What We Do

We are working to improve transportation outcomes across every corner of Missouri.

MRT works with individuals, communities, regional planning commissions, and organizations across our state on a variety of projects. Find out below how we are fostering strong communities by aligning advocacy efforts for streets, roads, and trails that work for all Missourians.

Communities We’re Working With

Our 2023 Focus Areas

Missouri Complete Streets (MOCS) is an initiative sponsored by the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). DHSS contracts with MRT to lead the Missouri Livable Streets Advisory Team Steering Committee, which hosts sub-committees focused on Advocacy, Funding, Education, and Partnerships.

One of the primary objectives identified by MOCS is to establish an active transportation plan, and we are working to support those efforts.

The Missouri Hands-Free Coalition is a partnership comprising state highway department employees, insurance personnel, safety advocates, victim's advocates, and law enforcement officers that are fighting for safer roads by fighting against distracted driving. These individuals and organizations meet regularly to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving in Missouri in hopes of reducing the number of crashes each year attributed to distracted driving.

The mission of Missouri Hands-Free is to “Eliminate distracted driving-related injuries and deaths on Missouri roadways through policy, education, and collaboration.” Learn more by connecting with the Missouri Hands-Free Facebook page or by visiting this website from MoDOT's Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety.

The 'Movement is Life' project will support efforts to collaborate more closely with Regional Planning Commissions and Metropolitan Planning Organizations to better coordinate and effect positive changes for walking, biking, and transit access on the regional level.

Consulting Services

In addition to our grants and advocacy efforts, MRT offers services targeted towards community and regional planning needs.

Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance and Trainings

We provide technical assistance for grants and give trainings for communities that want more active transportation options for their citizens. We do this through webinars, on-street trainings, developing policy, and facilitating connections between communities to share learned experiences.

With our model Complete Streets policy template, we work with communities to develop Complete Streets policies that are relevant and addresses local needs.

Planning & Community Engagement

Our planning services identify community priorities and ensure all voices have input in future infrastructure projects.

Our walking/biking audit reports assess current active transportation conditions and feature photos and maps. These planning documents are powerful tools for communication and to use in grant applications to secure project funding. To quote Jason Ray, Executive Director for SMCOG, "Funding follows planning."

Statewide Advocacy

Statewide Advocacy

As a non-profit based in Columbia, we are poised to access nearby Jefferson City to engage with our elected officials on behalf of the 35,000+ members represented by MRT and our partners BikeWalkKC, Local Motion, Ozark Greenways, and Trailnet.

Our team includes a registered lobbyist that is able to access the Capitol and Missouri's lawmakers when advocacy efforts are necessary, and we support legislation that moves our mission forward.

Speaker Engagements

Speaking Engagements

We believe the wealth of resources for active living in the Show-Me State deserves attention from our communities as well as for other states. We are often invited to speak about lessons learned through success and failure, and we encourage local champions to join us in showcasing Missouri at various speaking engagements.

We have spoken at events ranging from the National Bike Summit to local chamber of commerce meetings to webinars hosted on our YouTube channel.

Interested in our consulting services? Contact Cindy DeBlauw at Cindy@MovingMissouri.org to learn more.

Memberships & Affiliations

Supporting Organizations And Partnerships

American Planning Association - Missouri Chapter

Columbia, MO Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission

Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) - Physical Activity Workgroup

Missouri Transportation Task Force

National Hands-Free Coalition

PAPREN Network - Activating Rural America Workgroup

Rock Island Trail Campaign

Walkability Action Institute

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