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: TOWER GROVE CONNECTOR
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 biking and walking corridor in one of the busiest traffic zones in the region.
The 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 Tower Grove Connector will provide safe, simple transportation options for active commuters. The design includes a two-way cycle track (protected bike lane), multiple pedestrian upgrades, traffic calming infrastructure, and signal improvements between Tower Grove Park and the Grove.
Moving Ahead: Tucker Bike-Walk-Bus Project
A .9 mile cycle track (aka protected bike lane) is coming to downtown St. Louis! The Tucker Bike-Walk-Bus improvement project is the second Connecting St. Louis Project to move towards construction. It includes a cycle track, bus stop upgrades, and crosswalk improvements.
The improvements along Tucker Blvd. stretch between Chouteau Ave. and Washington Ave., crossing the Mill Creek railyard and connecting into downtown. This North-South route creates a more-accessible, less-stressful, and safer connection into downtown.
The two-way cycle track and numerous intersection safety improvements along the corridor will create a safer connection for people walking, biking, and taking the bus. These improvements include bus islands, pedestrian refuge islands, Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, crosswalk signal upgrades, and high-visibility crosswalks along this .9 mile stretch of Tucker Blvd.
The project is sponsored by the city of St. Louis and was developed by Trailnet and numerous community partners. Learn more about the route improvements here.
CONNECTING ST. LOUIS ROLLS AHEAD
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.
- 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
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.