Bicycling and walking are two very important forms of transportation. Everyone in the St. Louis region is considered a pedestrian. Many people walk from home to a bus
stop, walk from parking lots into grocery stores, or walk children to neighboring parks or schools. The benefits of walking and biking, whether for recreational or commuting purposes, include
improved environmental and personal health, reduced traffic congestion, enhanced quality of life, as well as economic benefits for the community.
East-West Gateway Council of Governments is committed to improving the conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians across the St. Louis region. The Bicycle and Pedestrian
Program is our way of attempting to address some of these issues by working with communities throughout the region to plan for efficient and effective bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs.
Bike Facilities Map:
The map below provides an inventory of existing on-street and off-street bike facilities in the St. Louis Region. Click to view a larger version in pdf.
St. Louis Regional Bicycling and Walking Transportation Plan:
The growing popularity of bicycling in the St. Louis region prompted the update of the Regional Bicycling and
Walking Transportation Plan. The Plan places emphasis on defining the nature of bicycling and walking environments
and serves as a "how-to and when-to" resource document for communities developing facilities. The final Plan was
completed in July 2005 and adopted by the East West Gateway Board of Directors. The Regional Bicycling and Walking Transportation Plan can be downloaded here:
St. Louis Regional Bicycling and Walking Transportation Plan
Gateway Bike Plan:
In January 2012, East-West Gateway's Board of Directors endorsed the Gateway Bike Plan. The Gateway Bike Plan
identifies a regional system of on-street bikeways in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County.
Agencies that participated in the development of the Plan included East-West Gateway, the Missouri Department of
Transportation, Bi-State Development, the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, numerous municipalities, and Trailnet.
In addition to identifying the regional system of on-road bikeways, the Gateway Bike Plan includes strategies for
education, encouragement, and enforcement to make bicycling safe for residents of all ages and abilities. The Gateway Bike Plan can be downloaded below:
Gateway Bike Plan
St. Louis Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee:
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) was established in April of 1995 by East -West
Gateway and is comprised of public, private and non-profit representatives from the region. Its principal purpose is to
enhance access and mobility throughout the St. Louis region by encouraging the coordinated development of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
The BPAC meets quarterly to discuss past, present and upcoming bicycle and pedestrian related issues in the St.
Louis region. Meetings are held in the Gateway office at 1 S. Memorial Dr., Ste. 1600, St. Louis, MO 63102. All meetings are open to the public.
Past Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Chair: Curtis Jones, Illinois Dept. of Transportation
Vice Chair: Vacant
TPC Rep: Grace Kyung, Trailnet
Staff Contact: Rachael Pawlak
Phone: Mo.314-421-4220 Il. 618-274-2750
Gateway Bike Plan Working Group:
In August 2013, the Gateway Bike Plan-Working Group (GBP-WG) was created to advise the Council's BPAC on all
matters relating to the use of the bicycle as a means of transportation or recreation on the implementation and
assessment of the Gateway Bike Plan. The GBP-WG meets quarterly. Meetings are held at the Great Rivers Greenway office at 3174A Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112.
Great Rivers Greenway: The Great Rivers Greenway District was established in November 2000 by the successful
passage of the Clean Water, Safe Parks and Community Trails Initiative in St. Louis City, St. Louis and St. Charles
counties in Missouri. This district is spearheading the development of The River Ring, an interconnected system of greenways, parks and trails that will encircle the St. Louis region.
Madison County Transit Trails: Madison County Trails provides Madison County with 100 miles of scenic bikeways
. In the early 1990s, Madison County Transit (MCT) initiated its "rails to trails" program, creating Madison County
Trails. MCT is one of the only transit systems that link its own bikeways with its existing bus system.
Metro East Parks and Recreation District: The Metro-East Park and Recreation District (MEPRD) was formed by
voters in November 2000 and is responsible for the development of parks, trails, and greenways within the boundaries of Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois.
Ride Illinois: Ride Illinois is a statewide advocate for all Illinois bicyclists, promoting bicycle access, education, and
Trailnet: Trailnet is a St. Louis based non-profit organization with a 25-year history of promoting active living –a way
of life that encourages people to integrate physical activity into their daily routines. Trailnet has also developed
Bikeable-Walkable community plans for several municipalities in the St. Louis region.