Bike St. Louis – Des Peres Ave Public Meeting

Bike_St_Louis[1]Elizabeth Simons, Assistant Project Manager at Great Rivers Greenway, provided the following information about Bike St. Louis’s plans to make bike-friendly improvements to Des Peres Avenue in 2014. SDCC is coordinating their work with our Neighborhood Master Plan and residents are invited to come to the public meeting on Saturday, March 22 at 10am at the SDCC office to view the plans and discuss traffic calming measures that will improve the roadway for pedestrians and cyclists. Light refreshments will be provided. Read on for more information:

Bike St. Louis is the result of a partnership between the City of St. Louis and the Great Rivers Greenway District to promote cycling as a viable transportation option and to create bicycle connections from downtown St. Louis to destinations throughout the region. The first twenty miles of continuous on-street bicycle routes were unveiled in the spring of 2005. To date, the project has developed over 100 miles of on-street bicycle routes in St. Louis City, Clayton, Maplewood and Kirkwood. Signage on the routes provides point of interest directions and distances. A printed map of the Bike St. Louis network including bike safety information is distributed at events, bike shops and partner locations throughout the region.

Currently in the third phase of Bike St. Louis, the Great Rivers Greenway District and the City of St. Louis are working to add an additional forty miles of on-street bike routes in the City of St. Louis and upgrade sixty miles of the existing Bike St. Louis network. The Bike St. Louis Phase III open house was held this past October at the Forest Park Visitors Center. Residents viewed plan concepts and provided feedback on the proposed improvements. Over 500 people completed the online Bike St. Louis Phase III survey. The on-street modifications being considered will calm traffic and accommodate safe travel by both cyclists and motorists, while linking residents to destinations by trail and transit. Bike St. Louis Phase III is being funded by contributions from the Great Rivers Greenway District and the City of St. Louis and a $1.1 million Federal Transportation grant administered by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and the Missouri Department of Transportation. Implementation of the Bike St. Louis Phase III plans will begin this year.

Des Peres Avenue between Rosedale Avenue and Lindell Boulevard is identified on the Bike St. Louis Phase III plan as a neighborhood greenway. Neighborhood greenways, also known as “bike boulevards” and “quiet streets,” are residential streets with low volumes of auto traffic and low speeds where cyclists and pedestrians are given priority. Neighborhood greenways use a handful of traffic calming design strategies to encourage cyclists to use the street as a through route and to make the street safer and more comfortable for pedestrians.

Residents of the Skinker DeBaliviere neighborhood are invited to the Des Peres Avenue Bike St. Louis meeting on Saturday, March 22 at 10am at the Skinker DeBaliviere Community Council office (6008 Kingsbury) to view the Bike St. Louis Phase III plans and to discuss traffic calming measures along Des Peres Avenue that will build on the Skinker DeBaliviere Neighborhood Master Plan and improve the roadway for pedestrians and cyclists. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information on Bike St. Louis or the Des Peres Avenue Neighborhood Greenway, please contact Elizabeth at (314) 932-4904 or esimons@grgstl.org.