Cyclists traveling near the Delmar Loop are encouraged to
avoid the recently installed Loop Trolley tracks and take a newly
marked bike route.
The route starts at Delmar Boulevard and Eastgate Avenue,
and travels west along Enright Avenue to Ackert Walkway. From there, cyclists
may take the Centennial Greenway to campus or continue west to Kingsland
Avenue. The route also runs south of the Loop along Loop South from the Centennial
Greenway to Kingsland Avenue.
The route will be marked in the upcoming weeks with signs
and painted “sharrows,” alerting drivers to bike traffic.
The tracks can be a challenge to negotiate,
said Cheryl Adelstein, assistant vice chancellor for community relations
and local government affairs at Washington University in St. Louis. Cyclists
who drift into the trolley tracks may damage their wheels or get thrown from
“Washington University and University City are working
together to make sure that our students, and the larger St. Louis community,
can get to and around the Loop as safely as possible,” Adelstein said. “The new
route is both a safe and convenient way to access the Loop.”
The trolley, which will connect University City to Forest
Park, is scheduled to start service later this year.
Cyclists who ride on Delmar should:
Cross trolley tracks at a 90 degree angle
Brake slowly if tire gets caught in the track.
Do not hit the brake or attempt to turn out of the track