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 promote (a culture of) bicycle commuting by addressing barriers built in the environment, policies, and social networks.
From bicycle education to online challenges and private green commuting consultations, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike for your health:
- An adult cyclist typically has a level of fitness equivalent to someone 10 years younger and a life expectancy two years above the average (Paffenbarger, R., et al., 1986 and Department for Transport, 2007)
- Active commuting that incorporates cycling and walking is associated with an overall 11% reduction in cardiovascular risk (Hamer, M., and Y. Chida, 2007)
- A report estimated that Portland, Oregon's regional trail network saves the city approximately $115 million per year in healthcare costs (Beil, K., 2011)
Bike for the environment:
- 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.
- Of all trips (by any mode of transportation), 39% are less than 3 miles, 17% are less than one mileâ€¦ 47% of these short trips are driven (National Household Travel Survey, 2009)
Bike for the economy:
- Estimated health care savings in one year amount to $1,175 per newly active person (Alta Planning and Design, 2012)
- Those who bike to destinations save 56 cents per vehicle mile travelled (Alta Planning and Design, 2012)
- Nationally, biking generates approximately $133 billion in revenue supporting 1.1 million jobs and provides $17.7 billion in federal, state, and local taxes. (Advocacy Advance, 2012)
- While cyclists tend to spend less money per visit (since they can only carry so much), they make more trips, and ultimately spend more money than car drivers per month (Advocacy Advance, 2012)
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
This casual monthly event brings local livability experts to St. Louis city neighborhoods in fun, relaxed settings. Trailnet on Tap is a great forum to learn something new about biking for transportation. Have burning questions about how to plan your route, how to dress professionally on your bike, or rules of the road? Check out our Trailnet on Tap season. 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 while supplies last.
This year’s series will fall on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:00 to 8:30, with dates as follows:
Upcoming Speakers and Locations:
When: Wednesday, September 25, 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Old North Restoration Group
2700 N 14th St.
St Louis, MO 63106
Topic: North of Delmar: Innovation in Biking, Walking, and Art
Join us for an evening with artist Ilene Berman, the creative force behind NODhouse. Learn about her new project, Room13Delmar — a tricycle-based mobile art studio that will travel throughout North St. Louis, inviting any and all residents passing by to participate in the creative process together. By connecting with local businesses in the area to set-up the mobile studio, Berman strives to create an easily-accessible public space where North City residents and workers can connect through creative dialogue, while simultaneously expand our understanding of what is happening "north of Delmar."
Cost: Free! Snacks provided. Beer and wine available for a suggested $4 donation.
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 email@example.com.
When: Wednesday, October 23, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
**Please note this is earlier than usual**
Where: 33 Wine Bar
1913 Park Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
Cost: Presentation is free. $5 suggested donation for reMAKE craft session afterwards. Snacks provided; drinks available for purchase.
Topic: Trailnet on Tap: Bicycle DIY Night!
Join us for this special collaboration with Perennial, a fabulous local non-profit that helps people transform discarded items into cherished resources. Enjoy a presentation on Do-It-Yourself ideas to carry all you need on your commute or joy ride, by Perennial's Executive Director and Founder Jenny Murphy. Stick around for a reMAKE craft session, where Murphy will walk the group through a DIY craft project for your bike!.
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 Coordinator,
at 314-436-1324 ext. 117
Downtown lunch meetings
Join us for brown bag lunch meetings 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
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 prizes as either an individual or a workplace team. 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.
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 wan to learn more about how to ride safely, Trailnet has just the class for you! Trailnet offers hands-on classes on how to ride as visibly, predictably, and safely as possible.
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. For those who want to stick around after class, we will also cover how to change a flat tire.
Note: Bike Smart classes are open to ages 13 and up.
THE LODGE DES PERES
When: Saturday, September 7
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Lodge Des Peres
1050 Des Peres Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63131
Note: This course is open to Lodge Des Peres members ages 13 and up.
Cost: Free for Lodge Des Peres members; pre-registration required.
Brought to you by Great Rivers Greenway
Click here to register - required.
When: Saturday, September 28, 2013
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(4:00 - 5:00 p.m., optional fix-a-flat lesson)
Where: Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association
St. Louis, MO 63110
Note: Bike Smart classes are open to ages 13 and up.
Cost: FREE! But you must register.
Just bring your bike, bike lock, and helmet.
(No helmet? No problem! We will have a helmet available for you to keep).
Brought to you by Missouri Foundation for Health
Click here to register - required.
Click here to download the City of St. Louis Bikeshare Report.
Join us for the 2012 Breakfast for Bikers Series
When: Third Friday of every month
September 20 and October 18
7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Where: Downtown Bicycle Station
1011 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63101
700 Demun Ave.
Clayton, MO 63105
Join Trailnet and fellow cyclists for free coffee and breakfast at the Downtown Bicycle Station and Kaldi’s Clayton-Demun. Register your ride at shiftyourcommute.com. Before the September breakfasts, ride in with Trailnet CEO Ann Mack to work up your appetite. Follow @annrmack on Twitter for coffee shop pickup locations along the route.
Kaldi’s Clayton-Demun breakfasts sponsored by the American Lung Association