At the corner of 10th and Locust Streets is the proposed site of a public commuter bicycle station in downtown St. Louis. There, someone who bikes to work can rent a locker, store their bike, and shower before going to the office.
Advocates say the availability of a public commuter station would encourage more people to bike to work while taking cars off the roads, freeing up parking spots, and encouraging exercise.
Chicago currently runs a commuter bike station, downtown: http://www.chicagobikestation.com/
Seattle offers bike sharing and commuter options: www.bikestation.org/seattle/index.asp
A spokesperson for the St. Louis mayor's office says the city has worked on the idea for about six months.
St. Louis has $3.7 million in federal stimulus money that has to be used for energy conservation projects. Initially, the city planned to apply to use $225,000 for the public bike station (all projects have to be approved by the Department of Energy). However, Kara Bowlin of Mayor Francis Slay's office said that number has changed though the city is not ready to release another number because the details have not been finalized.
The St. Louis Bicycle Federation referred me to a developer with Brady Capitol who tells me that he'd like to see groundbreaking on the project by this fall.
St. Louis has to spend its stimulus funding by July 2012.