Sept 30, Day 2 of Association of Pedestrian and Bicycling Professionals Conference: The scattered showers of Tuesday cleared and the sun brought a hug of warmth to the otherwise brisk day. Despite a forecast for 82 degrees, it was a rain-weighted 68 degrees at 9:30 AM when the group hustled out for a 9:38 AM train heading East across the Mississippi. A 25 minute train ride and then a 20 minute bike ride took us to Cahokia Mounds, an amazing site which was a city larger than London in AD 1250.
For the afternoon, a large group from the conference got the chance to explore some of the new 100 miles of striped bike lanes that Bike St. Louis along with Trailnet has been creating and hear from the diligent bike planner who made sure every painted bike icon was placed outside of the door zone. The tour took us through the city and ended (two stops early) at the Urban Chestnut Brewery.
A friend from grad school saw I was on the list of attendees for the conference and forwarded me an invite to the Adventure Cycling gathering happening last Wednesday night. After riding about 25 miles around St. Louis, I felt almost qualified to be amongst the attendees. Hearing about their great tours and initiatives inspired me to get more involved and take my own family on some of these trips once our daughter gets big enough.
Perhaps the best part of the day was seeing and learning about St. Louis BWorks. In a refurbished stable, this awesome program has the Bicycle Project (teaching kids how to fix up bikes and giving them a bike at the end), the Byte Project (teaching computer literacy to the community) and the Book Project (where kids spend 10 weeks learning how to draft, write, edit and illustrate stories that get published in a book). What an awesome awesome day!