MAJOR ON-ROAD BICYCLING ADVOCACY GOALS:
* The complete elimination of the use of the vastly inferior
method of road resurfacing known as "oil and loose gravel" (a.k.a.
"chip & seal",) which is a long-lived and extremely dangerous hazard
for bicyclists. --- (This dangerous hazard persists up to a year or
more; even after most of the "excess" has been attempted to be swept
up. Additionally, the resulting rougher-textured surface also vastly
increases rolling resistance which requires greater pedaling effort,
and increases saddle discomfort while bicycling.)
* Widening of the right-hand lanes of all local, county, state
and federal roads in Missouri to a width of 14-foot without a curb,
and 15-foot with a curb -- in addition to, but not including, any
added width provided by paved "shoulders" (as recommended by the
American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials in
their "Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities.")
* Rubberized "bicycle-proofing" of all railroad crossings.
* Replacement of all road drainage grates with hydraulically
efficient "bicycle-safe" grates [which are available from Neenah
Foundry Company in Neenah, WI.]
* Making sure that all imbedded-in-the-road traffic signal
activator magnetic loop detectors are properly adjusted to be
"bicycle-sensitive." Also, that the most bicycle-sensitive locations
of these magnetic loop detectors -- at the corners of single-loop
detectors, and at the middle end overlaps of
double-loop/"figure-eight" detectors -- are well-marked on the
pavement; with nearby posted signs indicating that "X" marks the
proper spot for bicycles to trigger the traffic signals.
* Expansion of the "Share The Road With Bicyclists" road signage
program to include all local, county, state and federal roads in
* In light of the fact that questions about bicyclists on-road
rights are now included on the Missouri Auto Drivers Test: Initiate
periodic (written) retesting of Missouri auto drivers to increase
auto-driver awareness of the fact that bicycles, by law, belong on the
road. --- (Illinois administers a written retest to its auto drivers
every 9 years.)
* Educate both motorists and bicyclists of all ages that
bicyclists have the same on-road rights and duties as operators of
motor vehicles in all 50 states, via public service announcements on
radio and TV, and in newspapers and magazines, and other media.
* Repeal of all (inherently dangerous and discriminatory)
"mandatory-use" sidepath laws. --- (The vast majority of U.S. states
have repealed their mandatory-use sidepath laws precisely because of
the [documented] increased hazards -- as opposed to on-road bicycling
-- and inherent financial liabilities attendant with bicycle-path
* Mandatory "pave-backs" (of at least a minimum of 10 to 20
feet) of all side streets and driveways wherever they intersect paved
roads, in order to prevent gravel washouts and auto-tire "spin-out"
debris accumulating on the intersected paved roadway.
* Passage of a state law to specifically allow two-abreast
bicycling; while at the same time banning three- (or more) abreast
* Passage of a state (and/or federal) "bottle deposit" law to
reduce hazardous broken glass on the roads.
* Promote the installation of secure, total-enclosure,
whole-bicycle parking lockers; especially in conjunction with "park &
ride" mass transit, local/county/state/federal government buildings
and offices, shopping malls, libraries, schools, places of employment,
* Encourage the establishment of mandatory bicycle-driver
education courses in all state schools.
* Promote the use of hard-shell bicycle helmets for bicycle
riders of all ages.
* Provide "Bicycle Route" signage for the across S. Missouri
portion of the Bikecentennial west-to-east (or vice versa) national
on-road "Trans-America Bicycle Route", which was established in 1976,
and for the Missouri portion of the Bikecentennial north-to-south (or
vice versa) "Great River Bicycle Route." --- (Illinois has signed theentire portion of the Bikecentennial "Trans-Am" across S. Illinois.)