PedNet Coalition

   May 12, 2011  

Editorial Comment

ianeditorialDear PedNet member:

Columbia City Council may decide the route of the Scott's Branch Trail as soon as Monday. This trail will connect the northern part of Bonnie View Park, near the intersection of Rollins and Fairview Roads, with the MKT Trail at Scott Boulevard and also with the proposed Perche Creek Trail west of Scott.

Early city plans show the trail starting at Rollins, crossing the undeveloped Russell property, and then following the Scott's Branch creek corridor to the intersection of Chapel Hill and Scott. This 1.5 mile nature trail would lie entirely on undeveloped parkland without encountering a single street - creating a safe and serene recreational and transportation path for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users.

In the 1990s, most of the Russell Property was donated to the City for park and trail development. A few years later, the remaining 22 acres were donated to the Columbia Audubon Society (CAS). They started to develop a new vision for the property which did not include developed trails or bicycles. As a result, CAS is now proposing a new route, which takes the Scott's Branch Trail along the sidewalks of various neighborhood and arterial streets.  

At a recent PedNet Board meeting, CAS members presented their vision for the area and explained their concerns about a walking/biking trail. After consideration of these arguments, the Board developed and unanimously endorsed a Resolution on Scott's Branch Trail.  In summary, PedNet values and respects the CAS'goals of protecting natural habitats and minimizing the impact of human development. At the same time, PedNet's mission and vision place a high priority on reducing automobile use as an effective way to protect the natural environment and ensure its long-term health and capacity to sustainfuture generations. 

On balance, PedNet believes that the environment and the community are best served by a low-impact recreational and transportation route that stays as close as possible to the periphery of the natural area. The details are laid out in the Resolution, which has been sent to CAS with a request for their support.

If you agree with the Resolution, please contact your Council member (see below) this weekend, and/or attend Monday's Council meeting.

Ian Thomas
Executive Director


Council Members:
   Mayor Bob McDavid  -
   Ward 1 Council member Fred Schmidt  -
   Ward 2 Council member Jason Thornhill -
   Ward 3 Council member Gary Kespohl -
   Ward 4 Council member Daryl Dudley -
   Ward 5 Council member Helen Anthony -
   Ward 6 Council member Barbara Hoppe - 

Public Hearing on Scott's Branch Trail

The Columbia City Council will hold a public hearing on the Scott's Branch Trail on Monday, May 16th. The meeting starts at 7pm and will be held in the Council Chamber, 1st Floor, City Hall Building, 701 E. Broadway.  The public is welcome to attend and comment.


PedNet Resoluction on the Scott's Branch Trail 

Bike, Walk and Wheel Week

Mayor's Challenge

Thank you to everyone that has already registered for the Tenth Annual Mayor's Challenge: Bike, Walk & Wheel Week, May 14 - 21.  If you haven't yet, please register here and you will be entered in a drawing for a free bicycle from Cyclextreme!


The great events for this week are:    

Saturday, May 14 

Sunday, May 15

  • Bike or Hike to Church Sunday! Inspire your congregation to travel the active transportation way.

Monday, May 16

  • Bike is Your Ticket on Transit All Week. Bicyclists ride the city buses for FREE all week.
  • Adult Learn to Ride Class, 5:30 - 7:30pm at the Armory, $25 per person.  Register
  • PedNet's MKT Secret Access Trail Ride, 6:00pm Flat Branch Park Gazebo, corner of 4th and Cherry, 823.5503. Twenty-mile round-trip ride; helmets required.

Tuesday, May 17

  • Rack Pack and Roll, 6:00 - 9:00pm at the ARC, Clinkscales and Ash, 573-303-1033.  PedNet staff will provide instruction on the art of DIY bike bags made from "kitty litter buckets" and fenders made from dumpster diving,

Wednesday, May 18

  • Family Fun Fest/Fitness Is Fun, 6:00 - 8:00pm at Flat Branch Park - Columbia Parks and Recreation, 874-7460.  Let's Move Proclamation from Mayor McDavid at 6:00pm  

Thursday, May 19

  • Try Transit Day - Everybody rides free, all day long. Bus Schedules and routes at
  • Bike Maintenance Workshop, 6:30pm - 7:45pm - Walt's Bicycle Fitness and Wilderness Co, 886-9258. 1217 Rogers St.

