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St. Louis County is taking steps to update its plan to make roads and streets more useable for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments on Wednesday is expected to approve the county's request for a $500,000 federal grant to help pay for the study. The county would kick in $250,000.

Larry Welty, an engineer with the county Department of Transportation, said the study would map much of the county and determine where different ideas can be best used.

Among them, he said, are dedicated bicycle lanes, shared lanes with vehicles, bike paths separated from vehicle lanes and new sidewalks where there are none now.

MoBikeFed comment: This is a much-needed update to the county's plan. St. Louis County is perhaps the biggest anomaly in Missouri's bicycling landscope: The county that by all rights should be one of the most bicycle friendly in the state, is in fact one of the most difficult and dangerous for bicycling.

Still, considerable progress has been made, particularly in the past few years.

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