The League of American Bicyclists has announced its Fall 2009 Bicycle Friendly Communities which includes St. Louis. Indeed we are specifically mentioned in their press release. In addition to that Missouri as a whole has moved up to 17th in the overall state rankings.
St. Louis, Mo., for example, is one of the 70 largest cities surveyed in the ACS and a new BFC. The community nearly doubled their number of bicycle commuters from 2000 to 2008. The city has completed several noteworthy projects within the past year, including 53 new miles of on-street additions to the bikeway system, a $10 million investment, and an expansion of bicycling education offerings for children and adults. “St. Louis like cities across the country, is making smart investments in building a welcoming community for biking that will inevitably lead to more, healthier and sustainable transportation options and increased recreational opportunities.” stated Bill Nesper, League Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program.
To discover and map your own new bike route check out Bike St Louis. They have a great interactive map of the many new bike paths in the city.
Many thanks to Great Rivers Greenway for getting STL on the map! Below is a screen shot of the current and developing trails for the greenway.
Want to live on the greenway? Check out 6405 Ruth. This home faces the Christy Park extension path which connects Holly Hills to River Des Peres.
In this gorgeous parklike setting you may never have to travel by car again. Just take your bike out the front door, hop on the trail and ride to the Metrolink! This home is listed at $194,900 has 3 beds and 2 full baths with an additional family room upstairs and an impeccably finished lower level rec-room. There is a one car attached garage as well, but who needs it?