Wildwood staff directors and city council members at Monday's city council meeting ratified a regional Gateway Bike Plan designed to create more "complete streets" and to increase overall safety.
The stated vision of the plan was to "create a bicycle component to the regional transportation network that accommodates all users and promotes consistent design and development of bicycle facilities." Its mission is to "increase the number of people using bicycles for transportation while reducing the number of crashes involving bicycles."
A public hearing about the topic was held in Wildwood earlier this month. See related coverage for complete details: Gateway Bike Plan Endorsed by Wildwood
The project manager of this bike plan happens to be Wildwood resident Paul Wojciechowski, who represents Alta Planning+Design.
The Gateway Bike Plan is a result of a collaborative effort between the Great Rivers Greenway District, Missouri Department of Transportation, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, Metro, numerous municipalities, St. Louis and St. Charles counties, St. Louis and Trailnet. The Gateway Bike Plan provides a long-term vision for providing a connected system of on-road bicycle routes between communities, transit, greenways and trails.
The plan was completed in August 2011, and covers St. Louis County, St. Louis, and the urbanized communities of St. Charles County.
Although Wildwood terrain is attractive to area bicyclists, not all Wildwood residents desire to increase their presence on what they deem curvy, narrow and dangerous roadways. See related coverage: Not Everyone Wants Bicyclists on Wildwood Roads