Bi-State Development receives grant funding, bike share education

Efforts will be focused in Social Equity and Inclusion Target Neighborhoods in North and South St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Bi-State Development Research Institute, a non-profit enterprise of Bi-State Development, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to launch a year-long program that will encourage neighborhood organizations to highlight bike sharing for transportation and improved health outcomes.

The Bi-State Development Research Institute will focus its funding in Social Equity and Inclusion Target Neighborhoods, which include seven areas in north St. Louis that lie between Delmar and Natural Bridge and one area to the south covering the Dutchtown/Gravois Park/Marine Villa area. Neighborhood organizational partners include Urban Strategies; LinkSTL; North Newstead Association; Northside Community Housing; St. Louis Association of Community Organizations; Hamilton Heights Neighborhood Organization; West End Neighbors and Thomas Dunn Learning Center.

Approximately $2,500 will be given to each of the eight neighborhood organizations to engage their communities. The grant funding will be used to support a variety of needs, from organizing group rides and teaching residents about bike share, to outreach to sign people up for low-income membership programs. Lime has agreed to provide bikes for free to the neighborhood groups for those events, as well as providing 240 helmets. The organizations will also be collecting survey responses from the neighborhoods to better understand how shared bikes are being used and how to make them even better for residents.

“Many residents in these areas are already taking advantage of this new green, affordable, healthy transportation option,” Liza Farr, Project Manager in Economic Development for Bi-State Development said. “However, there are still many others who don’t know about the program or the low-income membership options available to them.”

The effort to bring dock-free bike share services to St. Louis began in 2014 when Great Rivers Greenway completed a feasibility study and business plan that included extensive community engagement. Bi-State Development led a Bike Share Working Group in the refinement of that plan and identification of implementation options in 2017, which were then transitioned to the City of St. Louis. The City of St. Louis introduced the region’s first bike share programs in April 2018.

On Nov. 15th, the Bike Share Working Group was honored with a 2018 Outstanding Local Government Achievement Award from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGCG). The award recognized the group’s work to bring bike share to the St. Louis region while using an approach that focused on social equity and inclusion.

Comprised of transportation partners, community and advocacy groups, and local residents and neighborhoods, the Bike Share Working Group includes members from:

· Alta Planning + Design
· Barnes-Jewish Hospital
· Big Shark Bicycles
· Bi-State Development
· Bi-State Development Research Institute
· CIC St. Louis
· City of St. Louis
· Citizens for Modern Transit
· Community Builders Network
· Cortex
· Delta Gamma Center
· Development Strategies
· Downtown STL
· East-West Gateway Council of Governments
· Enterprise
· Forest Park Forever
· Gateway Arch Park Foundation
· Great Rivers Greenway
· Green Street
· Koman Group
· Park Central Development
· Parsons Brinckerhoff
· Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis
· Rise Community Development
· Saint Louis University
· Spinnaker Group
· St. Louis County
· Trailnet
· University City
· Urban Strategies
· VeloFix
· Washington University
· West End Neighborhood