Rally co-organizer Eliot Miller mapped the 688 reported bicycle accidents between 2011 and 2013 that resulted in injury or property damage of $500 or more. The cluster of orange highlights the area of increased incidents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.