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historyTrailnet was founded in 1988 to promote the St. Louis Riverfront Trail, the City’s longest multi-use recreational trail. The Riverfront Trail laid the foundation for all local trail building.

Since 1988, Trailnet has led or partnered in development of the bi-state regional trail network including the following trails and trail extensions:

Missouri: Grant’s Trail, St. Louis Riverfront Trail, Ted Jones Trail, West Alton Trail

Illinois: East St. Louis Heritage Trail, Glen Carbon Trail Extension, MetroBikeLink, Metro-East Levee Trail

Some of Trailnet’s best known achievements include:

  • Leading and partnering in community planning for conversion of the Old Chain of Rocks and Eads Bridges to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian use
  • Restoration of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge – a multi-million dollar project resulting in a part of historic Route 66 being converted into one of the world’s longest pedestrian and bicycle bridges. For many years, Trailnet held the lease on the bridge, making it possible to keep this internationally known treasure open 365 days a year. This lease was transferred to the Great Rivers Greenway District in January 2015.

  • Being the lead non-profit partner in The Confluence project, a 200 square-mile conservation, heritage, and recreation corridor being developed from the Arch to Grafton, Illinois

  • Managing the Bicycle Fun Club (BFC) since 2000 – one of the largest cycling programs of its kind in the nation with a published annual calendar that features more than 20 fully-supported, multi-route, mapped and marked rides that attract thousands of participants each year

  • Creating Bike/Walk Master Plans for more than 23 municipalities; implementing programs including Safe Routes to School and TravelGreen; policy advocacy on the state and local level; maintaining a focus on fostering healthy, active and vibrant communities where walking, bicycling and the use of public transit are a way of life

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