Our Work
Connecting St. Louis

Connecting St. Louis

Connecting St. Louis

Trailnet is moving St. Louis forward as a place where everyone can travel easily by foot or by bicycle. We are thrilled to take our work to the next level with our bold vision: connecting St. Louis with a network of on-street protected bikeways and sidewalks. This project will transform our wonderful city by connecting neighborhoods, cultural districts, and business centers. Click here to read more, via our feature in NextSTL. 


Study Corridor Map

As we move ahead with recommending  routes and funding sources, our decisions will be guided by community input to understand community needs and desires for seamless connectivity and the impact of a low-stress biking and walking network. In pursuing this vision, our goals are to:

  1. Lead a transparent and cohesive Master Planning process that engages a broad cross section of the population in defining destinations and routes for equitable community development  and provide access to transportation for all ages and abilities.
  2. Develop a plan that puts people first by promoting human-scale designs for livable, healthy communities.
  3. Plan a network with best practices from across the country to significantly enhance walking and biking and spur economic growth that is uniquely St. Louis.

View our Story Map

The Planning Process

Guiding Principles

Our process will be guided by a planning lens that ensures that we remain true to the goals that we have defined for the project. This lens will maintain our focus as we make difficult decisions about destinations, routes, policy, process, and design. While our values explain why we do our work, the planning lens directs how we translate our values into concrete change.

Throughout the planning process, our vision will be developed through a lens that incorporates the following considerations:

  1. Building for the long term: We are committed to planning a system that lasts in materials, design, financing, and environmental features. Places that are built to be loved are places that are preserved.
  2. Promoting equity: Our vision will support a St. Louis where outcomes are not determined by race, zip code, or class. In terms of community outreach, design, destinations, routes, affordability, and land-use policy, the planning process will seek decisions that support a more just community.
  3. Encouraging active, healthy lifestyles: The network will support mental and physical health for all users by making physical activity part of the community. Design and policy will make it easier and safer for people to be social, to exercise, and to develop local businesses that support community members.
  4. Places Where People Come First: The bikeways and sidewalks will be designed to prioritize people over cars. When it comes to tradeoffs for signal timing, design, and right-of-way, people will come first over moving or parking cars. We will choose policies and design standards that improve city life for people and that provide an opportunity for true progress, rather than perpetuating the status quo.
  5. A Thriving Local Economy: The vision will support streets friendly to small businesses. We will choose designs and policies that support mixed uses, affordable housing, local businesses, incremental development, and neighborhood growth by current residents.


The Master Planning process started in November 2016 and will be divided into the phases described in the chart below:

Committee Meeting Minutes

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

“Humans of the Vision” Project

Trailnet created the “Humans of the Vision” project to introduce a few of our committee members who are helping us create the Master Plan for a safe network for walking and biking. This short series captures what makes these committee members most excited about this bold vision. Thank you to all of our committee members who are dedicating time and talent in helping us connect St. Louis. Click here to view our “Humans of the Vision”, or watch the following video.

Endorsements, Media & FAQs

Letters of Support

A Word from Our Planning Committee

Committee members discuss the importance of planning our protected bikeway and improved sidewalks infrastructure for the St. Louis region.

Media Coverage

View our Press Kit detailing the current plans outlining the potential destinations for this network. The information found in this press kit were announced during our 2017 Movers and Shakers Gala. 

Recent news about protected bikeways and walkways:


Please contact us at planning@trailnet.org for questions or information regarding the Trailnet Vision.