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Top Ten Myths about Rail Trails and How To Overcome Them   

Brent Hugh, Executive Director, Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, comes from a state showing the rest of us on how to get things done.  Missouri’s Katy Rail Trail, newly opened Rock Island Rail Trail, and soon to be five U.S. Bicycle Route designations is turning Missouri into a sought after destination for bicycle and hiking tourists.  From persuading skeptic adjacent landowners to finding partners and funding, Brent will dispel the myths on what may be holding Oklahoma Back. 


Brent Hugh  

Dr. Brent D. Hugh has two bachelor's degrees and three graduate degrees in the fields of mathematics and music performance from Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has been webmaster, president, and since 2005, Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation. Under his leadership, the Federation has grown from an organization with a few dozen members and $500 annual budget to the current membership of over 5000 active members and over $150,000 annual budget. The Federation, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019, is the only statewide advocacy organization in Missouri that works on behalf of the state's two million bicyclists and six million walkers.

Brent lives in Raytown, Missouri, with his wife, Jan, where he puts about 5,000 miles per year on his fleet of three recumbent bicycles, a road bike, and a mountain bike. His 23 year old son Jonathan and 16 year old daughters Naomi and Amanda are also avid cyclists, walkers, and trail users.

As many of us do, I rode my bicycle a lot as a child and for transportation during my college years. But when I moved to the Kansas City area in 1993 my bicycle mostly stayed in the shed because I didn't feel comfortable bicycling on nearby roads. The combination of a newly widened road in our neighborhood and a doctor's admonition to "get and shape and lose some weight or else!" got me riding again. Now I ride several times every week, for transportation and recreation, year around.

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