Win a bike during National Bike Month!
Sixty years ago, the League of American Bicyclists designated the month of May as National Bike Month. This is a perfect time to celebrate the many benefits of bicycling and to encourage more folks to give biking a try.
Here at Trailnet, we’ll be celebrating bikes all month long with a Shift Your Commute May Challenge, with National Bike to Work Day, and by giving away this great Electra Cruiser to the lucky winner of our bike raffle. This 7-speed classic aluminum cruiser features a step-through frame, twist shifter, fenders, a comfy seat, and balloon tires.
Here’s how you can enter to win:
The drawing will be held on June 1st. Spend the Summer cruising around town on your new wheels!
For information or to buy tickets by phone, contact Carol Schmidt at (314) 436-1324 ext. 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to for the generous donation of the bike.
What’s going on with state legislation
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!
Trailnet’s St. Charles County Epic Mountain Bike Event – January 17, 2015
While the conditions for single track riding in Lost Valley and Klondike Park were too spongy, the Hamburg and Katy Trails utilizing the Great Rivers Greenway connector were almost ideal. For mid-January, the weather seemed more like spring. The day started out in the low 40s with bright sunshine. Our partner, Missouri Department of Conservation, hosted the start/finish at the Weldon Spring Conservation Area maintenance facility near Highway 94.
At 9:00 a.m., 60 cyclists were ready to roll and begin their 14-mile loop. With temperatures unseasonably warm, the frozen ground thawed and was slightly soggy. Though soggy, the two trails served as great routes for a pleasant ride. Cyclists returned smiling and slightly speckled with white limestone mud. After resting briefly and getting some nourishment, cyclists who made the loop in less than 2 hours jumped back on for another go-around.
While the cyclists were out, Trailnet’s new Executive Director, Ralph Pfremmer, prepared chili for the after-party. Ralph was also the day’s announcer, calling out some of the faster or muddier cyclists. By noon most of the cyclists had returned from one, two, or three laps of the course and were ready for chili with all the fixings.
They were also treated to cold beer from O’Fallon Brewery. St. Charles County Parks, another Epic partner, prepared handmade plaques from sections of local cedar trees for all cyclists– a cool reward for finishing a fun ride! By 2:00 p.m., temperatures were in the low 60s and cyclists ended the day with their fill of food and drink at the after-party.
Trailnet’s St. Charles County Epic Mountain Bike Event was funded, in part, by Great Rivers Greenway District, in partnership with Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri State Parks, and St. Charles County Parks, and sponsored by Alpine Shop and The Bike Surgeon.
2015 Bike Expo Vendors
Trailnet’s Bike Expo includes a variety of vendors to peruse for the latest bike programs, events, groups, gear, and trinkets. Check out the list below! Vendor booths are still available, register today.
Alpha Brewing Company
American Diabetes Association
Big BAM LLC
Big Poppi Bikes
Big Shark Bicycle Co.
Clean Bike Co.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Ferguson Bicycle Shop
Gateway Off-Road Cyclists
Great Rivers Greenway
Green BEAN Delivery
HealthSource Chiropractic Progressive Rehab & Wellness
International Christian Cycling Club
KATY Bike Rental
LaBerta and Sons Cycles
League of Illinois Bicyclists
Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter
Manchester United Methodist Church – Bicycle Rehab Program
Metro East Park and Recreations District
Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation
National MS Society
Old Bike Parts Online
Padre’s Cycle Inn
Pedego Electric Bikes of Edwardsville
PT’s Bicycle Shop/Squeaky Wheels Bicycle Shop
R and M Cyclery
Randy’s Recycled Cycles
Real Time Pain Relief
Retro Image Apparel Two
Ridge Prairie Trailhead Initiative/Tour de Stooges
Shifan Race Wear Inc
St. Louis Bicycle Works
The Bike Factory
The Cyclery and Fitness Center
Trek Bicycle Store of St. Louis – Ballwin
Underwood Chiropractic, LLC
Urban Tri Gear