Seeking applications for Citizen and Business Advisory Committee

Is St. Louis ready to join the ranks of other U.S. cities with bike share systems such as Washington D.C., New York and Denver? The Great Rivers Greenway District –along with partners at St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Metro and others –is getting ready to find out.

In December, the District issued a request for qualifications to find a consultant to lead a comprehensive feasibility study to determine whether or not the region is ready for a phased bike share system. In January, Alta Planning + Design was selected to lead the study.

Bike Share Systems enable people to rent and return bicycles for a short term using a network of automated kiosks and/or programmed bicycles. Trips taken are typically thirty minutes or less. The shared bicycles are specially designed in a way that deters theft and vandalism.

“The time is right to explore a bike share program in St. Louis,” says Elizabeth Simons, assistant project manager at Great Rivers Greenway. “Based on the rise of commuter cycling in St. Louis—along with the feedback we are receiving from the community—there appears to be a pent-up demand for a bike share system. That’s why we are eager to launch the study.”

According to Simons, Alta Planning + Design will oversee several tasks including assessing feasibility, system planning, site planning and preparation of a final report with their analysis and conclusions.

“As we do with all Great Rivers Greenway projects, we will seek input and comment from area residents and other stakeholders,” says Simons. “In this case, we are establishing a Citizen and Business Advisory Committee (CBAC) to help us gather information.”

Applications are now being accepted from interested citizens who wish to serve on the CBAC and provide input on several key aspects of the St. Louis Bike Share Plan.

“We would like a representative sample of interested citizens from the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County. We also want to have representation from businesses and business districts.”

For more information on the St. Louis Bike Share Plan Citizen and Business Advisory Committee Application, or to submit an application, please click here. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, March 31, 2014 at 5 p.m.