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historyTrailnet was founded in 1988 to promote the St. Louis Riverfront Trail as the City’s longest multi-use recreational trails. 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 and renovation of the Old Chain of Rocks and Eads Bridges to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian use
  • Renovation and operation of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge – an ongoing 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; Trailnet makes it possible to keep this internationally known treasure open 365 days a year

  • 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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