Do you walk or bicycle in the St Louis metro area? Attend an important meeting later in October--will set the tone for biking & walking in St Louis County for years to come

Everyone who walks and bicycles is invited to attend public meetings October 16-24 in various areas of St Louis County about the new Action Plan for Walking and Biking

Public meetings for the new St Louis County Action Plan for Walking and Biking a
Public meetings for the new St Louis County Action Plan for Walking and Biking are coming up later in October

If you can't attend the meetings in person (or even if you can!) there is an online survey here.

Why is this plan important?

Michael Hennies of the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation Board has been representing the Federation on the Community Advisory Team for the plan.

Mike says:

The Action Plan for Walking and Biking will ultimately be providing the planning guidance to St Louis County and the communities within St Louis County on how to create a uniform approach to designing and accounting for walking and biking.  It really is quite unprecedented from a St Louis County perspective. 

It is extremely important to get as much feedback as possible on what people want to see from a walking and biking perspective.  There is a tremendous need to account for the aging population that wants to walk and bike safely within the county and it is really kind of hit and miss right now.  Getting as many of the MoBikeFed members and other community members engaged about spreading the word will only create a better Action Plan document.

So if you live, work, or visit St Louis County, please consider attending one of the public meetings starting October 16th, 2019, or complete the online survey here.
 

ABOUT THE ST LOUIS COUNTY ACTION PLAN FOR WALKING AND BIKING

The plan's web page gives and overview of the plan: 

Making safe accommodations for walking and bicycling routine throughout the coun
Making safe accommodations for walking and bicycling routine throughout the county will be a top priority

We invite you to join County staff and your neighbors to help plan the future of walking and bicycling in St. Louis County. From the Summer of 2019 through the Spring of 2020, we are asking for the public’s input and inviting residents and visitors to help shape our plan in a variety of ways.

The Action Plan will be the county’s blueprint for improving safety, connectivity, and accessibility for people walking and bicycling. While the plan recommendations will focus on County-owned roadways, connections to municipal bikeways and sidewalks, as well as regional trail systems, will be vital to the success of the plan.

Throughout the planning process, the county will be seeking feedback from you and your fellow County residents through the online survey and interactive map, public meetings, and other events.

More about the plan here.

UPCOMING ACTION PLAN PUBLIC MEETINGS IN DIFFERENT AREAS OF ST LOUIS COUNTY

 
BRENTWOOD
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Public Meeting – Central
Brentwood Community Center
2505 S Brentwood Blvd, Brentwood, MO 63144
 
LEMAY
Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Public Meeting – South
The Pavilion at Lemay
305 Gregg Rd, Lemay, MO 63125
 
BALLWIN
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Public Meeting – West
Greensfelder Community Center-Queeny Park
550 Weidman Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011
 
FERGUSON
Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Public Meeting – North
Ferguson Community Center
1050 Smith Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135
 

Speak up--it makes a difference

When citizens speak up about their need for better, safer walking and bicycling, it really makes a difference.  This plan is an opportunity for Missouri's most populous county to take a huge leap forward in better accommodating bicycling and walking.

If you have lived in or visited the county, you know this is very much needed.  St Louis County is probably the county in Missouri that is furthest behind of any in accommodating bicycling and walking, when you compare the reality of what is on the ground now with what most counties of that size and population density have been doing over the past 10-20 years.

Now it is time for St Louis County to catch up--and this plan is the opportunity to make it happen.

Please do take the time to speak up!