Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner


Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner


About the Organization

Trailnet is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a 29-year history of Promoting Active Living as a way of life that encourages people to integrate physical activity into their daily routines. Trailnet leads in fostering healthy and active communities through innovative programs, planning, and policy that promote walking and bicycling throughout the St. Louis bi-state region.

As part of its work, Trailnet has helped thirty communities throughout the St. Louis region create the framework for developing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure through bicycle and pedestrian master plans. With a focus on transportation infrastructure improvements and encouragement programs that promote walking and biking, these plans produce action-oriented goals and objectives to help reach a community’s unique desired vision.

General Summary

The Planner leads the development and creation of plans, and for assigned plans will serve as the primary contact for projects involving contracted partners, municipalities, governmental agencies, mayors, city administrators, public works and parks directors. They will manage all planning tasks including developing documents and creating maps. The Planner realizes Trailnet’s mission in planning environmental changes to promote lovable urban places.

The Planner reports to the Special Project Director, and works in collaboration with Trailnet’s Director of Programs to deliver services that integrate public health, urban planning and advocacy.


  • Work with federal, state, and local governmental agencies to manage, develop, and negotiate bicycle and pedestrian planning projects
  • Project management including cost estimating, budgets, reports, data collection, and contracts
  • Lead and assist with field reconnaissance and analysis of data
  • Support and assist in designing community forums to elicit critical information for bicycle and pedestrian planning projects, identify issues of importance, develop solutions, and prioritize needs
  • Maintain healthy relationships with community leaders, metropolitan planning organizations, elected officials, and state and federal level administrators to inform and transform communities through healthy design that accommodates all modes of active and motorized travel
  • Develop and maintain familiarity with current and future activities of key agencies and programs (Local, State and Federal Transportation entities, Safe Routes to School, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Recreational Trails, Street departments, MEPRD, GRG, BSL, etc.)
  • Initiate and follow through on data collection such as requesting and collecting existing data from municipalities on streets, trails, parks, public facilities, and neighborhoods, etc.
  • Assist in planning placemaking projects, including conception, execution, and follow-up
  • Provide technical assistance to Advocacy and other departments as appropriate with regard to the built environment and new vision
  • Assist in developing recommendations, communications, and collateral concerning bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and related safety claims
  • With the Director of Special Projects, develop internal standards for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and assure standards are incorporated into all of our efforts


Masters degree preferred in urban planning or a closely related field with two years relevant experience; or a Bachelors degree plus 2-5 years relevant experience. Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), local governments, bicycle and pedestrian planning, grant writing, and project administration is a must. Must be highly computer literate (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign) and at ease with public meetings, presentations, and marketing the program.


  • Knowledge of Complete Streets, street design standards, and bicycle facility types as tools for creating livable communities that promote active living
  • Familiarity with NACTO, AASHTO and MUTCD guidelines
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with multiple partners and differing deadlines
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to think strategically, including systems-level thinking, ability to optimize systems and resources, and ability to think ahead to next steps
  • Ability to work independently and manage self and partners toward goals, while being a genuine “team player”
  • Ability and interest in presenting case studies and success stories to local, regional, and national level conferences
  • Ability to connect bicycle and pedestrian planning to larger public health issues, identifying opportunities for complementary programs and policy
  • Ability to work in a fast-moving environment; ability to work with fast-paced colleagues
  • Demonstrated ability and/or knowledge of cycling
  • AICP certification preferred

Compensation and additional information

Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package and flexible work schedule available. Informal, casual work environment above the Downtown Bicycle Station and close to MetroLink.

To apply

Complete this 1 hour survey of skills and send resume to HR@trailnet.org. Email preferred. Resumes accepted until the job is filled. The survey can also be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Trailnet-BPP.

Trailnet, Inc.
411 N. 10th St.
St. Louis, MO 63101