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.
Bike St. Louis: The Bike St. Louis Project is an outgrowth of a partnership between the City of St. Louis and the Great Rivers Greenway District. The Bike St.
Louis system totals 77 miles of dedicated bike lanes and shared traffic lanes in St. Louis City and County.
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.
League of Illinois Bicyclists: The League of Illinois Bicyclists is a statewide advocate for all Illinois bicyclists, promoting bicycle access, education, and
Madison County Transit Trails: Madison County Trails provides Madison County with 100 miles of scenic bikeways. In the early 1990s, Madison County
Transit 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.
Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation: The Missouri Bicycle Federation is a statewide, not-for -profit, membership organization that advocates advancement of
bicycling access, safety, and education in Missouri.
Trailnet: Trailnet is a St. Louis based non-profit organization with a 20-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.
St. Louis Bicycle Master Plan: Great Rivers Greenway is leading an effort along with core partners to prepare a Bicycle Master Plan for the City of St. Louis, St.
Louis County and St. Charles County. The BMP will be an implementable plan for on-road and multiuse trails to increase use of bicycles as a mode of transportation.
Bike and Walk Tools:
Walk Score: Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address. What makes an area walkable?
- A center: walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it's a main street or a public space.
- People: enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
- Mixed income, mixed use: affordable housing located near businesses.
- Parks and public space: plenty of public places to gather and play.
- Pedestrian design: buildings are close to the street with parking lots in the back.
- Schools and workplaces: close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
- Complete streets: streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and transit.
Bike routes added to Google Maps: Google offers free turn-by-turn directions for cyclists that show bike lanes and bike trails. Bikers can enter their
destinations and get routes that avoid big hills and busy highways. Google also added information about bike trails, lanes and recommended roads directly onto the map. When you are zoomed into a
city, click on the "More" button at the top of the map to turn on the "Bicycling" layer. Three types of lines appear on the map:
- Dark green indicates a dedicated bike-only trail.
- Light green indicates a dedicated bike lane along a road.
- Dashed green indicates roads that are designated as preferred for bicycling, but without dedicated lanes.