The Calm Streets Project Launches in St. Louis
St. Louis is about to get its first "Calm Street," as a result of Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant funding awarded to the region and expected for approval by the East West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) Board of Directors.
Jacqueline Lumsden reports on the Calm Street project, which will be implemented in St. Louis "along Louisiana Avenue from Gravois to Meramec, connecting Benton Park West, Gravois Park, and Dutchtown."
Lumsden also defines the calm street concept: "Calm Streets are streets with low motorized traffic volumes and speed, that provide safe and accessible routes for walking and biking. These routes are important to the City of St. Louis as we continue to promote a robust multimodal transportation system that supports users of all abilities and ages." An additional benefit of Calm Streets cited by Lumsden: economic development and neighborhood re-investment.
The article goes into a lot more detail about the project, which includes branding and some schematics of proposed street reconfigurations on Louisiana Avenue.