Mayor Francis G. Slay, the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, the Downtown CID and Loftworks today announced that the funding is finalized to create the region's first public commuter bike center.
The public Downtown Bike Center will offer cyclists a place to secure their bike, store their bike gear, and shower before coming to work. The City anticipates these services will be available late this Fall for a monthly fee.
The public Downtown Bike Center will use 1300 square feet of the ground floor of the 1011 Locust Street building, which is owned by Loftworks. The building that will house the bike station is right downtown, located on the northwest corner of Locust and Tenth Streets, and is within two blocks of a Metrolink station. The building has been restored using Historic Tax Credits, and is on track to obtain LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council.
The City of St. Louis applied for a Federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the Department of Energy to specifically fund this project. These funds were designated for energy-saving projects, and had to be approved by the Department of Energy. From the grant the City received, $181,600 will cover the costs to buy the lockers, interior bike racks, and fund the operational costs of the Downtown Bike Center's first two years. The Downtown Community Improvement District and other partners will provide additional funding.
"We are building a City that provides an attractive way of life. After World War II, the car was a symbol of freedom. For some people today, it is just the opposite," said Mayor Slay. "We look forward to working with the Downtown St. Louis CID and Loftworks to ensure the long-term success of this public bike center and the City's cycling initiative."
"This project will help cement Downtown as a walkable, livable neighborhood where you can rely on alternatives to the car," said Maggie Campbell, Partnership President and CEO. "We are thrilled to be working with the community to realize this sustainable investment."
"Since vehicle emissions contribute about a third of the Greenhouse Gasses into the environment, we wanted to use these ARRA Stimulus funds to promote an alternative mode of transportation," said Catherine Werner, the City's Sustainability Director. "By enabling St. Louis commuters to choose cycling as an affordable and attractive option, the City is demonstrating its commitment to being a healthy and sustainable community."
For more information about the Downtown Bike Center, please contact Shuntae Shields Ryan at (314) 436-6500 x240. To schedule interviews, please contact Kara Bowlin, Press Secretary to Mayor Slay at (314) 622-3479.