Friday, May 20

  • Breakfast Station Day, 7:00 - 9:00am.
    Everyone is invited!  Stop by and enjoy a free breakfast as you bike walk or wheel about town. 
    Breakfast Station Map  
  • Walk to School Day
    If your school is interested in participating call PedNet at 573-529-1148.

Saturday, May 21

  • Trails Day 9:00am- 12:00pm, Martin Luther King Trailhead, Columbia Parks and Recreation -  573-874-7460
    MKT Trail Access at 800 S. Stadium Blvd (MLK Jr. Memorial)
    5K Walk/Run & 10K Bike Ride (9-10 am)
    Nature Expo (9 am-Noon)
    Run, walk or bike on the MKT Trail to celebrate Columbia's trails! Free, untimed event; participants get a free t-shirt. No registration required. And, stop by the Nature Expo for booths and demonstrations!
  • Riding Out Poverty in Mid-Missouri.  Fundraiser benefiting CMCA. Information at or 573-443-8706, ext. 1071.
  • Confident City Cycling, 9:00am - 6:00pm at the ARC, Clinkscales and Ash, $80 per person. Register on-line 
  • Wheelchair Wash & Roll, 12:00 - 4:00pm at Stephens Lake Park, off Old Hwy 63.  Call Services for Independent Living at 874-1646.
    Come enjoy a recreational roll around Stephens Lake Park.  Free wheelchair detailing and snacks for all participants.
  • PedNet's Birthday Bash Trivia Night Fundraiser, 6:00pm at Columbia College Dulany Hall, 1001 Rogers St., $25 per person or $200 for a table of eight. Call PedNet at 573-268-8816.


Bike, Walk & Wheel Week complete schedule


Last Chance to Give Your Opinion 

Columbians for Modern, Efficient Transit (CoMET) are conducting a Transit Survey to find out what YOU want think is important for the future of public transportation.


Take the 5 minute Transit Survey


Thursday, May 19 is Try Transit Day - Everybody rides free, all day long.  Bus schedules and routes at  

Get Involved! 

PedNet Birthday Bash Trivia Night Fundraiser

Saturday, May 21 6pm Columbia College Dulany Hall

Cost is $25 per person or $200 per table of eight


Each person receives: Heavy appetizers, two beer/wine tickets, eight rounds of trivia, fun between-round games, raffle prizes, a silent auction.  Cash prize for first and second place! Form a winning team and go here for registration info


Operation Splash: Swimsuit Drive!

Columbia Housing Authority is holding a swimsuit drive for new and gently used swimsuits. The goal is 150 swimsuits. Collection day is Tuesday, May 24th 4-7pm at the ARC.  Donation baskets are also conveniently located at Robinson's Cleaners. Collection ends on Sunday, May 29th. Contact Janet at 573-823-5503


Help PedNet create 100 new bike commuters by September!

You can help us reach our goal of helping 100 low-income individuals in Columbia gain transportation freedom by donating your used bicycles and bicycle accessories to PedNet.  Contact Gina Overshiner, 573.303.1033 for information on donating.


Volunteer for Lose The Training Wheels

Help a child with a developmental disability learn to ride a bicycle.

Volunteers are requested to attend an afternoon orientation session on Sunday, June 26 4-6pm and then commit to at least one two-hour session each day, June 27-July 1. Contact Michelle at 573-268-8816 or visit


Upcoming Events

Pedaler's Jamboree featuring The Ozark Mountain Daredevils   
Special musical performances by Ha Ha Tonka and Artie's Univibe
Weekend bicycle/music festival - May 28th & 29th, 2011
The Pedaler's Jamboree is a music festival created for bicycle riders and non riders as well! Thousands of participants are expected to join this bicycle festival on the Katy Trail this year!  Learn more:


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