Bicycle Ban Bill: Will Missouri Lawmakers Prohibit Cycling on Some State Roads?

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A legislative proposal to ban bicycles on certain state roads throughout Missouri hasn't been introduced yet, but cycling advocates across the state are hoping to spread the word and build opposition to the proposal before it's even debated at the Capitol.

The legislation -- a draft version of which was obtained by advocates and is on full view below -- would prohibit cycling on state roads within two miles of state-owned paths or trails.

"Missouri should be the most outstanding state in the nation for biking -- it's a huge economic draw," Brent Hugh, executive director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation tells Daily RFT, adding of the bill, "This is completely impractical."

Will this kind of measure have enough support to pass?

A draft of the proposal is currently being circulated around Jefferson City, says Hugh. The expected sponsor is Representative Bart Korman, a Republican from High Hill, Missouri, who has reportedly been sending the draft around in search of cosponsors. Several representatives friendly to MoBikeFed recently forwarded it the organization, he says.

As written in the draft, the bill says:

[B]icycle operation on a state-maintained roadway is prohibited when there is a state-owned bicycle path or trail that runs generally parellel to and within two miles of a state roadway, except a bicycle may operate on the shoulder of a state roadway when the bicycle is operated as a means to ride to or from the operator's home to another residence, to a place of business, to a school, or to any public facility.

Huh?

"The general idea is, if there's a [bike] path parallel to a road, then bicyclists have to go on the path and can't use the road," Hugh explains.

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via kansascyclist.com

The intention is to get cyclists off roads as much as possible when there's a nearby bike path -- but Hugh and other advocates point out that two miles is fairly far away.

"That's a whole bike ride for some people," he says.

As outlined in the excerpt above, the bill does include exceptions -- if the cyclist is going somewhere on that exact route, for example. But that becomes very much a grey area and is unenforceable, critics argue.

"Let's say you live on that road or you're going to work on that road," he says. "People are going to keep riding."

Cycling, he notes, is not just a sport. It's an important mode of transportation that deserves respect and basic protection in the law.

"The people who moan and groan about this...have in mind that people are bicycling just for fun," he says. "But people don't realize that just because you're dressed up in spandex, you could easily be riding to work.... There's a lot of misunderstandings."

Continue for more details on the proposal and the full draft legislation.

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xvdgry57
xvdgry57

I wouldn't mind seeing DRIVERS actually getting ticketed for not obeying the rules of the road. If you want to hold up traffic and ride on the street, then you should be penalized for not obeying the law. 


I drive a big commercial truck long haul nationwide and I prefer to ride my bicycle when at home for errands within 10 miles. Everyday I see DRIVERS speeding, failing to stop, failing to signal, road raging, swerving out of lanes, driving the wrong way on one way roads, double parking, running red lights, texting while driving, reading newspapers while driving, reading iPads while driving, applying makeup while driving, shaving while driving.


If we apply your logic to this driver problem we would logically BAN ALL AUTOMOBILES from the road. The problem is no more a car, a bike or a gun but the person operating it.

But remember, the 3 options just mentioned (car, gun and bike) cause decreasing damage when used poorly.

dirtroadrunner
dirtroadrunner

If only cars would follow the rules of the road.  Yesterday I saw a car run a stop sign.  BAN CARS FROM THE ROAD.  Another car passed me, and they were SPEEDING!  BAN CARS FROM THE ROAD!  I saw someone else today driving with their lights off after dark.  BAN CARS FROM THE ROAD.  I also saw someone driving the wrong way down a one-way street.  BAN CARS FROM THE ROAD.  Sometimes people get behind the wheel of a car drunk.  BAN CARS FROM THE ROAD.  While were at it, BAN ALCOHOL TOO!

When will drivers of cars realize the rules of the road apply to them too?  Since they never will, they e should be BANNED from the road.  All roadways in Missouri should be legal for bicycle, pedestrian, or Amish buggy use only.  It just isn't safe to have all of those cars driving down our road. 


BAN CARS FROM THE ROAD!!!!!

dirtroadrunner
dirtroadrunner

If only cars would follow the rules of the road.  Yesterday I saw a car run a stop sign.  BAN CARS FROM THE ROAD.  Another car passed me, and they were SPEEDING!  BAN CARS FROM THE ROAD!  I saw someone else today driving with their lights off after dark.  BAN CARS FROM THE ROAD.  I also saw someone driving the wrong way down a one-way street.  BAN CARS FROM THE ROAD.

When will drivers of cars realize the rules of the road apply to them too?  Since they never will, they e should be BANNED from the road.  All roadways in Missouri should be legal for bicycle, pedestrian, or Amish buggy use only.  It just isn't safe to have all of those cars driving down our road. 


BAN CARS FROM THE ROAD!!!!!

jealousblues1
jealousblues1

People tour the world on their bikes and do cross country trips. 

I think its fair to share the road.

Some times its not feasible for people to ride on trails.  For a really experienced rider a trail would have too much foot traffic and you cannot ride fast and you could potentially injure someone (ironically close to the road issue).  Sometimes people ride many, many miles a day and a 8 mile trail isnt going to cut it unless you want to go back and forth a ton of times.

Glenn Gibson
Glenn Gibson

There are already bridges built and to be built to accommodate bikes and pedestrians. The lawmakers need to focus on something else.

