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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:

  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.

“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

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.

Timeline

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

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017


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:

FAQs


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