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A Tragedy of Good Intentions

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in General | 11 comments

One of the city’s easiest cycling routes is Manchester Road from Kingshighway to McCausland. The road here runs alongside a major rail line, so it’s fairly flat – while parallel routes north and south are full of hills. For almost all of this stretch, Manchester Road has two travel lanes in each direction and offers plenty of room for all traffic, regardless of speed. Sight lines are excellent. Motorists never have trouble changing lanes to pass. Unfortunately, only the cognoscenti know how great this section of Manchester is for bicycling. Perhaps others perceive this to be a “scary” arterial road, until they try it and discover that this section...

A “Platinum-Friendly” Bicycle Community

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in General | 7 comments

Today the City of St. Louis is submitting to the League of American Bicyclists its renewal application for “Bicycle-Friendly Community” status. The City currently carries a “Bronze Level” bicycle-friendly designation from the League. Mayor Francis Slay has often stated that he wants nothing less than a “Platinum Level” designation. Yet this is the truth: Our community already is among the finest places to ride in the nation, regardless of any outsider’s “seal” of approval. One hundred percent of our roads are ‘bicycle friendly.’ I sit on the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee for the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. At last week’s meeting, John Kohler, the City’s planning & programming manager,...

CyclingSavvy and A Continuing Discussion of Bike Lanes

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in General | 8 comments

Last month’s CyclingSavvy workshop generated a fair amount of publicity in St. Louis. Attendees in Truth & Techniques of Traffic Cycling (the classroom session) included West End Word columnist David Linzee and Safe TGA founder Matt Wyczalkowski. (Safe TGA is a loosely-knit group of citizens working to make Tower Grove Avenue, a premiere Bike St. Louis route, safer for cyclists.) Matt also attended Train Your Bike, the parking lot skills session. After this session, I invited him to ride with our group to lunch (we were riding from the Central West End to South City, close to where I knew Matt lived). After his experience, Matt wrote a blog...

My “Friendly Friday” Story

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in General | 1 comment

One of the informal initiatives of I Am Traffic, a budding national bicycling organization, is called “Friendly Fridays.” The idea is to share the great things that happen when you’re out on your bicycle. My sister, who lives in the South, gave me a perfect bicycle-related metaphor recently. It’s important to keep your basket open, she said, because you never know what the Universe might drop into it. I’m glad my basket was open last Wednesday, because I had friendliness cascading into it during evening rush hour. The first gift grew out of my error. I was westbound on Lindell between Vandeventer and Sarah. Because of the rebuilding of...

St. Louis’ First Contraflow Bike Lane?

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in General | 0 comments

Here is a location where a contraflow bike lane would make a lot of sense. This is westbound on Clayton Avenue at Hospital Drive, leading into Forest Park. Below the “Do Not Enter” sign, add a white information sign that says: “Except Bikes.” There is plenty of pavement (more than 18 feet) to stripe a contraflow bike lane right alongside the median. In typical common-sense St. Louis fashion, this already is a de facto bike lane. Stand there any day and watch people on bikes simply ignore the “Do Not Enter” sign and roll on...

New Centennial Greenway Trail in the Great Rivers Greenway Trail System Connects Residents and Businesses in Clayton, Ladue, Olivette and University City

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Community Activities | 0 comments

Thousands of residents and employees in the neighboring communities of Clayton, Ladue, Olivette and University City will soon have a safe and accessible path to shopping, work, nature and outdoor recreation thanks to a new two-mile trail in the Great Rivers Greenway trail system.  The new Centennial Greenway trail, which runs north along I-170 from Shaw Park to Olive Blvd., is set to officially open on April 26 and will fully link the four communities, creating valuable connections to parks, business and shopping districts and schools, and dramatically improving the quality of life for area residents. To celebrate the opening of the new trail, Great Rivers Greenway is hosting...

St. Louis City neighborhood to celebrate opening of new Great Rivers Greenway Trail on Oct. 20

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in General | 1 comment

Charles E. Little, author of Greenways for America said, “To make a greenway is to make a community.” Nowhere is this more evident than in the heart of St. Louis, along the St. Vincent Greenway. On Saturday, Oct. 20, the newest portion of the St. Vincent Greenway, which originates at Porter Park on Delmar Blvd. in St. Louis City, will be opened to the public and celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony and a series of all-day neighborhood events by various groups tied to this community corridor. A jazz festival, neighborhood yard sale and farmer’s market will all be held in Porter Park to bring residents onto the greenway to...

St. Clair County Transit District Set to Add 2.2 Miles to MetroBikeLink Trail

Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 in Community Activities, Featured Destinations, General | 0 comments

Area cyclists, walkers and joggers, the new 2.2 mile MetroBikeLink Trail extension located between the Swansea MetroLink Station and the Memorial Hospital Station is set to open in mid-October, helping to further the evolving multi-model transportation system throughout Southwestern Illinois. Join the St. Clair County Transit District on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the Swansea MetroLink Station for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of this new segment. The bike and walking trail will connect from the Memorial Hospital MetroLink Station to Belleville’s North End Park, totaling 6.9 miles of completed trails.  This new segment includes a grade-separated bridge over Fullerton Road and drinking...

Citizens of Modern Transit Hosts Commuter Happy Hour

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in General | 0 comments

Area commuters are invited to attend the Commuter Happy Hour event, designed to reinforce the ease of usability and benefits of taking MetroLink or MetroBus. It will feature food, games, music courtesy of Y98, transit benefit information and the opportunity to register for Citizens for Modern Transit’s Guaranteed Ride Home program, which is a free incentive that serves as a safety net for those who take transit, bike or walk to work by providing an assured and immediate ride home in case an emergency situation arises.  The free public event will take place at North Hanley MetroLink Station, located at 4398 Hanley Road, Berkeley, Missouri 63134 at the overpass of...

St. Vincent Greenway Wayne Goode Trail Opens Sept. 20

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in General | 0 comments

Starting September 20, students at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and Ferguson-area residents will be connected from the heart of the UMSL campus to Old Town Ferguson, thanks to the newest segment of the Great Rivers Greenway trail system. The St. Vincent Greenway Wayne Goode Trail serves as an important connector in the Great Rivers Greenway system. Eventually, the St. Vincent Greenway will extend from UMSL to Forest Park. UMSL students and the general public are invited to participate in the grand opening of the Wayne Goode Trail at 2 p.m., on the south side of the Millennium Student Center, near the Wayne Goode statue on the UMSL...