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Bike Index Registry – St. Louis Pilot

The Bike Index was started in Chicago in 2013 by a group of bike shop employees and bicycle lovers frustrated by the prevalence of bike theft. They regularly saw people trying to sell stolen bikes, and would search for the bikes online—but it was too difficult to find definitive information about them because too few people save their serial numbers.

So they built the Bike Index platform, a voluntary, easy to use registration system that will eventually house bike serial numbers from across the nation. The team launched a successful Kickstarter to hire a full time programmer and connect with pilot cities.

After a year of work, the Bike Index now does what no other registry does: it provides a way to verify used bike sales, offers a comprehensive search, and reaches bicyclists who don’t know that registration is possible.

Trailnet applied for St. Louis to be a pilot city after discussions with Mayor Slay and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. The Bike Index was impressed by the level of cooperation and selected St. Louis as the first pilot. From founder Seth Herr, “The fine leaders at Trailnet have made the process of connecting with the city as smooth as a finely-tuned bicycle.”

Trailnet is now an official Bike Index Partner which allows you to register your bike for free:

How much does Complete Streets Cost?

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The fear of additional costs for Complete Streets is common. Many people believe that every street will need to be retrofitted with improved sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes when the policy is adopted. This is not true – the most common method of implementation is to make incremental improvements during regular maintenance. New roadway projects will include these elements from the beginning, during the design phase before construction has started.

Some standard Complete Streets infrastructure projects, such as changing pedestrian signal timing at intersections, add nothing to the cost of a signal.

  • In Charlotte, NC, the Department of Transportation found that the cost of adding sidewalks and bike lanes was less than the normal annual variation in road construction costs.
  • A study of the costs in Iowa estimated that including Complete Streets infrastructure would increase project costs by 5.4%. In other words, 95% of the planned and scheduled projects could still be completed with current funding levels, with the added benefit of biking and walking infrastructure. (See fact sheet for further examples and citations.)

Additional costs associated with the routine accommodation of walking, bicycling and public transit represent a small percentage of a transportation department’s total budget. On a project-by-project basis, any additional money spent is actually a long-term investment in public health, improved property values, economic revitalization, and increased capacity and improved mobility for all. Americans expect a variety of choices, and a multi-modal system of Complete Streets provides alternatives to driving. Implementing Complete Streets shifts our priorities to design for all users of the road.

Trailnet advocates for comprehensive Complete Streets legislation. Complete Streets policies ensure early multi-modal scoping, saving money by avoiding costly project delays. Without a policy, walking, biking, and public transportation accommodations are often debated too late in the design process and considered a disruption rather than necessary and beneficial project features. This creates expensive design revisions, time delays, and erodes public support. Furthermore, the failure to accommodate these user groups can trigger an expensive retrofit project at a later date.

Complete Streets makes fiscal sense and it meets the demands of our highest growing demographics. Without this legislation, people will simply choose to live in better connected places. Voters have twice chosen to tax themselves to create a more walkable, bikeable, connected region with Prop C in 2000 and Prop P in 2013. St. Louis County is poised to be a national leader with the adoption of this policy.

Other groups and municipalities with concerns

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Below is a list of documents from other groups and municipalities who have voiced concern over the South County Connector

Complete Streets Passes in St. Louis County

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Complete Streets passed in St. Louis County last night, setting the vision to create connected streets that allow all people, regardless of age or ability, to travel safely to their destination.

The bill allows the County Departments of Planning, Parks and Recreation, and Health to have input into the transportation system that connects children to schools, people to parks, and neighborhoods to services. It also allows municipal leaders and stakeholder groups to participate in setting goals and priorities for the region.

To see a copy of the Complete Streets bill that was passed in St. Louis County on Tuesday, January 21, click here.

Trailnet staff put in countless hours (and a lot of blood, sweat and tears) to get this policy passed. This work is supported solely by member donations. Please donate now to help us continue this work to create a more walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly St. Louis region.

Councilman Dolan was tireless in his pursuit of a bill that would work for all the stakeholder organizations, and deserves our thanks. Councilman Stenger co-sponsored the bill early on, putting his support behind Complete Streets. The final vote was six in favor and none against, with one Council member abstaining.

Please sign the thank you letter to St. Louis County Council members!

Thank you, as always, for your support. We can’t wait to see you out on the streets and trails in our great communities.

Ann Rivers Mack
Chief Executive Officer

Streets for Everyone Brochure

St. Louis is ready for low-stress bicycle and pedestrian connections. Low-stress connections, as seen below, provide safe, comfortable, and convenient walking and biking routes to popular destinations. Many cities in the U.S. are using low-stress connections because they spur economic development and attract high numbers of bicyclists and pedestrians. It’s time for St. Louis to build low-stress connections and enjoy all of the benefits.

If you would like a print copy of the brochure  featured below, stop by Trailnet’s office or look for one at our events.

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South County Connector Update

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What next?

Trailnet is waiting to hear St. Louis County’s response to all of the comments submitted about the DEIS. Once we hear their response, we will determine our next course of action.

