Here’s a nice milestone: Downtown St. Louis has its first protected bike lane.
Alex Ihnen at nextSTL posted video of a ride along the one-way lane from end to end, along Chestnut Street. The protected segment is separated from motor vehicle traffic by a parking lane, painted buffer, and flex posts. The remainder is a painted buffered lane with parking on the right and thru lanes on the left.
Ihnen says it’s a good first step toward a protected bike lane network.
A few thoughts from the ride:
- The protected bike lane is fantastic, making a huge difference in the feeling of safety when riding downtown
- A west bound protected lane is needed next (Pine, Olive?)
- Bike lanes aren’t much use if they’re littered with glass and debris (Olive, Jefferson)
- A protected bike lane on Chouteau (LOTS of extra room there) would provide a great connection to/from The Arch, Soulard, Lafayette Square, The Gate District, Shaw, The Grove, Forest Park, and connected neighborhoods
- Jefferson Avenue bike lane badly needs repainting – a protected lane would be amazing
Check out more coverage of the Chestnut Street lane from St. Louis native Tom Fucoloro at Seattle Bike Blog. “If you had said a few weeks ago that kids would be biking comfortably on a downtown St. Louis street, people would have thought you were crazy,” writes Fucoloro. “That’s the power of protected bike lanes, and the change can happen overnight.”
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