Pedal past the pumps and TravelGreen!
The TravelGreen program promotes commuter cycling and increases awareness of cycling safety in the St. Louis region. Trailnet will work with your business, community, or university to address the built environment, policies, and social networks in order to promote bicycle commuting among individuals. The TravelGreen program will identify and engage a strong cycling contingent—those who are ready to change old behaviors and shift gears toward a new and healthier commute on a daily basis. Interested in getting your business, community, or university to TravelGreen?& Contact email@example.com.
- The average person loses 13 lbs. their first year of commuting by bike.
- Just three hours of bicycling per week can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.
- A 140-pound cyclist burns 508 calories while pedaling 14 miles in an hour.
Bike for your health:
- The U.S. could save 462 million gallons of gasoline a year by increasing cycling from 1% to 1.5% of all trips.
- Each U.S. rush-hour auto commuter spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic.
- In 2003, cars stalled in traffic wasted 5 billion gallons of fuel.
Bike for the environment:
- In 1964, 50% of kids rode to school and the obesity rate was 12%... In 2004, 3% rode to school and the obesity rate was 45%.
- Between 1960 and today the average weight of a 6-11 year old has increased 11 pounds.
Bike for the future:
- 60% of the pollution created by automobile emissions happens in the first few minutes of operation, before pollution control devices can work effectively.
- 25% of all trips are made within a mile of the home, 40% of all trips are made within two miles of the home, and 50% of the working population commutes five miles or less to work.
Bike for five miles or less:
*Statistics from Trek Bicycle Corporation’s advocacy division, retrieved from 1world2wheels.org.
Encouraging Businesses to TravelGreen
Trailnet’s TravelGreen program helps you implement sustainable business practices by addressing the workplace environment, individuals, and the social support needed to promote active transportation among your employees.
TravelGreen tailors programs that specifically cater to the needs, geography, and culture of individual businesses.
Successful solutions have included:
- Office champion taskforce
- Individual and workplace incentives
- Goal setting and evaluations
- Route planning
- Car-free Fridays or bike to work days
- Carpool matching
- Multimodal demonstrations and education
- Educational lunch and learn sessions
- Bike mentorship programs
- Office-wide challenges
- Social media outreach
- Guaranteed ride home program
- Car-sharing discounts
- Program sustainability plan
Trailnet on Tap
It’s time to gear up for the 2013 Trailnet on Tap series! This casual monthly event brings local livability experts to St. Louis city neighborhoods in fun, relaxed settings. It’s a time to bring the bicycling community together to network and address issues related to livability in St. Louis. Topics are submitted by neighborhood associations and individuals from throughout St. Louis.
Trailnet on Tap is held in a different city neighborhood each month, making it easy for people from all over to get involved. Snacks are provided and drinks will be available for purchase. All attendees receive a free custom-made TravelGreen T-shirt.
This year’s series will fall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:00 to 8:30, with dates as follows: January 23, March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25, and October 23 (November and December TBA due to the holidays).
Please note: For February, Trailnet will be hosting a political forum in lieu of Trailnet on Tap. Details to come.
Upcoming Speakers and Locations:
When: January 23, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Café Ventana
3919 West Pine
St. Louis, MO 63108
Topic: Biking on a Budget
Urban Shark manager Jason Torbitzky will present on how to bike commute while pinching pennies. Essential, yet affordable gear will be showcased, including some winter items. This is a great session for everyone, whether you already bike commute or are interested in how to get started.
February: Stay tuned for details on Trailnet’s Political Candidate Forum!
When: March 27, 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Gramophone
4243 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Topic: The River Ring Trail System
Speakers from Great Rivers Greenway will present on the exciting things to come for the St. Louis area River Ring trail system. They will cover what has already been built, what is currently under construction, and plans for the future of the River Ring. Whether you bike commute or go for family weekend rides, this session will address how connecting our trails will benefit the region.
When: April 24, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Sasha’s on Shaw
4069 Shaw Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Topic: A Bold Vision for Biking in St. Louis
Trailnet CEO Ann Mack will present a Bold Vision for Biking in St. Louis. This presentation is a call to action to get St. Louis on the list of most livable U.S. cities – and how important bicycling is in making that goal a reality. Whether you drive, bike, or take Metro to your destinations, this session will provide fresh perspectives on how to improve and revitalize the city we call home.
Get your neighborhood involved!
Communities are safer when more people are out walking and biking. We’re always eager to bring Trailnet on Tap to new neighborhoods. If you’d like your neighborhood association to host a session, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of Arch Women is to empower the women of St. Louis through active transportation. We provide a safe, non-judgmental space to address any and all barriers that prevent women from biking, walking, or using public transit to get from point A to point B. Whether you want to start biking to the grocery store once a week, or start biking to work every day, AW is here to help you figure out how to get started.
At AW meetings, there is no such thing as a dumb question, and no expectations for athletic ability. There is, however, an abundance of support, advice, and social opportunities to help you get out of your car.
Contact: Molly Pearson, TravelGreen Program Assistant, at 314-436-1324 ext. 117
Downtown lunch meetings
Join us for a brown bag lunch on the 3rd Wednesday of each month to talk bikes! Read More
Neighborhood rides & happy hours
Explore the neighborhoods of St. Louis and end the night with a drink among a group of likeminded women! Read More
Have any burning questions about bike commuting but are too afraid to ask? You’ve come to the right place. Read More
SYC February Challenge
By the time February rolls around, many of us are sick and tired of the cold. This year, show winter who’s boss by biking to work! Log your miles at shiftyourcommute.com for Trailnet’s February Challenge.
