Winter Cycling

Ice Storm January 2005

Another ice storm is on the way! Here are a few web sites to surf while you are huddled in the basement watching Katie Horner narrate the end of the world. My biggest tip specific to KC is to be alert for metal plates, manhole covers, and potholes under the snow.

Olathe Bike Plan Meeting

Next week the suburb of Olathe, KS will present an update on the city’s new bike master plan, which combines on-street bike routes with multi-use trails to provide an integrated transportation and recreation network.  Planners are hoping for a February 2008 adoption by the Olathe City Council.

The EarthRiders forum has the details on the meeting.

River City: All Cross, All The Time

December is definitely cyclocross time here in river city. Last weekend was the Boss Cross on the banks of the Missouri River in Parkville. (Photos from Desmond Wilkins and Bruce Edwards)

This weekend is the Missouri state championship in Hermann, and next weekend KCK hosts the national championships. Later this month Epic Bike and Sport inaugurates a Christmas ‘cross event, just days before the KC championships at the 3rd annual Grote Prijs Shawnee.

Levees in The Pitch

This week’s Pitch has a column by David Martin covering some of the issues around getting access to levees for trail use.

The Pitch: Held Back

Katy Trail Coming to KC

Today Missouri government officials announced a settlement with the Ameren utility company over the collapse of the Taum Sauk dam and reservoir in central Missouri. One part of the much larger settlement includes the extension of Katy Trail State Park to the KC metro area. This is a momentous development in a long struggle to connect the trail across the full width of the state.

Ameren will give the Department of Natural Resources a lease to 46 miles of the unused Rock Island rail line between Windsor and Pleasant Hill, KC’s most southeasterly suburb. The company will also give the state $18 million for construction of the new trail. Unlike the existing Katy Trail on the old rail bed, this extension will be a new trail alongside railroad.

How to cycle your bike if you have herpes in 2017 . best weed grinder . nutrition diet . הדברה בבאר שבע . Breast Augmentation http://best-axes.netThe rest of the Rock Island line between Pleasant Hill and the Truman Sports Complex is owned by the Union Pacific railroad, and plans are already underway for putting a trail along that segment. At the Sports Complex the trail will eventually connect to a new trail along the Blue River, that will allow for onward connections to Downtown via the Missouri River and to the Trolley Track Trail via the Brush Creek trail.

The Star has more info.

The Missouri Bicycle Federation has all the details.

Here is a map of the Rock Island line.

Cranksgiving on the radio


Cranksgiving 2007 was featured on KCUR recently. Listen to the story, and check out photos from the event.

Photo of the Week

MoDOT's head up its ass

This great costume from the Halloween Critical Mass shows the Missouri Department of Transportation with its head up its ass :)

Naked ride busted

The Pitch has the story of a naked bike ride busted in the Crossroads on First Friday earlier this month.

KCMO Planning/zoning update

Let’s Go KC has an update on bicycle, pedestrian, and transit regulations in the city’s new development code, the thing that controls where/what/how things get built in the city.  It is shaping up to be a pretty step forward for making the city more bike/ped friendly, thanks to many of you who wrote letters to the City Council.

Christmas in the Sky

Christmas in the Sky is a fireworks display to kick off Christmas in the Park, Jackson County’s annual holiday light display at Longview Lake. This year the swell folks at The Bicycle Shack are leading a group ride around the lake to check out the fireworks and lights.

Here are the details.

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