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Missouri gets 'D' in cycling

Monday, May 12, 2008

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Missouri lags behind the rest of the nation when it comes to cycling and walking as a means of commuting.

That's according to the Missouri Bicycle Federation which just released its first annual "Bicycling and Walking in Missouri -- A Report Card."

It gave Missouri a "D," just in time for National Bike to Work Week.

David Henline commutes 42 miles round-trip to work every day. He'd give St. Louis a C+.

But he notes that he lives in an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis with lots of routes and sidewalks for pedestrians. He says he's educated about riding, and feels safe.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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I can understand the rating...but what states did well and why? Were they states such as Massachusetts where towns are largely "locked in" and have built up or is it more like California, or Texas which are more apt to build outward.

I used to do pretty well getting around St. Louis without a driver's license (I refused to get my license in the end because I couldn't have afforded to live on my own and still drive). I rode my bicycle to work (admittedly it took my about an 1 1/2 hours but that was almost as long as it took me to ride the bus to work. I lived in the Crestwood area while my job was close to Forest Park) and rode the bus when I absolutely needed to (i.e. when it was bad weather).

When I moved down to Cape I immediately knew riding my bike wouldn't be an option to safely and comfortably get around town. A combination of too spread out, too many major roads and not enough smaller ones to take, and drivers that aren't respectful of pedestrians or cyclists (when there isn't a sidewalk to be had around, where else are pedestrians going to walk? In the flooded ditches????).

BTW, on that last note...St. Louis Drivers weren't much better so I'm not too concerned on that count. I just wish the roads all had sidewalks or decent margins on the outside.

-- Posted by AtheneBelle on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 5:50 PM

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