In 2009, Clayton partnered with the neighboring municipalities of Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights to create a Bikeable Walkable Communities Plan. The Master Plan is a coordinated effort to provide safe and convenient travel options in and around these communities. View the plan here.
"Providing a safe, interconnected network of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure can improve community health, reduce harmful auto emissions, increase transportation choices while reducing automobile traffic congestion, generate economic benefits for residents and businesses, foster a greater sense of community, and increase quality of life."
-Brentwood, Clayton, Maplewood and Richmond Heights Bikeable Walkable Communities Plan
Clayton... the walkable communityWith four business districts and nine parks in 2 1/2 square miles, Clayton residents can literally walk to work, to shop, to dine and to play.
Walking is an activity that is essential to the health of our community, our environment and ourselves. Pedestrians enliven the streets of Clayton, reduce automobile traffic congestion and improve public health from increased physical activity. Clayton businesses benefit from the foot traffic in this vibrant walkable community. Read Pedestrian Tips and Laws here.
Clayton... the bikeable community
The City of Clayton has been working with the Great Rivers Greenway District on the Centennial Greenway project, as well as the Bike St. Louis on-street bicycle accommodation project. Bike St. Louis routes are incorporated into this greenway project and will interconnect the greenway and on-road facilities to make connections to parks and transit centers in our area.
"The new Bike St. Louis on-street routes underscore the importance of raising awareness that cars and bikes can co-exist harmoniously in our communities," said Linda Goldstein, Mayor of Clayton. To emphasize the Bike St. Louis routes, the City of Clayton has partnered with the Great Rivers Greenway on a banner program that promotes the benefits of cycling. For more information, visit Great Rivers Greenway District or Bike St. Louis.
The Clayton portion of the greenway corridor, which is a priority project, is located on the Citizens for Modern Transit right-of-way and provides Clayton with a greenway connection to the main corridor. Critical routes envisioned in the Bike St. Louis Plan connect Forest Park, the Clayton Central Business District (CBD), Shaw Park and the MetroLink stations at Forsyth and Central via on-road facilities. These connections are noted in the City of Clayton's Landscape Master Plan for improved accessibility in the City.
Clayton's bike routes are designed to make it easy for people to bike the entire distance to work, shopping or recreation destinations. Alternatively, people may bike to a MetroLink station or MetroBus stop, where for the standard Metro fare, they can transport their bike to their destination at no extra charge. Bike carriers are available on all MetroBus vehicles in St. Louis City and County, and riders may transport their bikes in designated cars of MetroLink trains.
Bus, Light Rail & ParaTransitEver wish you had more time to yourself to read, work, meet people or relax? Riding public transit gives you all of these opportunities with the added benefits of keeping our air clean, saving you money on automobile maintenance, insurance and fuel and eliminating the hassle of fighting traffic or searching for a parking space.
In August 2006, the City of Clayton celebrated the opening of the Cross County Extension of MetroLink, the region's light rail system. As part of the City's aggressive campaign to promote the use of Metro multi-modal transportation to reduce pollution, Clayton businesses are encouraged to participate in the Partial Expense Reduction for Commuters (PERC) program. The program promotes the use of mass transit by offering benefits to businesses and their employees. Clayton is one of the first cities to be part of this program. The City subsidizes passes to encourage its employees to ride Metro. Since the program operates on a pre-tax basis, it benefits employees by reducing their taxable income and their out-of-pocket cost for transit. It saves employers money by reducing payroll taxes and payroll tax liability. It also reduces employers' costs for employee parking and reduces absenteeism and tardiness. Everyone benefits by reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and conserving energy by encouraging employees to commute using transit.
For more information, visit Metro Transit.