Gateway Bike Plan Calls for 1,000 Miles of Lanes and Trails In and Near St. Louis

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Great Rivers Greenway yesterday released an online copy of its Gateway Bike Plan that calls for 1,011 miles of bike lanes, shared use lanes and other bicycle facilities throughout St. Louis, St. Louis County and urbanized areas of St. Charles County.

The plan is to be put into effect over the next twenty years. A hundred area municipalities participated in drafting the plan, as did the Missouri Department of Transportation, Metro, East-West Gateway Council of Governments and Trailnet.

"Connecting communities, promoting good health and providing transportation alternatives are just the beginning of creating a vibrant region," says Susan Trautman, executive director of Great Rivers Greenway. "The Gateway Bike Plan helps to foster the development of safer cycling routes,"

Let's hope so. In the meantime, it would just help if St. Louis motorists would be more willing to share a lane with bicyclists. That's just this bike commuter's opinion, anyway.

Maps and other documents for the plan can be downloaded at stlbikeplan.com.

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