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Urban Sustainability Bike Tour review and pictures

The STL Urban Sustainability Bike Tour took place on August 13, 2005. It's purpose was to promote interest and knowledge of innovative projects in the city addressing the ecological and social sustainability of food, housing, transportation, and recreation.

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The Urban Sustainability Bike Tour, composed by CAMP([search]) co-founder Andy Jones, took roughly 25 bikers across St. Louis to explore sustainable projects happening throughout the city.

The tour began at the Community Arts and Media Project (CAMP), a non-profit project composed of seven grassroots organizations, including the South Side Workshop for Exploring Alternative Technologies (SWEAT), which features a Build-a-Bike program for children. CAMP has received grants from the Kerr Foundation of St. Louis for it’s green-building initiatives, including abundant skylights, soy-based insulation, and a new solar-powered attic fan. For more information on CAMP, visit www.stlcamp.org.

The tour then took the bikers to see a south side house being rehabbed with the use of natural building materials. Earthen plaster, a combination of sand, clay, and chopped straw, is being applied directly to lathe board on the walls of the house, as seen in the picture below. This form of wall construction is a practical alternative to conventional cement and synthetic stucco uses. People have been choosing earthen construction methods because of the significant environmental damage caused by mining operations.
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Urban Sustaubility Bike Tour review and pictures

The next stop was at New Roots Farm, an exciting project that has been realized in just the past year. The farm, located near the Karen House on St. Louis’s north side, grows an incredible range of fruits and vegetables on its’ 1.3 acre plot, and also is home to four chickens. New Roots brings a new ambition to grass-roots economic justice initiatives in St. Louis, as in its’ first year, the farm already supplies 13 households and local food banks with fresh local organic produce.
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The tour then went along the St. Louis Riverfront Trail (http://www.stlbiking.com/Trail-STLriverFront.htm) and ended at the coast guard station, where members of AmeriCorps gave the bikers a historical background of the trail. It’s important to note that while the trail currently has an entrance in North Riverfront Park, there are plans to close that entrance and extend the trail one mile north, leaving no access to the trail on the north side of St. Louis city. Below is a picture of the bike tour at the North Riverfront Park Entrance.
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Urban Sustaubility Bike Tour review and pictures
 
 

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Re: Urban Sustaubility Bike Tour review and pictures

more pictures can be seen in the media gallery. All pictures with a caption containing USBT are from the bike tour.
 

Re: Urban Sustaubility Bike Tour review and pictures

I find it difficult to believe there won't be any access to the North Riverfront trail. Currently there are _two_ parking lots along Riverview: the one with a boat ramp and the one a mile or two south. From what I've heard, access will be _increased_ on the North Side.

Near the Merchant's railroad bridge is a site remembering an Underground Railroad action led by Mary Meachum in which a boatload of Missouri slaves owned by the oppressive Henry Shaw (aside: anything good Shaw did should be credited to his slaves, not to him) crossed the Mississippi for the "free" state of Illinois. Unfortunately Shaw sent large numbers of people to intercept them on the Illinois shore. Anyway, that site is on the North Side and it's supposed to become more accessible.

Is it easy to bike north from the boat ramp parking lot to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge yet? That park that borders Riverview Drive to the west seems to have been closed to vehicles, but it looks like a bike could go there. The only hazard would be crossing Riverview twice (it would be suicide to ride that road on a bike, as most drivers there speed and have road rage).

Another question about biking on the North Side: how do bicyclists get over to Illinois from the old Chain of Rocks Bridge? The main bridge is fine, but the other bridge across the canal is a metal grating. Does the metal wreck the tires of the normal bikes ridden by regular people?
 

Canal Bridge

As for the canal bridge after the Old Chain of Rocks, the metal grating does not damage tires but be very careful when crossing this bridge when it is wet. It is like ice.
 

Riverfront trail

Someone does not know what they are talking about. I have ridden the riverfront trail for years and have heard of no plans to shut off access from north riverfront park. Furthermore the picture shown is one block west of broadway, aprox two ar three miles north of downtown and it is not at the northern entrance to the trail. The northern entrance is in a completly open area and blocking off the entrance would keep numerous other access points north of Maline Creek open. Furthermore the part of the trail west of Riverview drive has been open for about one and a half years now and is closed to vehicular traffic-it was specifically made to carry bicyclists in the final mile up to the bridge. Before people put in dumb comments they need to know what they are talking about.
The comments about the closure of the trail at the northern entrance are idiotic-furthermore the picture shown is not at the north entrance but about 2 to 3 miles north of downtown
 

Re: Re: Urban Sustaubility Bike Tour review and pictures

Closing the northern entrance would be asinine as there are numerous other access points north of Maline Creek. Furthermore the picture shown is not of the northern entrance but one block west of broadway about one and a half miles north of downtown. The part of the trail west of Riverview Blvd was speicfically put in for bikers so they could avoid the dangerous traffic on riverview blvd I've never seen such stupid comments.
 

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