News | City of St. Louis Stripes First Parking-Protected Bike Lane on Chestnut | St Louis City

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People who ride bicycles in Downtown St. Louis are getting a safer travel route between City Garden, Kiener Plaza, the Gateway Arch grounds, and other businesses and restaurants along Chestnut in the City’s first parking-protected bike lane.

The bike lane on Chestnut is the final corridor of Bike St. Louis Phase III [greatriversgreenway.org], a partnership between the City of St. Louis and Great Rivers Greenway, which has recently upgraded and added 100 miles of on-street bike routes throughout the City of St. Louis. Phase III is also part of an important milestone in Mayor Francis Slay’s Sustainability Action Agenda to increase the number of dedicated bicycle lanes and shared road facilities in the City by 2018.

The new parking-protected bike lane stretches along Chestnut Street between 4th and 20th Streets using parked cars and flexible posts to separate the space for people to ride bikes and the driving lane. A striped buffer painted on the street also creates space between open car doors and the bike lane where people are riding.

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MoBikeFed comment: Is this the first parking-protect bicycle lane in Missouri? As far as we know, it is.

This type of facility, which provides a greater degree of separate between bicycle and motor vehicle traffic, has become more and more common and accepted across in the U.S. and in Europe. There are challenges with this type of design--especially at intersections--but in the right place and with the right design, experience says that is works very well and is preferred by cyclists who use it.

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