Calm Streets are streets with low motorized traffic volumes and speed, that create safe and accessible routes for walking and biking. These routes are important within the transportation network of St. Louis to encourage active transportation for both mode of commute, as well as for recreation. CBB recently completed the conceptual design and plan for the pilot Calm Streets project in the City of St. Louis, on Louisiana Avenue.
The City of St. Louis works every day to plan, design and implement facilities that promote safe and accessible travel for users for all abilities and ages. As such, implementing a Calm Streets Network in the City promotes the vision for encouraging walking and biking. The project began in 2014 as a partnership between the City of St. Louis and Trailnet, and many other involved stakeholders to develop the vision for a Calm Streets network, and establish pilot routes for planning.
CBB was hired in 2016 to complete the pilot route plan, as well as conceptual level designs for the defined route on Louisiana Avenue from Meramec to Cherokee, in South St. Louis. The plan details typical treatments used on these types of facilities: bumpouts, traffic circles, speed humps, intersection pavement markings, stop sign removal and environmental plantings, as well as best practices for design and implementation. Also included in the plan is a 1-mile concept design that uses these traffic calming tools, strategically placed throughout the corridor according to best practices, for future design and implementation. Following the planning and conceptual design, CBB prepared a successful Transportation Alternative Grant (TAP) application, for $1-million to construct and implement the Louisiana Calm Streets Plan. Moving forward, the Louisiana Plan, serves as a toolkit for implementing a Calm Streets network in St. Louis that safely connects bikes and pedestrians better with their neighborhoods, while enhancing sense of place and promoting community development.