STL Intersection Intervention: How Chouteau at Vandeventer could be fixed - NextSTL

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St. Louis is full of intersections that are difficult for pedestrians and bicyclists to navigate. This is the outcome of a century-long history of projects that made the city’s streets more generous for cars. Starting in the 1920s, St. Louis embarked on a long, expensive campaign to create a system of broad arterial roads that could ferry large volumes of traffic across the city. From that point on, pedestrian comfort was no longer the priority, and the popularity of bicycling as a mode of transport quickly faded from the high it reached in the 19th century. . . .

I recently had the unpleasant experience of trying to navigate the intersection of [Chouteau at Vandeventer] on a bike. It was easily the dodgiest part of my ride that day. Heading east from FPSE, I was unsure of how to ride through the intersection to the bike lanes on Chouteau. On my way back, I nervously navigated the opening of the right-turn lane from Chouteau to Vandeventer. After crossing the intersection, I found myself dumped into a car lane, forced to merge with oncoming traffic.

MoBikeFed comment: Read Justin Raine's suggestions for fixing this problem intersection in the full article: