Another effort underway to start a bike-share system in St. Louis |

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A new effort is underway to start a bike-share program in St. Louis similar to one already in place in numerous other American cities.

The Bi-State Development Agency, which runs MetroLink and Metro buses, recently applied for a $1.4 million federal grant to help set up the system.

The Great Rivers Greenway park district, which released a detailed study in 2014 on how a bike-share system here could operate, competed for a bike-share startup grant in 2015 but was turned down in favor of other ideas.

The rejection was from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, which will now consider Bi-State’s request.

As with the 2015 proposal, the current plan would be rooted in the region’s central corridor.

MoBikeFed comment: St. Louis is one of the last remaining large midwestern cities that still lacks a bike share system.

Compared with any other transportation investment the city could make, the bike share system is extremely inexpensive and has a tremendous bang for the buck.

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