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2017 Bicycle Fun Club Volunteers

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Hang out with friends, enjoy some time in the countryside, and help us out all at the same time!

We need volunteers at our rides to help with

  • Ride registration
  • Signing up new members
  • Leading group rides
  • Staffing rest stops

Click here to sign up to help. Ride volunteers get a voucher for a free ride, a t-shirt, and a chance to meet lots of fun and interesting people!

Trailnet Champions, Ann and Vance Crowe

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Ann Crowe took up bicycling while living in Washington, D.C., where an extensive network of cycling paths made commuting by bike a convenient way to incorporate exercise into her daily routine. Ann moved to St. Louis to be closer to family and to pursue work in engineering. After deciding to make a career change, Ann began volunteering at Trailnet rides and fundraising events while completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Her volunteer activities allow her to “meet many new people and see different parts of the city and surrounding areas,” she says.

Ann’s volunteer experience introduced her to a “warm and welcoming community,” and she believes that a “shared love of biking provides common ground” for people that participate in Trailnet events. Ann’s husband Vance now joins her on many of the weekend rides, which she credits with giving him “the same confidence and passion for cycling and health” that is so important to her.

As a physical therapist, Ann understands the critical importance of regular exercise for maintaining health and recovering from injury. She notes the abundance of research supporting the positive impact of exercise on mood and overall health, and sees evidence of these effects at Trailnet events. “It only takes a morning at a Trailnet ride to see this come to life in the laughter, support and friendships created through group exercise,” she says.

Even with many years of experience as a bike commuter and recreational cyclist, Ann is aware that for many people concerns about safety may mean that they don’t bike or walk if no specific infrastructure exists. She is committed to building a community where more people have access to the benefits of active transportation. “Having a network of safe and connected bikeways and sidewalks will make biking and walking easier and available to more people,” she says. She also predicts that “as more people use the bikeways and sidewalks, they will feel personally invested in supporting the growth of this network.”

In addition to volunteering time to Trailnet, Ann and Vance are Trailnet Peloton members, providing financial support for the protected bikeway vision. They strongly believe in “dedicating personal efforts and resources to build infrastructure that empowers communities.”

Ann and Vance also feel that positive change will come to St. Louis only if individuals take the initiative. “Whatever challenges we face, the best way to identify problems and solutions is to get personally involved, seeing the community by biking on the roads and paths, meeting our neighbors, visiting and supporting local businesses. Trailnet gives us the opportunity to come together as individuals and make our city healthier and more interesting, with access and opportunity for everyone to enjoy a more active lifestyle.”


RFP for strategic planning for Missouri’s regional active transportation organizations

RFP for strategic planning for Missouri’s regional active transportation organizations

Trailnet and our peer organizations in Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia request proposals for strategic planning services to inform future collaboration between the four organizations and to further our shared goals to improve the health and livability of our communities.

RFP Issued: January 20th, 2017
Questions Due: February 3rd, 2017
Proposals Due: February 10th, 2017

Download the full request for proposals here (PDF).

Partner organizations include Trailnet in St. Louis, BikeWalkKC in Kansas City, PedNet Coalition in Columbia, and Ozark Greenways in Springfield. This work is supported by the Missouri Convergence Partnership, a funder’s collaborative that includes the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Questions and proposals should be directed to rfp@bikewalkkc.org.


2017 Earth Day Bike Valet

Help the planet by riding your bike to the Earth Day Festival and be a supervisor for our bike valet. We need two experienced supervisors per shift at each location. Supervisors must have prior experience with bike valet. Click here to sign up!

2017 Fair St. Louis Bike Valet


Trailnet is again providing secure and complimentary Bike Valet for people cycling to Fair Saint Louis in Forest Park. Since the Park will be closed to vehicle traffic during the Fair, attendees are being encouraged to use bikes, walking, or MetroLink to get to the festivities.

Bike valets operate like a coat check for bicycles. Valet volunteers will give cyclists a claim ticket and park and retrieve bicycles from the bike racks. Shifts are three hours and will be staffed by 6 volunteers and one Trailnet staff member at each station.

What a great opportunity to gather friends, family and co-workers to team up and support Trailnet, active transportation, and CO2 reduction!

Click here for more information and to sign up.

Any questions, call Marcia Quint at 314-436-1324 ext. 116 or email marcia@trailnet.org

2017 Wish List

To help reduce program expenses, Trailnet needs the donation of supplies, services and equipment that are regularly used over the course of the year and during our special events.

With your donation of any item on this list, you actively become a part of our mission to lead in fostering healthy, active, and vibrant communities where walking, bicycling and public transit are a way of life.

Should you have any of these items that are new (or almost new) and would like to donate them to our organization, please contact Carol Schmidt at carol@trailnet.org.

All contributions are tax deductible.


Swim Bike Run Supports Trailnet

Buy a Helmet and Support Trailnet!
Swim Bike Run supports Trailnet and our vision for St. Louis. Mention Trailnet when purchasing a MIPS enabled Scott helmet, and they will donate $10 from each sale to us. These aren’t just any helmet! MIPS is the very latest in safety technology and they come in a variety of cool styles, designs and colors. Check them out.

Win a bike during National Bike Month!

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Sixty years ago, the League of American Bicyclists designated the month of May as National Bike Month. This is a perfect time to celebrate the many benefits of bicycling and to encourage more folks to give biking a try.

Here at Trailnet, we’ll be celebrating bikes all month long with a Shift Your Commute May Challenge, with National Bike to Work Day, and by giving away this great Electra Cruiser to the lucky winner of our bike raffle. This 7-speed classic aluminum cruiser features a step-through frame, twist shifter, fenders, a comfy seat, and balloon tires.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

The drawing will be held on June 1st. Spend the Summer cruising around town on your new wheels!

For information or to buy tickets by phone, contact Carol Schmidt at (314) 436-1324 ext. 103 or carol@trailnet.org.

Thanks to for the generous donation of the bike.

Volunteer at 2016 Beans, Bikes &Brews

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Help to make our first fundraiser of the year a huge success!

The 2016 Chili Party will be held at Willow, a new downtown event space created by Baileys.

You can dish up chili, serve beer, or help with the stationary bike race, all while enjoying some great food and drink and listening to The Green McDonough Band. Be one of the first to see our 2016 Spring events calendar in its new format, the centerfold of Terrain magazine.

Sign up to volunteer here!

Questions? Contact Carol Schmidt at carol@trailnet.org.

Volunteer during Share the Street

STSPBannerFBWe’re looking for volunteers to help out during our Share the Street Party.

Volunteers will be needed for general event set-up, bike valet, the Trailnet table, the beer table, dance-walk course guides, and event tear-down. Volunteers will receive a $5 ticket for food and one complimentary beverage. Beer and pizza will be provided during a brief volunteer orientation September 16 at 6 p.m.

If you’re interested in hanging out with a crew of cool folks as music drifts into your ears and century riders flow across the finish line, register here. You can also contact Marcia Quint at marcia@trailnet.org for more information.