Our Work
Policy & Advocacy Campaigns

Policy & Advocacy Campaigns

Changing policy and advocating for safer streets for all

Trailnet is working to address the following key problems facing core transportation (walking, biking, and transit) in our community:

  • Dangerous Driving
  • Inequitable access to core transportation
  • Unequal funding for walking, biking, and transit
  • Negative health, environment, and climate impacts from the transportation system

We do this by partnering with residents and community organizations and by leading efforts to:

  • Remove legal barriers to create safer streets
  • Change rules to prioritize safety for vulnerable road users
  • Secure funding for core transportation

These efforts are based on our mission and guided by our policy principles.

Key Efforts

Hands Free Missouri– Distracted driving is dangerous driving. It posses one of the biggest threats to people walking, biking, and using wheelchairs, as well as people driving. Trailnet staff is organizing efforts in Jefferson City to pass legislation reigning in distracted driving. We are a member of Hands Free Missouri, a Statewide coalition of transportation, health, safety and industry groups focused on addressing distracted driving.

St. Louis Community Mobility Committee (CMC)- Public and neighborhood-level engagement is key to an equitable and effective transportation system. The CMC is a citizen-led committee that advises the City of St. Louis on mobility issues. Trailnet staff supports this effort to improve community engagement by leading subcommittees on open-streets, neighborhood traffic calming, and growing the group’s membership in an equitable way.

Recent Wins

Clayton Complete Streets Policy (2021) – updated rules governing bike, pedestrian, and ADA improvements in streets projects

St. Louis City Work Zone Mobility Ordinance (2020) – requires developers to maintain safe sidewalks construction

St. Louis County Bike Reforms (2020) – modernized the county’s rules on how and where people can ride, prioritizing the safety and judgment of people on bikes

St. Louis City Traffic Calming Ordinance (2016) – allowed the use of speed humps on city streets and other traffic calming tools

Click here for more past accomplishments.

Please contact us at advocacy@trailnet.org with any inquiries regarding our current priority campaigns.