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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.