Speak Up for Missouri funding for walking and bicycling

Missouri is developing a new transportation funding plan, and your voice is needed to ensure it fully includes walking and bicycling.

Legislation is moving through Jefferson City to put a 1 cent transportation sales tax on the ballot this year, providing up to $8 billion to repair roads and bridges, rebuild I-70, and possibly provide the first-ever meaningful state funding for walking, bicycling, and transit. Hearings are being held this week on the legislation, and three local legislators sit on the House and Senate Transportation Committees.

Use this form to email Senator Jason  Holsman (western and southern Jackson County), Representative Tom McDonald (Independence and Raytown), and Representative Sheila Solon (Blue Springs). These are the only local legislators on these key committees, so they need to hear your voice even if you don't live in one of their districts.

Missouri has historically provided very little funding for walking and bicycling. The trails, bike lanes, and sidewalks built in Greater Kansas City in recent years are funded by a mix of local and federal dollars. With new funding, MoDOT and the state could finally become a real partner and accelerate efforts to make our region bike-friendly and walk-friendly.

The Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation has more information on the two bills being heard this week.