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St. Louis to Get 100 Miles of Additional, Upgraded Bike Lanes

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A map provided by the Great Rivers Greenway District shows new (purple) and existing (blue) bike routes in the area.

A map provided by the Great Rivers Greenway District shows new (purple) and existing (blue) bike routes in the area.

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - St. Louis! Get ready to bike your heart out.

A hundred miles of expanded or upgraded bicycle routes are planned for St. Louis. It’s an expansion of the partnership between the City and Great Rivers Greenway.

Todd Antoine, Great Rivers Greenway Planning Director, says in some cases, there’ll just be markings instructing drivers to share the roads, in others, there’ll be striped bike lanes on the side, and still others will get what are called buffered bike lanes.

Those protected bike lanes, on wider, more heavily traveled north-south routes, will be separated either by a barrier or by several feet of space. Antoine says roads like Broadway, and South and North Grand will be the first to get these protected lanes.

“We can provide a little bit more space in between the park cars as well as the cars in the driving lane,” he said.

The $1.1 million price tag is being paid for by a federal grant. Now Great Rivers is currently accepting public feedback before getting started.

Antoine says this is phase three of the Bike St. Louis project, which began in 2004 and covers 84 miles of road in the city and county.

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