Location: Missouri

Incomplete Streets for Missouri

It looks like Missouri’s “Complete Streets” bill is dead.

Despite being passed by the Missouri House by a vote of 139-9, and being poised to pass the Senate Transportation Committee this week, the bill, which would have required the Department of Transportation “to provide full consideration for bicyclists, pedestrians, disabled persons, and transit users in its plans, programs, and projects”, stalled when MoDOT Director Pete Rahn voiced opposition to the measure.

Although MoDOT’s research group had returned a fiscal note indicating the impact of the bill on MoDOT’s budget would be $0, Rahn apparently became concerned that the bill would require MoDOT to pay more attention to the needs and safety of bicyclists and pedestrians than it wishes to. The agency could face real consequences for failure to safely accommodate for pedestrians, bicyclists, and people with disabilities, where now it faces none.

Rahn subsequently met with the bill’s sponsor, Representative Mike Sutherland, and personally promised that MoDOT would implement internal policy changes to make the Complete Streets bill unnecessary.

Sutherland then then stated that he will monitor the situation and can re-introduce the needed legislation if progress as promised does not materialize.

This is a discouraging development, especially after the original version of the bill had been watered down to appease MoDOT concerns.

For more detailed information read the Missouri Bicycle Federation’s coverage of the issue: MoDOT halts Complete Streets bill; promises to implement it via internal policy

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By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web's premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

2 responses to “Incomplete Streets for Missouri”

  1. This really is a shame. I don’t have a lot of faith in MoDOT, that they will actually make the progress that is needed to make Missouri bicycle friendly. After getting rid of key bicycle friendly staff members and then working to shoot down this. I have a bad feeling about it all.

    MoDOT, prove me wrong.

    Mr. Sutherland, don’t let this legislation die if Rahn doesn’t step up.