Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) is committed to improving the conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians across the St. Louis region. EWG’s bicycle and pedestrian program is a way to address some of the issues associated with incorporating bicycle and pedestrian considerations into the transportation planning process. Through this program, EWG works with communities throughout the region to plan for efficient and effective bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs.
St. Louis Regional Bicycling and Walking Transportation Plan
The growing popularity of bicycling in the St. Louis region prompted EWG to update 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 EWG Board of Directors.
Bicycle Facilities Inventory
EWG maintains an inventory of existing on-street and off-street bicycle facilities in the St. Louis region. These bike facilities are depicted on the Bike Facilities Map.
In January 2012, EWG’s Board of Directors endorsed the Gateway Bike Plan. The Gateway Bike Plan was developed by Great Rivers Greenway and identifies a regional system of on-street bikeways in the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County. Agencies that participated in the development of the Plan included EWG, 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.
Committees & Groups
St. Louis Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
EWG established the St. Louis Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) in April of 1995 and is comprised of public, private and non-profit representatives from the St. Louis 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.
Gateway Bike Plan – Working Group
In August 2013, the Gateway Bike Plan-Working Group (GBP-WG) was created to advise the 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.
Other Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
In addition to the bicycle and pedestrian planning that EWG conducts, there are several entities in the St. Louis region that are actively engaged in bicycle and pedestrian planning.
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 the city of St. Louis and 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.
HeartLands Conservancy completes and helps municipalities in both Missouri and Illinois complete comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian facility plans.
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.
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 is a statewide advocate for all Illinois bicyclists, promoting bicycle access, education, and safety.
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.