James Wright
James Wright

Well John, were you not paying attention? I have come across many walkers that have headphones in, dogs not on leashes, you name it. Also, that's great for trail riding, but there should not be any reason a bike can go out on e road. I do think if you are a bike rider and you are holding up traffic pretty bad, get over and let traffic lighten up. But I have had people throw sodas at me even when I am riding on the sidewalk, so I can see where some riders just don't care. Again, we are punishing people for ,reducing carbon emissions, and trying to get some fitness in.

John L. Williams
John L. Williams

Missouri has great parks like Castlewood to go ride in. But beware if you hike there because I've nearly been clipped by bikers on several occasions.

John Dunning
John Dunning

Absolutely, some speed limits are way too high to allow bikes on...

James Wright
James Wright

every road should be built with multi-use in mind, bikes, skateboards, walkers, who cares! Why is there no lane for other than cars?

James Wright
James Wright

my guess is the people here bitching about bikes, dont ride. The city is great to ride in, except when idiot drivers DO NOT obey red lights, i have almost been hit twice from people just plain not paying attention. But, yeah, its all the bikes fault!!!

Ryan Stufft
Ryan Stufft

In some areas it is really bad because bikers have poor road habits.

Marisela Rivas
Marisela Rivas

Missouri is the worst, or one of the worst places to cycle. Drivers just aren't very curteous, they think they own the road. Maybe if people shared the road more people would ride and be healthier. Missouri is in the top ten most obese states in the country. Sharing the road with a cyclist and slowing down 2 seconds while he makes his turn isn't exactly blocking traffic. The car in front of you thats driver is to busy talking on a cell phone is a much bigger inconvenience, especially when they cause an accident.

Aubrey L. Cox
Aubrey L. Cox

Does anyone remember when there used to be minimum speed limits? If people on bicycles have the right to block traffic why can't I choose to go down the road on a Skateboard ?

John L. Williams
John L. Williams

I wouldn't mind seeing bikers actually getting ticketed for not obeying the rules of the road. If you want to hold up traffic and ride on the street, then you should be penalized for not obeying the law.

Emily Bahn
Emily Bahn

Agreed Michael. More bike lanes would help, but what would make things better too is if bikers would actually follow the rules of the road. So many think that stop signs, stop lights, and any other traffic signs don't apply to them simply because they aren't driving a car. I can't tell you how many times I've seen bikers run right through a light without even slowing down. Thankful we moved to SoCo and no longer drive down Delmar where bikes are always in the way because they have no where else to ride.

Michael Herod
Michael Herod

For all cyclists, Here's an idea, stop riding on narrow, heavily trafficked roadways with no shoulders or no where to pass. Nothing more irritating than being stuck being a bunch of slow moving bicycles.

James Wright
James Wright

as long as the have a better plan on where they could ride.

Kevin Rudroff
Kevin Rudroff

They could never enforce anything like this. But if you really wanna help a cyclist,stop using your electronic devices while you drive

Bambi Zj Baker
Bambi Zj Baker

Hm it might be good it could force more bike lanes god knows most bus systems here suck

Tony Grimmig
Tony Grimmig

The last time I checked bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Another way for government to target a group who lives a healthy lifestyle.

Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

They should ban lawmakers from Jefferson City instead. The Missouri legislature is a joke.

Scott Smith
Scott Smith

it would be unfair and stupid. it's the people driving that are blowing it.

jealousblues1
jealousblues1

@Marisela Rivas I was reading a blog about people who do cross country trips on their bikes and they talked about how bad Missouri was with the drivers being aholes to them (and the hills in Ozark land and small roads) compared to the rest of the country 

jeffreydennis
jeffreydennis

@Aubrey L. Cox Minimums exist on interstates and a skateboard is not identified as a vehicle. Anything else i can answer for you?

jealousblues1
jealousblues1

@Aubrey L. Cox I believe there are minimum limits still on the highway.

I believe the "correct" place for a bike to be ridden IS the street and the sidewalk is considered incorrect legally.  Though I may be mistaken.

BeNiceToBikes
BeNiceToBikes

@John L. Williams Often times bikers do get ticketed for riding on the sidewalk or running lights.  I would like to see more motorists getting ticketed for honking, yelling, and throwing things at bikers when bicycles are obeying the law on city streets, or for not looking where they're going and cutting cyclists off.  I believe all bikers should obey traffic laws, but the angry slightly inconvenienced motorist is far more dangerous than a cyclist stopping at a red light, checking to make sure the path is clear, and then proceeding through it to get a beat on traffic and not have to compete for the lane. 

jealousblues1
jealousblues1

@Emily Bahn in some states they have laws specifically for cyclists about this where its legal at certain intersections

ConservativeValues
ConservativeValues

@Michael Herod I'm sure cyclists feel the same way, and are irritated by impatient motorists endangering everyone just to save a few seconds. Fact is, bicyclists use the roads for the same reasons motorists do -- to get somewhere -- and have the exact same expectation of being able to do so safely and comfortably.

rhondaleebaby69
rhondaleebaby69

For all motorists, Here's an idea, stop tailgating on narrow, heavily trafficked roadways and learn how to pass properly. Nothing more irritating than being honked at by a bunch of motorists who don't recognize your right to the road.

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