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.
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 existing 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 (January, April, July and October) 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
Past Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Chair: Josh Wiese, City of St. Louis
Vice Chair: Elizabeth Simons, Great Rivers Greenway
TPC Rep: Marielle Brown, 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 (January, April, July, October). Meetings are held at the Great Rivers Greenway office at 3174A Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112.
Gateway Bike Plan:
In August 2011, Great Rivers Greenways completed 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 the Council, the Missouri Department of Transportation, Metro, the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, St.
Charles County, numerous municipalities, and Trailnet. The Council's Board of Directors endorsed the Gateway Bike Plan in January 2012.
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 here: http://www