Officials take a spin on new bicycle bridge

In celebration of 2011 Bicycle and Pedestrian Day at the Capitol, people were invited to ride across the just-opened bicycle/pedestrian lane attached to the Missouri River Bridge.

In celebration of 2011 Bicycle and Pedestrian Day at the Capitol, people were invited to ride across the just-opened bicycle/pedestrian lane attached to the Missouri River Bridge. Photo by Julie Smith.

After its first weekend open to the public, the new bicycle/pedestrian bridge welcomed officials who were instrumental in completing the project.

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As part of the 2011 Bike and Pedestrian Day at the state Capitol, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, legislators, and officials from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri State Parks, the Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson City rode from the Capitol steps across the bridge to the North Jefferson City Trail Head at the Katy Trail on Monday.

The ride has been done in the past, “but never have we been able to ride from the steps of the Capitol to the Katy Trail,” said Brent Hugh, executive director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Foundation.

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