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Bikers weigh in on a new regional bike plan

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By Mandi Rice, St. Louis Public Radio

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis biking organizations are asking for input as they develop a regional bicycle plan. The organizers aim to connect the existing bike routes in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, and suggest additional on-street routes.

Susan Trautman, executive director of the Great Rivers Greenway, said that one of the plan's biggest goals is to standardize cycling across the area's many municipalities.

"As you pass through the jurisdictions, each jurisdiction would have the same kind of signage, the same kind of road markings and you would have a seamless transition," Trautman said.

Great Rivers Greenway is coordinating the plan's development, and hosted open houses on Oct. 13 and 14 to solicit feedback from area cyclists.

Residents can also give feedback on the plan's website, www.stlbikeplan.com.

"We really hope that they'll tell us about what they're concerns are in their communities and their commutes," Trautman said. "It's their opportunity to tell us about their concerns and their hopes - how we could make their lives a little bit better."

Representatives from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Metro, local governments, Trailnet and the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation are working together on the project. After incorporating community feedback, they will release the plan next spring.


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