Walk Bike Ambassadors
In pursuit of our goal to make St. Louis one of the best places to walk and bike safely, we increased our advocacy capacity by launching the Walk/Bike Ambassadors program February 2016. Thanks to a grant from the William A. Kerr Foundation, Trailnet recruited 12 Walk Bike Ambassadors to help raise awareness, increase walk and bike knowledge, organized local residents, and facilitated communication between all parties involved during this movement.
Our ambassadors worked at the grassroots level to ensure the balance between unique neighborhood needs and our advocacy campaigns. Trailnet’s Walk Bike Ambassadors have made important contributions to helping St. Louis become one of the best places in the country to walk and bike. Read about their goals and accomplishments in the articles below.
- Trailnet Walk Bike Ambassadors are Killing It! | Aug. 4, 2016
- Walk Bike Ambassador Success in Chesterfield | July 14, 2016
- Walk Bike Ambassador Activities | June 9, 2016
Complete Streets make it easier for everyone to walk, bike, or take public transit. These policies require that streets be designed and maintained for safe, convenient travel for all users and all modes of transportation. These policies position cities to promote health because they create systemic change across departments (e.g., transportation, planning, health) that supports health equity due to the streets becoming safer for all users.
It isn’t enough to pass Complete Streets policies. If policies aren’t implemented then lives are not changed. They produce positive impacts such as more opportunities to be physically active, increased property values, higher retail sales, and attraction of new businesses and residents.
Since 2008, we have implemented Complete Streets policies through the following projects:
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans
- Neighborhood Greenways St. Louis
- Walk Bike Ambassadors
- Dutchtown Better Block
- Steps in the Right Direction
We’ve assisted nine communities draft, pass, and implement Complete Streets policies of their own:
- City of St. Louis, original policy (2010), updated policy (2015)
- DeSoto (2008)
- Ferguson (2008)
- Florissant (2016)
- Pagedale (2015)
- St. Louis County (2014)
- Unionville (2013)
- University City (2014)
- Vinita Park (2012)
South County Connector
Over several years, Trailnet vigorously organized opposition to the South County Connector project for environmental, economic, and historic preservation reasons. This proposed $120 million project, was intended to link I-55 with I-44 and I-64, has now been “permanently shelved” by St. Louis County.
We worked with many others in this battle, including elected officials like county councilman Pat Dolan and St. Louis alderman Scott Ogilvie. Multiple city leaders in Maplewood, Webster Groves, and Shrewsbury discouraged this project after learning this road could displace up to eight families and 21 businesses within these areas. Institutions like the Washington University School of Law and non-profits such as Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Sierra Club and the River DesPeres Watershed Coalition also spoke out against this project for the lack of plans made for cyclists and pedestrians as well as for its price tag.
Although the County declared this project to be “on hold” in November 2014, we realized there was a chance it could resurface. Now, almost two years later, we can declare victory now that St. Louis County has “permanently shelved” the South County Connector project.
Streets for Everyone
Trailnet created the Streets for Everyone brochure and guide to help educate residents, advocates, and policymakers on the ways and the benefits of creating streets for everyone.
As we work to see walking, biking, and public transit become more viable transportation options, we must create streets that work for young, old, and people of all abilities. We found that the average resident wants streets and sidewalks that include design elements that create a high degree of safety and comfort. With Streets for Everyone, we worked to educate and advocate for this type of infrastructure design throughout the St. Louis region.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries regarding our past wins.