work on bike/ped bridge access, investigate new rumble strip designs, refine the policy on Share the Road signs, fine-tune the policyon bike-safe grates and comment on how to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians
in the proposed I-70 Corridor!

I LOVE this job!!

I have been to St. Louis to a meeting about the Mississippi River Trail and to Kansas City to celebrate the kick-off of the Riverfront Heritage Trail. I havemet with representatives of several state agencies to discuss the creation of statewide bike/ped safety materials packets to send to schools and bike shops. The first week of September I plan to attend the
ProBike/ProWalk conference in St. Paul, MN. I am trying to gather as much information in as short a time as possible to equip myself to do my best to make our state a better place in which to ride a bicycle and in which to be a pedestrian.

The MoDOT folks have, without exception, been kind, helpful and interested in helping to make our state more bike/ped accessible. The problem I have encountered is that it takes sooooo looooong to make changes. I am amazed by the number of other agencies, city groups and MoDOT departments who must have input into decisions.

During my efforts to gain b/p accommodations on the Jefferson City Bridge, I am constantly amazed by the amount of money and the difficulty level required by something I thought would be quick and easy. MoDOT is required to meet federal and state standards for ADA, lane widths, percent of grade, guard rails and sidewalk width, plus stay within the maximum load-bearing capacity of the bridge! So far I have permission and funding to replace the grates with bike-safe ones and restripe the lanes on the northbound bridge to allow a seven-foot outside shoulder. The plan is to accomplish this next May.

I have discovered that it is impossible to "just do it!"

Most days I am grateful for the day to end. It's not because I don't like what I'm doing...it's because my poor 64k brain has been stuffed with 250k of vocabulary and new knowledge!

It is my hope that I will be able to email regular updates on my progress towards making Missouri a better place for bicyclists and pedestrians. Please let me know if you wish to be on the email list.

Tailwinds, Caryn
573-522-9297, giarrc1 @ mail.modot.state.mo.us
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KCMO's first-ever citywide bicycle plan, BikeKC, passes crucial Committee vote

Below is the report submitted by local advocate Brent Hugh, one a handful of local citizens organizing support for Bike KC, about the passage of BikeKC in the key Kansas City, MO, City Council Committee meeting in August, 2002:

BikeKC passed a crucial committee meeting vote today, August 7th, 2002. Now we need your support to help it pass the full City Council.

BikeKC is a plan to

* Add a network of bicycle routes to already-existing streets. 

* Create and encourage the creation of the infrastructure that makes bicycling a viable
transportation choice. Examples: bike racks and bike lockers around town, showers in places of

* Reserve enough right-of-way in new developments so that new streets will have enough room for
bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

I am pleased to report that the meeting went very well and BikeKC was passed along to the full city
council with a favorable recommendation.

The Bike Parade
 Our "Bike Parade" to the committee meeting was a great success and a lot of fun. We estimated over 60 riders joined in--not bad for a ride on a Wednesday afternoon that had only been announced a few days before.

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BikeKC to be brought to a vote

Are drivers willing to share the road with bicyclists? Riders have a plan they say will make cycling safer. It is called Bike KC, and supporters are gearing up to put it before a City Council committee this week.

KMBC had a good report on the issues involved in the BikeKC plan, summarized on their web site:

KC To Consider Bike Routes On Streets

Backer Of Plan Says It Would Make KC More Livable

POSTED: 4:41 p.m. CDT August 5, 2002
UPDATED: 4:55 p.m. CDT August 5, 2002

Are drivers willing to share the road with bicyclists? Riders have a plan they say will make cycling safer. It is called Bike KC, and supporters are gearing up to put it before a City Council committee this week.

KMBC's Bev Chapman reported that Meyer Boulevard and Valley are two roads that one day could contain a painted bike lane.

Brent Hugh and his son, Jonathon, 6, believe the metropolitan area would be a better place if there was more bicycling instead of driving.

"It could really make our city a more livable place," Hugh said.

Hugh and other riders are supporting a plan to integrate a network of bike routes on Kansas City streets, like the one he rides in Raytown.

"It just made a tremendous difference," Hugh said. "Now you see families walking, people bicycling, kids bicycling."

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Why support BikeKC--A Plan to Make Kansas City More Bicycle-Friendly

The plan has been years in development, but is now stuck in committee at the city council. Your support could make the difference in making bicycling a safer and more convenient transportation and recreation option in Kansas City.

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