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Bicycling and walking are two very important forms of transportation. Everyone in the St. Louis region is considered a pedestrian. Many people walk from BikePedImg2a-medhome 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.

Quick facts about bicycling and walking:

  • The average person loses 13 lbs. their first year of commuting by bike.
  • Just 3 hours of bicycling per week can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.
  • Each U.S. rush-hour auto commuter spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic.
  • 25% of all trips are made within a mile of the home, 40% of all trips are within 2 miles of the home.
  • It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk one mile and 10-15 minutes to bike 2 miles.
  • In 2009, the City of St. Louis was named a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze level.
  • Bike St. Louis has added 77 miles to the on-street bike system in St. Louis City and County.
  • All MetroBus vehicles are equipped with external bike racks and bikes are allowed on MetroLink trains.
  • Madison County Transit is one of the only transit systems that link its own bikeways with its BusBikeRacks -- Click to see a larger photoexisting bus system. All MCT buses are equipped with bike racks.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

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.

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 (February, May, August and November) to discuss past, present and upcoming bicycle and pedestrian related issues in the St. Louis region. Meetings are held in the Gateway offices at 1 S. Memorial Dr., Ste. 1600, St. Louis, MO 63102. All meetings are open to the public.

Past Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Chair: Marielle Brown, Trailnet
Vice Chair: Jeremy Wolfmeyer, O'Fallon, MO Parks and Recreation
Staff Contact: Rachael Pawlak
Phone: Mo.314-421-4220 Il. 618-274-2750

History and Membership

History: The BPAC was established by the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council in July of 1995 based on the recommendations set forth in the St. Louis Region Bicycle Facilities Plan. The Plan was adopted by the EWGCC Board of Directors in April of 1995.

The guiding mission of the BPAC is to enhance access and mobility throughout the region by encouraging the coordinated development of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, programs, and activities that will enhance safe access to major residential areas, educational, government and cultural institutions, employment and retail activity centers, as well as parks and recreational areas.

Membership: The BPAC represents a cross-section of public, private, and non-profit representatives from the region. Advisory Committee members include: planning officials from the region's municipalities, county and state transportation departments; representatives from the region's principal universities and employment sites; individuals from key public interest and advocacy groups; and individuals representing the general public and cycling community.

Member agencies

Related Bicycle and Pedestrian Links


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.

Regional Resources:

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 safety.

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.


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East-West Gateway Council of Governments
One Memorial Dr., Ste 1600
St. Louis, MO  63102
phone:  (314) 421-4220 or (618) 274-2750
    fax: (314) 231-6120


last update:  Monday, March 24, 2014