St Louis: Bicycle Friendly Community
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.