In 2019, Alta Planning & Design alongside multiple partners, including Trailnet, began producing the St. Louis County Action Plan for Walking and Biking.
The Action Plan will be a countywide plan that will provide a guide for improving walking and biking conditions throughout St. Louis County. It will also update the St. Louis County portion of the Gateway Bike Plan. The Action Plan will take a holistic approach to understanding the trends affecting transportation and mobility needs in St. Louis County.
Trailnet’s Work on the Plan
Trailnet staff provides consultation to the St. Louis County Action Plan (SCLAP) project team in the community outreach, policy development, and planning stages of the walking and biking plan.
In order to fill in the gaps in traditional community engagement strategies, Trailnet and the SLCAP project team conducted an equity audit to identify and engage communities that have higher concentrations of populations with people of color, youth, senior citizens, limited English proficiency, and high population that rely on walking, biking, or public transit as primary modes of travel.
Based on these equity indicators (see maps of all equity indicators below), Trailnet staff conducted numerous additional outreach activities in these areas to ensure all audiences, especially diverse and underrepresented audiences were reached. Trailnet partnered with numerous St. Louis County Public Libraries, MetroMarket, Washington University, and Ferguson Farmer’s Market to conduct this outreach and increased the amount of survey responses and feedback to the general outreach for the SLCAP.
A complete transportation system is not solely defined by positive infrastructure change – thoughtful and equitable transportation policy directly influences how governments impact the transportation system. On the St. Louis County Action Plan for Walking and Biking, Trailnet is working diligently to improve numerous St. Louis County Transportation policies, including: the Complete Streets Ordinance and Sidewalk, Parking, and Road Diet policies. Trailnet staff are conducting full-fledged reviews of these policies and reaching out to other counties across the United States to identify best practices and gain insight on how St. Louis County can improve these policies and ordinances. Equitable policymaking is crucial to any transportation system, and Trailnet staff are looking at St. Louis County policies through an equitable lens to make sure all communities can access and have the capability to make positive transportation change in their community regardless of size or available resources.
Planning and Network Development
To assist the SLCAP project team, Trailnet is providing assistance on the SLCAP Bike and Pedestrian Network Maps, existing conditions analysis, and prioritization/safety improvements to priority corridors and other planning tasks. Review and analysis of existing conditions and polices will provide a basis for equity impacts, resources allocation methods, and best practices for directing resources toward solutions that address equity.Assistance to the Bike/Pedestrian Network will review bike/pedestrian facility types, a hierarchy of those facilities, and connections to important local destination and existing bike/pedestrian networks (GRG trails). This review and following recommendation will directly influence the final recommendations in the Action Plan for St. Louis County.
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