WE IMPROVE WALKING AND BIKING
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.
Creating safe connections for walking and biking will encourage healthy, active lifestyles, bolster economic growth, and elevate equity and access for all in the community. 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:
- 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.
- Develop a plan that puts people first by promoting human-scale designs for livable, healthy communities.
- 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.
“We believe high quality walking and bicycling networks on our streets will attract and retain talent, strengthen our economy, and connect people to the places they love,” said Ralph Pfremmer, Chief Executive Officer of Trailnet. “Our new vision will solidify St. Louis as one of the best cities for walking and biking and will have a positive impact on everyone in St. Louis.”
The Planning Process
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
Below is our draft plan of destinations for our vision determined by our planning committees during Phase 2. This image was presented during our 2017 Movers and Shakers Gala displaying the possible connectivity our city could have from north to south city.
Committee Meeting Minutes
- Land Use Committee Meeting Minutes | 5.2.17
- Destinations and Routes Committee Meeting Minutes | 5.3.17
- Design and Placemaking Committee Meeting Minutes | 5.16.17
- Public Input Committee Meeting Minutes | 5.17.17
- Land Use Committee Meeting Minutes | 6.13.17
- Destinations and Routes Committee Meeting Minutes | 6.14.17
- Design and Placemaking Committee Meeting Minutes | 6.20.17
- Public Input Committee Meeting Minutes | 6.21.17
- Land Use Committee Meeting Minutes | 7.11.17
- Destinations and Routes Committee Meeting Minutes | 7.12.17
- Design and Placemaking Committee Meeting Minutes | 7.18.17
“Humans of the Vision” Project
Trailnet created the “Humans of the Vision” project to introduce the 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”.
Endorsements, Media & FAQs
Letters of Support
- Letter of Support from City of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson
- Letter of Support from County Executive Steve Stenger
- Letter of Support from Development Strategies
- Letter of Support from Explore St. Louis
- Letter of Support from Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
- Letter of Support from Missouri Humanities Council
- Letter of Support from Prevention Research Center
- Letter of Support from Pulitzer Arts Foundation
- Letter of Support from RISE
- Letter of Support from SLACO
- Letter of Support from STL Area Agency on Aging
- Letter of Support from St. Louis Children’s Hospital
- Letter of Support from UMSL Des Lee Professor, Todd Swanstrom
- Letters of Support from STL Community Foundation
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.
- A Word from our Special Projects Director, Grace Kyung
- A Word from John Kohler | Destinations and Routes Committee
- A Word from John Cruz | Land Use Committee
- A Word from Kevin McKinney | Land Use Committee
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:
- STL Public Radio: Trailnet Wants to Build Biking and Walking Trails in City’s North Side and South Side Neighborhoods
- St. Louis Post Dispatch: Trailnet Updates Plan for Connecting Bike/Walk Pathways
- Community Builders Network: Why St. Louis Needs a Network of On-Street Protected Bikeways and Sidewalks
- St. Louis Post Dispatch: Our Story is Bigger Than Amazon
- NextSTL: Funding Approved for First Calm Street Project in St. Louis City
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or information regarding the Trailnet Vision.