There are plenty of good reasons for biking in February:
- More room on the bike racks
- Keep up momentum on those New Year’s resolutions
- Prevent end-of-winter cabin fever
- Daylight hours begin to increase in February
- Exercise is a great mood booster, and an easy way to beat the winter blues
- February has the second lowest precipitation of the year... So rain and snow are no excuse!
- Cold weather biking gear starts going on sale
And of course, just like our September Challenge, the individual and workplace winners get prizes!
Bike trips that count on Shift Your Commute should be for transportation to work, not leisure rides. Please note that you must log your miles by February 28, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. It’s easiest to keep up if you log everyday you ride. For days that you do not work (President's Day, out sick, or vacation), make sure to select "Not a work day" to avoid lowering your commute rate. If you have any other questions on rules, email email@example.com.
This is a great time to get your coworkers to join shiftyourcommute.com. They will have a better idea of what Trailnet is all about if you bring them to our first 2013 Trailnet on Tap on Wednesday, January 23 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Café Ventana (3919 West Pine St., 63108).
For more information about Trailnet on Tap and the dates of events, visit http://trailnet.org/events/trailnet-on-tap.
Shift Your Commute
Pedal past the pumps and TravelGreen! The more cyclists on the road, the safe and healthier it is for everyone.
Log your miles to learn your carbon emissions saved and calories burned, while helping Trailnet track bicycle commuting in St. Louis.
Join our February and September bike to work challenges! Log your miles for a chance to win a prize as either an individual or a workplace team. Trips on your bike trips that count on Shift Your Commute should be transportation trips, not leisure rides. Please note that you must log your miles by 8:00 pm on the last day of the month.
Downtown Bicycle Station
The City of St. Louis presents the region’s first full-service bike commuter facility! Begin your day with a healthy, environmentally friendly commute to work. The Downtown Bicycle Station offers secure 20-hour access and features more than 100 bike racks, showers and locker rooms, ideal for cyclists commuting to work or looking to exercise on their lunch break.
For more information and to become a member, visit www.downtownbicyclestation.org.
Want to bike more but don’t feel comfortable doing so? Do you ride regularly, but would like to fine tune your riding skills? Whether you are considering commuting to work by bike or simply want to learn more about how to ride safely, Trailnet has just the class for you! Trailnet will be offering a 5-hour hands-on class on how to ride as visibly, predictably, and safely as possible. The class will also include some basic bike maintenance such as changing a flat tire, adjusting derailleurs, and adjusting brakes.
The class will be led by a League of American Bicyclists certified cycling instructor (www.bikeleague.org) and will cover what to check on your bike before a ride, riding safely in traffic, common avoidance maneuvers, and much more! Our goal is to build your confidence to be able to ride in any situation.
Cost: FREE- sponsored by Great Rivers Greenway
Friday, September 7
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Lodge Des Peres
1050 Des Peres Rd.
Des Peres, MO 63131
Registration will be through Lodge Des Peres. Click here to register
Questions? Contact Rachel at 314-436-1324 x141 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bike Smart ala carte
Bike Smart ala carte is an opportunity to learn how to ride a bike safely and comfortably in a city setting. Like Trailnet's three-hour group Bike Smart classes, Bike Smart ala carte is based on the national League of American Bicyclists' road safety curriculum and is taught by League Certified Instructors.
The ala carte option allows students to study the classroom portion at their own convenience online, which takes 3 to 4 hours. When they have finished (and passed) the four online tests, they can set an appointment to complete the 60-minute on-road part of the class one-on-one with a League Certified Instructor.
The online portion of the class is free, and the appointment with the instructor is $25, and includes a book, Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101, by the Leagues of American Bicyclists.
If you are interested in Bike Smart ala carte, the first step will be to register and look over the curriculum. You can begin studying it for free at any time. The curriculum is being hosted by the City of Houston and they are providing their own classes. The information about classes DOES NOT refer to our classes (sorry if this is confusing!).
If you want to complete the class and take the on-road part of the class, you'll have to take the tests and send a screenshot of your results as proof that you passed to Marielle at Trailnet. You'll also need to register for one-on-one time with one of our instructors. All of those appointments will be on Wednesday mornings at Citygarden downtown. You will need to bring your own bike and helmet.
If you are interested in becoming Traffic Skills 101 certified, contact Marielle.
To register for one on one time with one of our instructors click the date of your choice.
2012 Bike/Walk Counts Report
Click here to download the 2012 Bike/Walk Count Report.
City of St. Louis Bikeshare Report
Click here to download the City of St. Louis Bikeshare Report.
Breakfast for Bikers
Join us for the 2012 Breakfast for Bikers Series
Join Trailnet for our 3rd annual series of Breakfast for Bikers! Convince a co-worker to join you when biking to work and promise, if he or she does, you’ll spring for breakfast (it’s free, provided by Trailnet!).
Register your trip as an individual or as a member of your office team on Trailnet’s shiftyourcommute.com website where you can track your carbon emissions saved and calories burned.
Even if you can’t convince your co-worker to ride in with you, Breakfast for Bikers is the perfect place to meet other people who bike to work downtown. And if you’re not already a member, it’s an easy way to fit in a tour of the Downtown Bicycle Station.
When: Third Friday of every month, beginning April 20, 2012. Subsequent dates are July 20, August 17, September 21, and October 19.
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Where: Downtown Bicycle Station
1011 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63101
We have added a new location
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Where: Kaldi's on DeMun
700 De Mun Ave.
Clayton, MO 63105