Cyclists now can ride on MDC service roads, many multi-use trails.

Bicycles and electric bikes are now allowed on several Missouri Department of Conservation service roads and multi-use trails.

In a regulation change Feb. 28, approximately 300 MDC areas and more than 1,500 additional miles of roads are open for cyclists. During the firearms portion of deer and spring turkey hunting seasons, about 30 of these areas will be closed to bikes.

Multi-use trails let horseback riders, bicyclists and hikers use an area while service roads are non-public roads used by MDC staff. Many service roads are currently used as walking paths by the public. Road conditions vary and are not maintained like public-use trails and roads.

There are still approximately 1,100 conservation areas where bicycle use is restricted to public-vehicle traffic and some multi-use trails, according to MDC. Bicycles are not allowed on service roads on department lands associated with nature and education centers, fish hatcheries, staffed ranges, offices, designated natural areas where bicycle use could cause damage to sensitive habitats, and other conservation areas.

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