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Ride the Katy

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Enjoy a relaxed ride on the Katy Trail and discover the treasures of our own backyard: trails, rivers, parks, farms, and forests. Experience Missouri’s spectacular countryside and celebrate the partnership between Trailnet and the Katy Land Trust.

  • Need a Katy Trail bike?
    You can rent a bike from Katy Bike Rental – rental fees benefit Trailnet
  • Don’t want to pedal round trip?
    Katy Bike Rental will also provide one-way shuttle service either from Defiance to Peers or from Peers to Defiance
  • Feeling lucky?
    The ride features a Poker Run – every registrant will receive one hand of poker; additional poker hands may be purchased when you register online
  • Enjoy great music and refreshments
    At the newly renovated Peers Store and at rest stops in Augusta and Dutzow
  • Stay to celebrate!
    Join us for the after party at Trail Smokehouse –  enjoy live music, contests and drink specials (for riders with wristbands); prizes will be awarded for the best poker hands; learn about Trailnet’s exciting collaboration with the Katy Land Trust

Starting Location: Katy Bike Rental, Defiance, MO
Time: Registration: 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., Ride: 10:00 a.m.
Mileage: 42 round trip (flat gravel surface)
Price: Members: $8 online, $10 at event; Nonmembers $11 online, $16 at event
Online registration: here

 

 

Trailnet and the Katy Land Trust Partner to “Ride the Katy”

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RideTheKatyPostIf the Gateway Arch forms the contemporary pillars of the front porch of our region, then the Katy Trail is a meandering path through our backyard. In the city, cultural institutions and historical sites are a short walk from home. On the Katy Trail, you can set out for an afternoon and bike through woodlands and meadows, past the bluffs of the Missouri River.

The Katy Land Trust and Trailnet have formed a partnership to highlight attractions in the area accessible by active transportation.  The organizations will collaborate to connect the region and to highlight the area’s natural and cultural treasures. Join us on Saturday, July 16 to celebrate this new partnership as we Ride the Katy from Defiance to the newly-renovated Peers Store, where riders can enjoy live music and refreshments.

“The CityArchRiver project reminds us that St. Louis is the door that opened to the west,” says Dan Burkhardt, author and founder of the Katy Land Trust. “Many who focus on the rejuvenated Arch already have an interest in river-related activities. This ride will be a prime time to showcase our other ‘just around the river’s bend’ attractions: trails, rivers, parks, farms and forests that are closer than most visitors realize. The variety of natural and scenic wonders surrounding St. Louis is truly remarkable and they distinguish our region from many other cities.”

Experience Missouri’s spectacular countryside and meet the directors of Trailnet and the Katy Land Trust who will be on hand to discuss this exciting partnership.

For details about the ride and to register online, click here.

What’s going on with state legislation

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Trailnet tracks proposed state legislation and looks for opportunities to engage you in creating important policy change. We have no active advocacy alerts at this time, but we will be in touch as soon as action is needed. Here’s a list of the legislation we support, oppose, and the issues we’re working to address.

State legislation we support

All ages ban on texting while driving – Expands the current ban on sending, reading or writing a text message to include ALL persons operating a motor vehicle in this state, not just those 21 years of age and younger.

HB 1423 (Nate Walker)

HB 1377 (Keith English)

SB 569 (Sen. David Pearce)

Getting tougher on dangerous drivers – Increases fines and driver’s license suspension periods for drivers whose fail to yield or cause injures or deaths. Such drivers would also be required to pass a driver improvement program before driving privileges would be reinstated.

HB 1813 (Hicks)

SB 917 (Schaefer)

Establishing minimum distance for passing a cyclist – 24 states set a specific minimum distance for vehicles when passing a bicyclist. Missouri should do so as well.

HB 2044 (Davis)

State legislation we oppose

Mandating safety flags on bicycles – Requires bicycles using lettered roads in the state to be equipped with a 15-foot safety flag.

HB 2046 (Houghton)

Allowing motorized traffic on the Katy Trail – Allows golf carts and ATVs on the Katy Trail for certain individuals. Users value the Katy Trail precisely because motorized vehicles aren’t allowed. In addition, a fiscal note estimates the costs involved in retrofitting the trail to accommodate motorized vehicles would run well over $40 million.

HB 2047 (Houghton)

State legislation desperately needed

Transportation funding that meets the needs of all – Missouri spends only nine cents per capita on public transportation funding, which ranks 44th of the 50 states. Missouri also fails to provide any dedicated state transportation funds for walking or bicycling. Transportation options that meet the needs of all citizens are vital to a strong economy and public health. Our state legislators need to advance a comprehensive transportation funding proposal this year!

Missouri House committee to vote on bill that would allow motor vehicles on Katy Trail

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HB-2047

Last week Trailnet, along with other organized bike, pedestrian, and trail advocates, urged members of the Missouri House Conservation Committee to vote “NO” on HB 2047, which would allow motorized traffic (ATVs and golf carts) on the Katy Trail. The committee will most likely vote on the bill this week.

We sent our comments to the committee Wednesday, February 10, outlining the reasons behind our opposition. To see our full comments, click here.

At this time we only want to make you aware of the bill’s existence. No action on your part is requested since the bill may die in committee. The bill will likely lose traction because of its recently estimated fiscal impact to implement: it would cost the state over $40 million to accommodate ATVs and golf carts. This news may change the minds of the bill’s supporters.

Still, if the bill moves forward in the legislative process, we’ll send an advocacy alert to mobilize public opposition to the bill.

Shortly after our opposition email was sent to the house committee, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a story about the bill, and much more opposition to the bill was generated. We hope this dialogue continues. The Katy Trail is meant to cater to those who wish to enjoy active lifestyles in a natural setting without the dangers of motor vehicle traffic. We’re ready to work to keep it that way for the many benefits it provides to people and our economy. Stay tuned to our social media sites for updates.