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December 14, 2011

St. Louis bicycle plan completed

Filed under: bicycling,Missouri — Tags: , , — Roger @ 1:07 am

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The Great Rivers Greenway has completed a bicycle plan intended to bring 1,011 miles of bike lanes, shared use lanes and other bicycle facilities throughout St. Louis , St. Charles County and urbanized areas of St. Charles County.

According to a press release issued this week by the organization, the goals of the plan include:

  • Providing a prioritized system of contiguous bicycle routes that are connected to other on- and off-road facilities.
  • Improving safety of all modes of transportation through careful design and educational and enforcement programs.
  • Expanding the public’s view of bicycles as a viable form of transportation.
  • Increasing the commitment of public officials to support or initiate public policy for bicycling at the state, local and regional levels of government.

“Connecting communities, promoting good health and providing transportation alternatives are just the beginning of creating a vibrant region. The Gateway Bike Plan helps to foster the development of safer cycling routes,” said Susan Trautman, executive director of Great Rivers Greenway. “With input from citizens, community leaders and transportation experts, the Gateway Bike Plan has been favorably accepted and is ready for action.”

Great Rivers Greenway led the collaborative effort to prepare the Gateway Bike Plan for on-road and multi-use trails, working in partnership with local officials from more than 100 municipalities and representatives from the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Louis, St. Louis and St. Charles counties, Metro, East-West Gateway Council of Governments and Trailnet.

While some progress has been made in communities, the plan calls for St. Louis and the two counties to:

  • Adopt Complete Streets ordinances at local, regional and state levels/
  • Design and install bicycle facilities as part of a transportation project.
  • Integrate the plan into appropriate state, county and local planning documents.
  • Encourage local municipalities and counties to dedicate existing staff to coordinate bicycle facility planning and implementation.
  • Work across jurisdictional boundaries on the planning, design and funding of bicycle infrastructure projects.
  • Create public and private partnerships to develop bike facilities such as on-road facilities, bicycle parking or other support facilities.

(Download a copy of the map.)

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