Below are the remaining steps of the process according to NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) law, which will be followed if St. Louis County decides against withdrawing the DEIS.

Though the public comment period for the DEIS document is over, if you did not send a letter, feel free to call County Executive Dooley’s office to express your concerns. He can be reached at 314.615.7016.

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South County Connector Articles and Editorials

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Stltoday/ The South County Connector: Can we get a better return on investment?/November 12, 2013

Stltoday/ South County Connector not worth the small benefit/July 24, 2013

Stltoday/Editorial: Disconnect the South County Connector/July 23, 2013

Stltoday/Put connector in a different place/July 20, 2013

Stltoday/St. Louis County needs to rethink South County Connector project/July 20, 2013

STL Beacon/South County Connector project sparks diverse outcry/July 18, 2013

Maplewood-Brentwood Patch/South County Connector: 5 Ways to Share Your Concerns or Support/July 18, 2013

Affton Patch/Affton’s AICA is Against the South County Connector, Tells Highways and Traffic Director in Letter/July 18, 2013

Stltoday/Opposition builds to South County Connector proposal/July 17, 2013

St. Louis Public Radio/With Comment Deadline Looming, Protests Continue Over South County Connector/July 16, 2013

Maplewood-Brentwood Patch/40 Meet at Deer Creek Center, Hear Why South County Connector is Bad Idea/July 16, 2013

CBS Local/Leaders From Maplewood, Trailnet Make One Last Plea Opposing Connector/July 16, 2013

CBS Local/Trailnet Issues With South County Connector/July 16, 2013

Fox 2 Now/You Paid For It: South County Connector/July 15, 2013

Webster Kirkwood Times/Mayor Outlines Pros/Cons Of Connector/July 12, 2013

CBS Local/City Residents, Aldermen Gather To Criticize South County Connect/July 9, 2013

CBS Local/Aldermen Hold Hearing on South County Connector Tonight/July 8, 2013

Fox 2 now/South County Connector Plan Dividing Opinions About Project/July 8, 2013

KPLR11.com/South County Connector Plan Dividing Opinions About Project/July 8, 2013

DC Streetsblog.com/Highway Revolts Break Out Across the Midwest/June 28, 2013

South County Times/Shrewsbury Mayor Raises Questions On Connector Plan/June 28, 2013

CBS Local/Communities Concerned, Criticize Proposed South County Connector/June 18, 2013

kmov.com/’South County connector’ causing friction between Maplewood and St. Louis County/June 12, 2013

Stltoday/Proposed South County Thoroughfare No Relief to Some/June 2, 2013

Maplewood-Brentwood Patch/Maplewood: South County Connector Would Kill Deer Creek Center/May 31, 2013

Maplewood-Brentwood Patch/4 Views of the South County Connector/May 31, 2013

Webster Kirkwood Times/South County Connector Public Meeting May 30 in Shrewsbury/May 24, 2013

South County Times/Trailnet Shares Concerns About Connector Roadway/May 17, 2013

Stltoday/Residents Question Need for South County Connector/May 12, 2013

Affton Patch/Shrewsbury Mayor on South County Connector: Doesn’t Want a Big Slab of Cement/May 10, 2013

Maplewood-Brentwood Patch/South County Connector Would Run Through Deer Creek Lot/May 9, 2013

CBS Local/Residents Question Wisdom of Proposed South County Connector/May 9, 2013

kmov.com/County refines plans for South County Connector/May 7, 2013

Missourians Support Complete Streets

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Ferguson, Clayton, and St. Louis City all have Complete Streets policies in place, and are working to improve accessibility as opportunities present themselves – without additional funding.

St. Louis County’s 2013 Strategic Plan calls for a Complete Streets ordinance to be adopted as one part of a multi-prong approach to enhance mobility and connectivity.

In 2010, MoDOT public opinion polling found that 53% of Missourians agree with the statement, “Up to 25% of each project’s funds should be spent to add bicycle/pedestrian facilities at the expense of other projects. The newly released 2013 survey from the National Association of Realtors shows support of the general public as well:

  • A neighborhood with a mix of houses, stores and businesses that are easy to walk to is preferred over a neighborhood with houses only that requires driving to stores and businesses (60 percent to 35 percent).
  • There is a wider divide among those who have moved in the last three years or are planning to move in the next three years. Recent movers prefer the walkable community by 20 points (58 to 38 percent), almost identical to the walkable community preference expressed by those who plan to move in the next three years (+18 points, 57 to 39 percent).
  • Privacy from neighbors remains at the top (86 percent important), along with sidewalks and places to take walks (80 percent important) and high quality public schools (74 percent important).
  • There is also a need for more safe routes for riding bikes to work and shopping. Almost half (48 percent) say there is too little safe bike routes, compared to 41 percent who say there is the right amount.

We will keep you informed on the progress of this important legislation. Thank you for your interest and support in making St. Louis a better place to live, work, and play.

Campaign Kickoff and Volunteer Thank You Party Photos

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Thank you to everyone who came out for our campaign kickoff and volunteer thank you party held at the Schlafly Tap Room. Special thanks to STL Style for helping us promote the party and campaign.