Many from towns surrounding Jefferson City, along the route of the proposed 144-mile Rock Island Trail from Windsor to Beaufort, will gather at the State Capitol on Aug. 11 to show their support for the trail.
The rally—organized by Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc., the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy—comes as state officials, including the Department of Natural Resources, are considering whether or not to accept the donation of the 144-mile stretch of the former Rock Island rail line from Ameren. The state has until February 2018 to make a decision and is currently collecting public comments about the project.
WHAT: A rally to demonstrate public support and enthusiasm for the Rock Island Trail
WHEN: Aug. 11, 2017, 8 a.m. Central (registration), 8:30 a.m. Central (rally begins)
WHERE: Missouri State Capitol, South Steps, 201 W. Capitol Ave., Jefferson City, Missouri
WHO: Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc., the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and elected officials and business owners from communities along the Rock Island Trail.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization with more than 160,000 members and supporters, is the nation’s largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines. Connect with RTC at railstotrails.org and @railstotrails on Facebook.
Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit coalition of citizens and communities with a mission to preserve the Rock Island corridor and build a hiking and biking trail. Learn more at rockislandtrail.org.
The Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation is a statewide coalition of bicyclists, walkers, runners, trail organizations and related businesses which represent over 50,000 Missourians and advocates on behalf of the state’s two million ardent bicyclists and six million walkers. Learn more at MoBikeFed.org.