House Concurrent Resolution No. 35



      Whereas, the bicycle is a viable and environmentally sound form of transportation and an excellent form of recreation; and


            Whereas, millions of Missourians will experience the joys of bicycling during the month of May through educational programs, races, commuting events, trail work days, helmet promotion, charity events, or just getting out and going for a ride; and


            Whereas, Missouri's Katy Trail attracts hundreds of thousands of bicyclists each year from all 50 states and from across the globe, providing economic, health, and scenic benefits to the citizens of Missouri and the world; and


            Whereas, Missouri hosts four major cross-country bicycle tourism routes that attracts thousands of cross-country and local bicyclists each year, including the Mississippi River/Great Rivers Trail, the American Discovery Trail, the Lewis and Clark Trail, and the TransAmerican Trail; and


            Whereas, the Tour of Missouri bicycle race is poised to again bring hundreds of world-class athletes and thousands of bicycle tourists to Missouri on September 8-14, 2008, and put Missouri's bicycling attractions and scenic countryside before a world stage; and


            Whereas, these bicycling activities and attractions have great potential to have a positive impact on Missouri's economy and tourism industry and to stimulate economic development by making the state attractive to businesses and citizens who enjoy the out of doors and healthy lifestyles; and


            Whereas, creating bicycle-friendly communities has been shown to improve citizens' health, well-being, and quality of life, to boost community spirit, to improve traffic safety, and to reduce pollution and congestion; and


            Whereas, May has been declared National Bike Month for each of the last 52 years, and is so again in 2008; and


            Whereas, the League of American Bicyclists, the Missouri Bicycle Racing Association , the Missouri Bicycle Federation, bicycle clubs, schools, parks and recreation departments, police departments, hospitals, companies and civic groups through Missouri will be promoting bicycling as a leisure activity as well as an environmentally-friendly alternative to the automobile during the month of May 2008; and


            Whereas, the education of bicyclists and motorists as to the proper and safe operation of bicycles is important to ensure the safety and comfort of all users; and


            Whereas, the Missouri Bicycle Federation, the Kansas City Share the Road Safety Task Force, St. Louis TrailNet, the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation, GetAbout Columbia, the Columbia PedNet Coalition, Velo Girardeau, SpringBike, Ozark Greenways, Parkland Cyclists, St. Joseph Bicycle Club, Quad States Trails of St. Joseph, and other organizations across the state will promote bicycle safety during the month of May 2008:


            Now, therefore, be it resolved that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-fourth General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby recognize the month of May 2008 as "National Bike Month and Bicycle Safety Month", and the week of May 12-16, 2008, as "Bike to Work Week"; and


            Be it further resolved that the General Assembly urges all who support bicycling to participate in the events planned and urges all road users to share the road safety with bicyclists.