cycling

Riverfront Trail
5:25 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Real Estate Purchase Means Future Amenities For Users Of Riverfront Trail

Riders along the Riverfront Trail north of downtown may have more amenities next year, thanks to a real estate purchase by Great Rivers Greenway.
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A historic building along the Mississippi riverfront will likely mean more amenities next year for cyclists and pedestrians along the Riverfront Trail north of downtown.

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Other News
6:11 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Livable St. Louis Conference Offers New Vision For The Region

Ann Mack, CEO of Trailnet
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Community visionaries and organizers from across the region held a conference in St. Louis on Friday.   The “Livable St. Louis” conference aims to transform the region through a range of quality of life improvements.

The conference was organized by Trailnet and focused on improving declining neighborhoods through projects such as affordable housing, safe streets, vibrant public spaces and green infrastructure.

Regina Martinez works with a group called the Rebuild Foundation that tries to transform old structures into new community assets.

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Anti-endangerment law
4:53 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Bikers, Walkers, Passengers Get New Protections In City Law

A bicycle tire.
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Updated at 9:30 am Saturday to correct a misspelling.

Legislation that gives some extra protections to cyclists, pedestrians, and passengers in cars in St. Louis City is on its way to the desk of Mayor Francis Slay.

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Cycling
1:59 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Statewide Plan For Bicycle Trails Coming To Illinois

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Efforts to put together a first-ever Illinois statewide bikeway plan are underway.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking bids from companies to design the plan. The Pantagraph in Bloomington, Ill. reports the plan could mean upgraded bicycling paths across the state. IDOT officials say the plan is a major step for sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation options for Illinoisans.

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Tour de Grove
6:17 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Life cycle of a bike race: Tour de Grove evolves into top cycling event

Riders mass for the start of the Category 2/3 race at the Tour de Grove. This was a top amateur race of the weekend.
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Some of the top athletes in their sport were in St. Louis last weekend.

They weren’t wearing the birds and bats of the Cardinals, and they didn’t draw the crowds of a weekend series at Busch Stadium. But the contest known as the Tour de Grove is slowly but surely becoming a big draw in the world of professional cycling.

The atmosphere on a warm spring Saturday afternoon in the Grove has the feel of a gigantic street party. People line Manchester Avenue sipping beer, snacking on the wares of street vendors, and listening to music.

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Bike parking
2:19 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Mayor Slay signs bike parking bill

Mayor Francis Slay (middle) signs the city's bike parking ordinance with Ald. Scott Ogilvie (left) and members of Slay's young adult advisory panel.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis has joined cities like Minneapolis and Seattle in requiring developers and rehabbers to install bike racks in certain projects.

Mayor Francis Slay signed the bike parking ordinance at City Hall on Wednesday. It requires developers and rehabbers of most projects over $1 million to install at least one bike rack that can hold at least two bikes.  The offsite parking requirement is reduced by one space for every bike rack that's installed.

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A Good Year St. Louis: bikes
6:35 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Cycling advocate calls 2011 "fabulous" year for bikes

Trailnet executive director Anne Mack stands outside the downtown bike commuter station, one of the main reasons she calls 2011 "A Good Year" for bikes.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

With average gas prices reaching their highest level in 2011, more and more people began looking for an alternate way to get around.

In St. Louis, many of those commuters turned to vehicles of the two-wheeled variety.

Anne Mack, the executive director of Trailnet, told St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann as part of our series “A Good Year” that cyclists had a “fabulous” 2011.

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Tour de Grove
6:15 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Second annual Tour de Grove bike race kicks off

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The second annual Tour de Grove bike race got under way this afternoon.

Some 15 professional teams from around the country will be competing for a total purse of around $35,000.

Mike Weiss is the owner of the Big Shark Bicycle Company and is one of the event organizers.

Unlike the Tour of Missouri, Weiss says the Tour de Grove features an urban loop track, with more chances to watch the race unfold.

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Cycling Accident Statistics
5:22 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

Ill. to begin documenting "dooring" statistics from bicycle accidents

A bicycle tire.
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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon used in this report.

The Illinois Department of Transportation doesn't keep statistics on accidents unless a moving car is involved.  That's why Ed Barsotti with the League of Illinois Bicyclists says "dooring" was invisible in state record books.

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Other News
2:59 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Bike commuters have a new home in downtown St. Louis

Bike racks at downtown commuter station
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

The City of St. Louis has taken steps to become friendlier for bike commuters.

The new downtown St. Louis Bike Station opens on Thursday.  The project was funded through a $180,000 grant from the Department of Energy.

The project is currently administered through the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis but will eventually be handed off to Trailnet.

Maggie Campbell is the President of the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis.  She says the site will offer a full range of services for bike commuters.

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