Skip to Content
Streetsblog USA home
Streetsblog USA home
Log In
Streetsblog.net

St. Louis County: We Don’t Build Bike Lanes Because No One Bikes

11:05 AM EST on November 23, 2011

Great news from greater St. Louis: Communities from across the region put their heads together, and after 16 months of labor came up with a bike master plan that includes a 1,000-mile cycling network.

false

It seems, however, that not all the region's actors are sold on the idea of biking as transportation. Herbie Markwort, who writes for Network blogs Gateway Streets and NextSTL, noticed recently that there are no bike accommodations on any roads maintained by St. Louis County. And it isn't a simple oversight, he explains:

I only see road segments designated as "wide outside lane," "paved shoulder," or "needs further analysis;" nothing that would require paint on the road.

In a recent Road Crew chat on STLtoday.com, I asked the following question: Is St. Louis County against the inclusion of on-street bicycle facilities on its roads?

David Wrone, spokesman for the St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic, replied: "As a matter of policy, we don't build dedicated bike lanes. St. Louis County salutes the bike-riding community, but we manage our system in the knowledge that motor vehicles comprise the vast majority of our customer base. The ground and money aren't available to provide 'Bike Only' travel lanes."

Good one, Wrone. You "salute" cyclists, they just aren't worth any "ground" or "money" because all of that is reserved for the folks who really count: motorists. How forward thinking!

I wonder if it's ever occurred to anyone in St. Louis County that maybe car traffic vastly outnumbers bike traffic because they haven't made it safe to bike. Just a thought.

Elsewhere on the Network today: NRDC Switchboard shares research that shows small, neighborhood parks, or "pocket parks" as they're sometimes called, improve health outcomes in neighborhoods. The Virginia Bicycling Federation announces that 80 miles of sharrows are coming to Richmond. And Systemic Failure highlights Rick Perry's past enthusiasm for high-speed rail.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog USA

NYC Debuts Public E-Bike Charging for Delivery Workers

Finally, they’re taking charge! The city’s first public e-bike charging station opened in Cooper Square on Thursday — the start of an overdue six-month pilot that is part of a “Charge Safe Ride Safe Action Plan” for delivery workers that Mayor Adams announced last year.

March 1, 2024

Friday’s Headlines Have Questions

What's an optimal rebate to get people to buy e-bikes without wasting money on those who were going to buy one anyway?

March 1, 2024

To Recruit Transit Workers, More Than Just Higher Pay Is Needed

Labor shortages continue threatening public transit systems, and a new report adds another layer to the conversation.

February 29, 2024

Talking Headways Podcast: Streets for Skateboards

Aaron Breetwor on skateboards for transportation and designing streets for safer skateboarding.

February 29, 2024

Agencies Need to Use Federal Funding to Buy Land for Transit Oriented Development

Transit agencies do not prioritize transit-adjacent housing development often because they lack funding to acquire land.

February 29, 2024
See all posts