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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 share The Connecting St. Louis Master Plan as a bold vision to transform the City of St. Louis by connecting neighborhoods, cultural districts, and business centers. This plan was made through the dedication and partnerships from civic and community partners.

We are excited to share this current work and can’t wait to share more soon. Connecting St. Louis is the recipient of the 2018 APA Missouri Chapter’s Public Outreach Award. 

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Our process has been guided by a planning lens that ensures that we remain true to the goals that we have defined for the project. Throughout the planning process, our vision was developed through a lens that incorporated 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.


(Click the image to download the network map packet of additional maps, showing how Connecting St. Louis supports existing and planned mobility networks.)


From November 2016 to November 2018, Trailnet dove into an extensive planning process to review past, current, and future projects with over 50 partners and over 4,000 community respondents. The planning process comprised of five committees (Design and Placemaking, Destinations and Routes, Funding and Governance, Land Use, and Public Input), six community champions, and two community engagement opportunities. Click here to view the planning process.

Connecting St. Louis has been driven by a passionate and involved Committee. Click here to view Committee Meeting Minutes and read their letters below: 

Connecting St. Louis is endorsed by community supports, civic leaders and more. Click here to view our letters of support. Click here to view our media coverage.


Trailnet gratefully acknowledges the generous support of many corporations, foundations, and individuals, such as Ameren, Burns McDonnell, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Commerce Bank, Emerson, Green Street St. Louis, HOK, William A. Kerr Foundation, Koman, Lawrence Group, Lewis Rice, LHM, McCarthy, People for Bikes, Staenberg Family Foundation, Stifel, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, U.S. Bank, Washington University St. Louis, and many more.

Please contact us at planning@trailnet.org for questions or information regarding Connecting St. Louis.