Bike-Walk Task Force
Mayor's Task Force on University City's Bike and Walkability
In an effort to move University City towards being one of the most sustainable cities in the St. Louis Metropolitan region and to make the streets as safe as possible for bicyclists and pedestrians, a Mayor's Task Force on University City's Bike and Walkability was established in October 2010. Each member of the City Council appointed two constituents to this Task Force, from the ward which they represent in an effort to maintain the geographic diversity of the group. The Mayor appointed one resident from each ward.
This task force is charged with reviewing best practices locally, nationally and internally to determine how to make University City's streets safe for sustainable walking and biking, and how to move forward on making University City a "complete streets" community. To accomplish this task force will, among other actions of its choosing, do the following:
Conduct a survey of streets in the city to determine how well they accommodate pedestrian and bike travel, in a safe manner, while streets are being utilized by other users.
Become familiar with policies relating to foot and bike traffic held by other entities which control local streets, e.g. State of Missouri and St. Louis County.
Communicate with surrounding municipalities to determine how the bikeable and walkable University City streets can/should connect with streets in their communities.
Produce a report of actions University City should take to make local streets more pedestrian and bike friendly, including suggestions on how law enforcement can and should be involved and ideas where needed implementation funds may be found.
Research the "complete streets" approach to designing city streets and make recommendations to City Council on whether or not the city should move to adopt a Complete Streets ordinance.
Offer suggestions/ideas on how to educate residents about pedestrian and bike safety, and encourage residents to walk and bike more often.
Recommend to Council how University City could/should connect to national and international efforts, e.g. International Charter for Walking, etc.
The Task Force on University City's Bike and Walkability reported recommendations to the Council on June 25, 2012. View the first part of the report
and the 2nd part of the report, which is the
draft University City Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
. The draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan was presented to the Park Commission in October 2012 and the Traffic Commission in January 2013. The Master Plan will be presented to the Plan Commission on January 23, 2013 @ 7pm at the Heman Park Community Center, 975 Pennsylvania.
Find out more about
University City's Sustainable Green Practices
Visit the Bike and Walk Task Force Facebook page
Creating a Bike and Walk Master Plan for University City
In the Spring of 2011, University City and Trailnet began their partnership to create a bicycle and pedestrian master plan to improve conditions for walking and cycling throughout the community. Building on the strengths of University City – walkable neighborhoods, multiple commercial districts and nodes, great proximity to bus and light rail transit, active and engaged community members, etc. – this plan will create a long-range vision for a more walkable and bikeable University City, with recommendations for physical improvements – sidewalks, trails, on-street bicycle facilities – and for programs and activities that educate and encourage residents to walk and bike for transportation and recreation. With a bicycle and pedestrian master plan in hand, University City can better coordinate improvements for non-motorized transportation with future growth, development, and infrastructure projects for years to come.
The process will begin with an analysis of existing conditions, focusing on current and future land uses, transportation systems, demographic data, and input from members of the community. A public meeting will be held in late Spring to discuss existing conditions and gather feedback from attendees. Following this phase of the project, the planning team will develop a long-term vision, design principles and potential recommendations for improving walking and bicycling throughout the community. These recommendations will again be shared with the community at a second public meeting in early Fall. Community members will have the opportunity to review design options that incorporate safe and accessible bicycle and pedestrian facilities on various transportation corridors and to provide feedback. The planning team will then develop a prioritization strategy to implement the plan over the coming years. The project will wrap up with presentations to the City Council and other commissions (like parks and planning & zoning) that may have a stake in plan implementation.
Get Involved with U City!As a resident of University City, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved! Here are just a few:
Bicycle and Trails. Visit the Trailnet webpage to stay up-to-date on the latest developments for biking and walking programs at www.trailnet.org
For information on Bicycle Safety: How to Not Get Hit by a Car
Public Meetings. Two public meetings to learn more about the project and for residents to provide thoughts and ideas for making University City a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly community were held in May and September 2011.
Bike Walk Task Force Meeting. Attend one of the Mayor's Task Force for Bike and Walkability monthly meetings, which are open to the public. Beginning 2013, meetings are held as needed at Centennial Commons. Check the online University City Calendar for meeting dates.
Share the Plan With Others! Tell your friends, family and neighbors in University City about the project. Walking, cycling, increased recreational opportunities, safe environments for kids to walk to school, active transportation, accessible sidewalks and street crossings for persons with disabilities, safe and convenient connections to transit, economic development, community health, transportation equity, improved traffic safety, quality of life - if any of these are important to you, let other members of the community know that this important project is underway!
If you have any questions or comments about the plan, please contact University City or Trailnet staff:
Lynnette Hicks, Project Manager
Public Works Department
Chief Operating Officer