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Sunday, January 31, 2010

News from the Midwest Bicycle Expo & Swap Meet

It's always fun to visit the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation's annual Midwest Bicycle Expo & Swap, which took place today in Collinsville, Ill. It's always fun to catch up with my cycling friends and let people know about the upcoming Tour de Stooges.

Although the number of vendors appeared to be down there -- I'm sure the recession had a lot to do with that --  Federation officials say attendance was up this year.

The biggest news to come out of the show was the announcement of a partnership between the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation and the Missouri Department of Transportation. MoBikeFed will work with MoDOT and other transportation entities to identify the highest priority bicycle, pedestrian and disabled projects in Missouri.

MoBikeFed Executive Director Brent Hugh revealed the initiative during the show. MoBikeFed has developed an online form for people to nominate a project. The page includes detailed instructions on how to nominate the project.

MoBikeFed will work with MoDOT and their transportation partners to narrow that list down to the best and truly practical projects.The shortened list of projects will then be added to MoDOT's planning process with the hopes of completing them in the next 5 to 7 years, provided funding is available and the projects are supported by the public.

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