Katelyn Mae Petrin / St. Louis Public Radio

Bicycles streamed through the streets Friday as people observed National Bike to Work Day. It's something St. Louis bicycle advocacy groups would like people to do more than just once a year. So, they are working to make the local bike commutes safer and easier.

Mark Furrer
city of Sunset Hills website

Updated on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014:

Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer was indicted by a St. Louis County grand jury Wednesday. Ed Magee, a spokesperson for the St. Louis County Prosecutor's office, confirmed the indictment Friday. Magee said a judge signed the indictment Thursday and the case will now move to the circuit court.

Update from Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014:

A feasibility study on a potential St. Louis bike share system just released its results, noting while there is big demand here, it is less than that in a city like Washington, D.C. (pictured here).
Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz, via Wikipedia

New recommendations from the St. Louis Bike Share Feasibility Study are calling for an initial phase involving 540 bicycles at an initial cost of up to $3.3 million.

Bicyclist Phil Leachman donned turkey attire for Sunday's ninth annual Cranksgiving bike ride and food drive in Maplewood.
Stephanie Lecci

Bicycles, tricycles, recumbent cycles and tandems were lined up on the street in front of Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood on Sunday, but the sight of a man dressed helmet-to-pedal in a turkey costume made it obvious this wasn't a typical bike race.

Rather it was the ninth annual St. Louis "Cranksgiving" bike ride and food drive, sponsored by St. Louis BWorks. The non-profit offers free classes to help children learn about and earn a bicycle or a computer. 

(Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis Bike Share Study)

Local residents still have a chance to weigh in on a possible bike share plan for St. Louis.

Great Rivers Greenway District has been working with the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Metro Transit and other groups since last spring to study the feasibility of such a cycle sharing system here.

Gateway Cup

Cyclists from across the country gather in St. Louis this weekend for the 29th annual Gateway Cup cycling races. The popular, four-day event takes place in four St. Louis neighborhoods – Lafayette Square, Benton Park, The Hill and St. Louis Hills – and attracts anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 fans per day.

The Gateway Cup has long been an attraction for top-level cyclists. But this year the race gained additional prestige because it has been added to the U.S.A. Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC), the premier series of 20 professional criterium races.

Eliot MIller

Bicyclists from around St. Louis gathered downtown Monday morning to discuss bike safety.

Their concerns were heightened in light of the death of Charles Richard Beard, the bicyclist killed in a hit-and-run accident on Friday night.  

“He did all the right things, it should have been enough,” said rally co-organizer Eliot Miller. Beard, an experienced bicyclist, was wearing a helmet along with reflectors when he was hit while riding along Cook Avenue in north St. Louis.

Flickr/Jeremy Noble

As St. Louisans participated in National Bike to Work Day recently, a local group reflected on its efforts to make the region more bike-friendly.

Great Rivers Greenway has released a report, grading St. Louis’ progress on a region-wide bike plan. The Gateway Bike Plan would build bike routes connecting parks, universities and major public areas throughout St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. Other initiatives under the plan would implement policies and training programs to support bikers.

via Flickr/KOMUnews

A proposed constitutional amendment to let voters decide if they want to create a temporary 1-cent transportation sales tax has received first-round approval in the Missouri House.

Flickr/Jeremy Noble

Missouri lawmakers are weighing what role bicycles should play in the future of transportation spending. 

A proposed constitutional amendment would raise the state sales tax by a penny to bridge any anticipated shortfalls over the next ten years. Most of the money would be for roads and bridges, but 10 percent could be earmarked by local governments for alternative forms of transportation including bicycle, air, rail, and pedestrian projects.

Flickr/Jeremy Noble

St. Louis could be the next U.S. city to host an urban bike-sharing program. Great Rivers Greenway is conducting a feasibility study to determine how successful such a program would be in the area.

“We want to look at the destinations where our residents are traveling to on a daily basis, whether that’s [to] work or shopping areas, or dining areas,” said Assistant Project Manager Elizabeth Simons. 

Erin Williams / St. Louis Public Radio

We’ve all been there: You get in the car and begin driving your normal route, only to hit construction and be re-routed to another street, or traffic that forces you to creep along at a snail’s pace. In your annoyance, you glance out the window and spy a cyclist whizzing by and think, ‘Man, I need to get one of those.’

For Sean Lowery, commuting by bike is more than a summertime hobby  - it’s a way of life. The 27-year-old Marine Villa resident has been commuting on two wheels for three years now, and has created a whole new transportation lifestyle for himself.

Given that the St. Louis area has the highest number of bicycle-related accidents in Missouri and that St. Charles County is considering banning bicycles on certain highways, how can St. Louis be touted as a great destination for cyclists?

"Cyclists from other cities come here and can't believe how much nicer motorists are than those in other cities," said Patty Vinyard, executive director of the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation .