Bicycle Ban Amendment Defeated: Cyclists Celebrate "Victory of the Decade"

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Missouri Bicycle Federation
Bikers are calling yesterday's amendment defeat the bicycling victory of the decade.
In what cycling enthusiasts are calling "the most important victory for bicycling in Missouri in 10 years -- and perhaps 100," an amendment cutting bicycles from potential transportation funding was defeated in a vote in the Missouri House on Tuesday.

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Bike Ban: Rep. Paul Curtman Tries to Cut Bicycles from Missouri Transportation Funding

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A new amendment could restrict bikes from state funding.
Missouri's bicycling enthusiasts launched a grassroots campaign over the weekend after a legislator tried to take bicycles off the list of transportation methods eligible for more state funding.

Rep. Paul Curtman, a Republican who represents Franklin County, says he doesn't want roads and bridges to compete with bikes for funds from an upcoming ballot measure for a 1 percent sales tax increase. He filed an amendment Thursday that would eliminate the word "bicycle" from the ballot measure completely.


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St. Louis Artist Takes World-Record Unicycle Ride Across Central America, U.S., Canada

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Cary Gray
Unicyclist Cary Gray is traveling down to South America on one wheel.
Technically, St. Louisan Cary Gray broke the Guinness World Record for longest unicycle trip in Catarina, Nicaragua, after riding 9,126 miles through Canada, the U.S. and Central America on one wheel.

Sadly, he was a few days too late. Just before Gray hit the record-breaking mark, an Australian rider snatched the title after riding nearly 10,000 miles.

But Gray doesn't seem to mind. He's not worried about the nasty bacterial infection he caught in his stomach, flat tires, bumpy roads or steep hills, either. In his video and blog updates, 25-year-old Gray seems jubilant at the chance to explore two continents on one wheel.


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Bike Index: National Registry Picks St. Louis for Pilot City, Launches Tool to Help Stop Thefts

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Bike Index lets people register their bikes in St. Louis.
A new national bicycle registry is launching first in St. Louis to help bike owners get their wheels back after they've been stolen.

Anyone who's had a bicycle stolen knows the only thing worse is seeing the same bike for sale online days later. Bike Index, a registry founded in Chicago, records bikes' serial numbers, colors, style and photos into an online database to help bike owners prove what bike is theirs.

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Emily Hagan: Attorney Says Rain, Street Construction Were Factors in DWI Cyclist Death

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Emily Hagan
This week, news broke that Emily Hagan, a 31-year-old Kirkwood resident, has accepted a plea deal for a three-year sentence -- one year after she was accused of killing a cyclist while driving drunk in University City.

"Emily...wanted to accept the responsibility and she did," her attorney Art Margulis tells Daily RFT. "This was a tragic situation."

But what led to a plea deal that removed the DWI charge?

Margulis argues that it was a tough case for the prosecution.

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Bart Korman Pushes Cycling Ban Bill, Says Residents Are Fed Up With Bikes On Highways

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Last month, cycling advocates across Missouri began spreading the word about a possible "bicycle ban" bill that Republican lawmakers would be promoting this legislative session -- in hopes of squashing it before it was even introduced.

Despite the preemptive push-back, Representative Bart Korman, of High Hill, introduced the legislation last week, which would prohibit cyclists from riding on certain state roads.

"I do not want to ban little Johnny from riding his bike to school," Korman tells Daily RFT, arguing that some of the backlash is misunderstood. "I want to avoid someone getting hit or killed."

How would his bill impact cyclists?

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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?

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