Missouri bicycle ban bill introduced
House Bill 672, attempting to ban recreational cycling on any state highways within 2 miles of a state-owned bicycle trail, has been introduced into the Missouri House:
It was not introduced by Rep. Rick Brattin, but by Rep. Bart Korman. Rep. Rick Brattin is, however, sponsoring the bill, along with Reps. Jay Houghton and David Wood. All of the sponsoring Representatives are Republicans. All are from rural or exurban districts.
Here is the actual text of the proposed law:
This law is primarily due to complaints of cyclists in Missouri Route 94, which runs generally parallel to our famous Katy Trail, on the north side of the Missouri River. Some citizens likely feel that cyclists should be forced to ride the Katy trail, rather than state highways. These citizens likely aired their grievances to their local Representatives, who introduced the bill.
Originally Posted by Missouri House Bill 672
The bill is unique because it would ban travel by bike based on your location, destination, and where you live. It would be all but unenforceable (officer, I was just going to stop at that church down the road!). Also, some roads SOUTH of the Missouri River would now be illegal to ride on where they fall in the 2-mile buffer zone, despite the fact that cyclists would have to ride dozens of miles out of their way to avoid random patches of highway within this buffer zone (bridges across the Missouri River are few and far between).
The law also lacks any provision for riding on a state highway due to a state-owned trail being muddy, icy, too rough for a skinny-tired bike, or full of pedestrians (which it often is near St. Charles).