Balanced Needs of Automobile Access with Pedestrian/Bicycle Users
Transportation Systems Designed for the Park Setting
Extensive Stakeholder Engagement
Special Event Traffic Management
Comprehensive Multimodal Analysis
Several Recommendations Implemented or Programmed for Construction
Forest Park has been transformed by over $100 million of improvements in the past decade, resulting in a resurgence of its popularity. The result is a vibrant regional attraction with more than 12 million annual visitors. This success is straining the Park’s access, circulation, and parking facilities.
CBB created a plan to address the park’s multimodal systems and facilitate collaboration amongst a wide range of stakeholders including the City of St. Louis, the Park’s Institutions (e.g., St. Louis Zoo), Forest Park Forever; neighborhood groups adjacent to the park, and organizers of special events that are held within the park (e.g., Balloon Race).
The development of the plan took a holistic view of the Park’s infrastructure and systems as they relate to transportation. It included a comprehensive data collection effort including more than 50 traffic counts, extensive parking surveys, a walkability/bikeability audit, transit analysis, an in-park user survey, and demographic reviews. This effort also included more than 20 interviews with the Park’s stakeholders.
The resulting recommendations promote what is best for the park as a whole, while taking into account the needs of the Park’s individual institutions and activities.There were four primary recommendations:
Develop a Comprehensive Way-finding System
Develop a Park-wide “Concierge Service”
Enhance the Forest Park Shuttle
Complete the Dual Path System (bicycle/pedestrian)
The enhanced shuttle and the dual path system have been implemented, and the way-finding signing is scheduled to be implemented in 2014.