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Connecting St. Louis 2020

Trailnet is moving St. Louis forward as a place where everyone can travel easily by foot or by bicycle. Every day, we are advancing 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 with safe, equitable transportation options for all. 

Check this page often for important updates on Connecting St. Louis!

TAKING SHAPE: THE CORTEX-TOWER GROVE CONNECTION

After three short years since announcing our Connecting St. Louis Plan, Trailnet, together with the City of St. Louis and other partners, funded a major bicycle and pedestrian corridor in one of the busiest traffic zones in the region. 

The Cortex-Tower Grove Connector is the first stage in transforming how St. Louis is connected for those who walk and bicycle. The project was recently approved for a $5.59 M federal construction grant and we couldn’t be more excited to proceed to the next stage. 

The Cortex-Tower Grove Connector will provide safe, simple transportation options for active commuters. The design includes a two-way protected bike lane, multiple pedestrian upgrades, traffic calming infrastructure, and signal improvements between the Cortex Metro link stop to Tower Grove Park.

Click here to learn more about this vital connection and the planned upgrades.

“Bike and pedestrian infrastructure like what Trailnet has envisioned is critical to making the City a growing place, a more equitable place, and help those organizations attract the talent they need to be successful.”

Jason Hall, CEO and Co-Founder of Arch to Park

CONNECTING ST. LOUIS ROLLS AHEAD

“There’s a lot of people who don’t have a way to get around…There’s a real sense of urgency just to provide some safer alternatives for getting around. It’s important to change the culture and the mindset that we all have a right to access and use our roadways.”

Cara Spencer, 20th Ward Alderwoman in St. Louis

STREET RECOMMENDATIONS

The report’s streets recommendations take into account: Quality of Life, Existing Plans, Parks and Trails, Transit, Economic Development Potential, Equity, and Density. Click here to see some of the specific corridor recommendations from the master plan.

HUMANS OF THE VISION

The “Humans of the Vision” project is Trailnet’s way of capturing the voices of our committee members to learn why they are excited to help create a vision that safely connects people walking and biking in St. Louis. Click the image and find out what makes our committees so dedicated to change!

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: 

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 consisted 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 is endorsed by community supporters, civic leaders and more. Click here to view our letters of support. Click here to view our media coverage.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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.

READ THE REPORT