Save Tower Grove Ave: A Neighborhood Meeting

Update: Slides from the January 26 Southwest Garden Neighborhood Association meeting described below are here.

Below is an update which was posted to the Save Tower Grove Avenue petition page about an upcoming neighborhood association meeting.  Please join us if you can – your voice will be invaluable. Read more ›

Posted in Advocacy and Opinion, Tower Grove Ave

Petition Update

Our petition requesting bike lanes on Tower Grove Avenue has received over 640+ signatures and local TV coverage.  More than 230 people shared their thoughts on why a safe Tower Grove Avenue is important to them, and the comments make for compelling reading (see below).

Update: Alderman Conway opposes City proposal for Tower Grove Avenue.

We shared the petition signatures and comments, together with the conclusions from a recent SafeTGA meeting, with Alderman Conway, who represents many of the petition signers.  Here’s what we learned.

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Why a Safe Tower Grove Ave is Important to Me: Sonia Emmons

We asked local bicyclists to share their stories of why a safe Tower Grove Avenue is important to them.  Here Sonia Emmons offers her perspective.

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Posted in Advocacy and Opinion, Tower Grove Ave

SafeTGA Meeting: A Report

On October 9 SafeTGA hosted a meeting for bicyclists and neighbors to discuss the closure of Kingshighway, the City’s plans for cycling on Tower Grove Avenue, and alternative options. The eighteen attendees included residents from the Shaw, Tower Grove South, and Southwest Garden neighborhoods, as well as parents of City Garden Montessori students. Present also were the Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation and 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie.

Following the presentation and an informative debate, the attendees unanimously voted their preference that buffered bike lanes be installed on Tower Grove Avenue before Kingshighway closes, as specified in the Bike St. Louis Phase III plan. The City proposal was widely seen as inappropriate and unsafe, and the attendees agreed that keeping Tower Grove Avenue unchanged is better than the City plan.

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Posted in Advocacy and Opinion, Tower Grove Ave

SafeTGA Meeting Oct 9: Bicycling TGA when Kingshighway closes

What will happen to cycling on Tower Grove Avenue when Kingshighway closes for a year and a half this winter to rebuild a bridge?  Tower Grove Avenue is the busiest bicycling route in St. Louis, but the upcoming closure of Kingshighway threatens to send a lot of traffic down its narrow lanes.  The City’s current plan poses real problems for cyclists, but viable alternative solutions exist. (Details here.)

On the evening of Thursday, October 9 we will host a meeting for bicyclists, as well as supporters of city cycling, to discuss and get feedback on the upcoming closure, the City’s proposal, safety concerns for riders, and possible solutions.  Join us at UIC (1607 Tower Grove Avenue) Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  (Note the updated location.)  Register here to get updates and additional info.

Posted in Advocacy and Opinion, Tower Grove Ave

Streets Announcement Regarding Tower Grove Avenue

The Streets Department has released plans for Tower Grove Avenue from Magnolia to Shaw during the Kingshighway construction. From https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/street/index.cfm
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SafeTGA ride on Broadway

Sunday September 21 we’ll be riding South Broadway to experience and document the new bike infrastructure installed as part of Bike St. Louis Phase 3.  Come join us!

We will start at Hartford Coffee Company (Hartford and Roger) at 11am and swing by The Handlebar (Manchester in The Grove) at 11:15 or so before heading east to South Broadway.  The ride will be leisurely with plenty of stops, and the perspective and feedback of all cyclists will be appreciated.

In case of rain we’ll post updates here and on Twitter (#SafeTGA).

Posted in Infrastructure Review

Kingshighway and TGA: An Update from the City

In early 2015 Kingshighway will close for a year and a half, and resulting traffic threatens to disrupt cycling on Tower Grove Avenue, a key bicycle corridor. Previously,

Happily, we received another response.   On behalf of Great Rivers Greenway and the City of St. Louis, Emma Klues writes,
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Posted in Advocacy and Opinion, Tower Grove Ave

Cycling TGA when Kingshighway Closes: Our Response to City Plans

Last week we wrote about cycling hazards on Tower Grove Avenue when Kingshighway closes for a year and a half.  We are pleased to have heard back from Emma Klues, Communications Director for Great Rivers Greenway.  Emma wrote the following on behalf of Bike St. Louis partners Great Rivers Greenway and the City of St. Louis:

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Posted in Advocacy and Opinion, Tower Grove Ave

What Will Happen to Cyclists when Kingshighway Closes?

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Tower Grove Avenue. The road, mapped above with colored lines, runs north from Tower Grove Park to the Cortex District and the Central West End.  The South Kingshighway Viaduct, highlighted in red, is being rebuilt.  In this post we are focusing on southern Tower Grove Avenue (blue and green sections above) when Kingshighway closes.  (Click map for details.)

UpdateYou can find the latest details about the City’s proposal for Tower Grove Avenue here, and a petition to voice your concerns here.

In the Fall of 2014 a section of Kingshighway Boulevard – a major St. Louis arterial – will close for a year and a half to rebuild a bridge, and a lot of cars will need to find alternative routes. What will happen to cyclists on Tower Grove Avenue, a principal north/south cycling corridor a half mile to the east? The City has in its hands plans to build bike lanes which would preserve bicycle safety on this route, but those plans are being scrapped to maximize traffic flow – no matter the cost to the road’s cyclists, pedestrians, and neighborhoods.
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Posted in Advocacy and Opinion, Tower Grove Ave