The City of St. Louis is committed to providing safer streets for safer people, and worked with Great Rivers Greenway and Alta Planning + Design to plan, design, and implements more than 100 miles of bikeways across the city.
Great Rivers Greenway and the City of St. Louis received a $1.4 million federal transportation grant for Bike St. Louis Phase III. Great Rivers Greenway and the City of St. Louis are sharing the 20% local match funding required. The first phase of Bike St. Louis started a decade ago, and much of the early striping and signs are now in need of upgrades. Project manager Paul Wojciechowski was the engineer of record for the implementation of 21 miles of on-street bicycle facilities in 2003 known as Bike St. Louis Phase I. This initial phase of Bike St. Louis included the initial use of “sharrows” in St. Louis as well as bike lanes. Alta was then selected to develop plans for upgrading the initial 21 miles of bikeways included in Phase I, as well as 46 miles of bikeways included in Bike St. Louis Phase II, and an additional 30 miles of new bikeways included in the Gateway Bike Plan in the City of St. Louis.
The project included St. Louis’ first parking-protected bike lane and first bicycle boulevard, as well as ten road diets to create space for buffered bike lanes, which were goals of the Gateway Bike Plan. Alta designed and implemented two on-street bike corrals and wayfinding signage to enhance the growing network. Alta led community engagement, conceptual design, and development of final design plans using Surface Transportation Program funding with a mix of city and parks district local match. A key element of the project is the connection of non-motorized transportation to key land uses in the City, including transit centers making the first and last mile to transit more accessible by bicycle or on foot.
The St. Louis Branch of Missouri Chapter APWA Award Committee selected the Chestnut Parking Protected Bike Lane to receive the Public Works Project of the Year Award, Less than $250,000 for 2016.