This week I went to Jefferson City to lobby the politicos for bicycling issues, and it was a big success. This year we more than tripled the turnout of bicyclists at the Capitol and had some great conversations about transportation policy, recreation policy, funding, and transportation safety. Unfortunately the notoriously troubled Missouri Amtrak route got us home at almost one in the morning
While almost all of our state legislators are very nice and personable people, I have to say that a lot of our Kansas City delegation is underwhelming. There doesn’t seem to be the same sense of unity and passion that that is there among the St. Louis and Springfield contingents. Those legislators are not shy about fighting for their communities and making sure their interests are represented. You can be sure St. Louis reps are fighting for transportation and mass transit dollars, while I hear very little from KC reps about light rail. The Kansas City delegation seems to be less engaged and active than others. Kansas City is Missouri’s biggest city by far, but we have to start acting like it.
Anyway, on Monday I’m off to Washington, D.C. to repeat the whole process on the national level as part of the Missouri delegation to the National Bike Summit. It’s kinda cool that the League of American Bicyclists is headquartered on K Street with all the bigwig lobbyists.