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Old 11-21-05, 02:09 PM   #1
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hello Saint Louis??

I am going to be in Saint Louis visiting the family for Thanksgiving. I am really unfamiliar with the city seeing as that they moved there after I left home.

How in the biking in the city? Is it worth it for me to bring my bike? I have noticed that the weather is supposed to be quite nice, it would be a shame not to ride for the time I am there.
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I'm not in St. Louis but I would say take your bike. The downtown area is nice if you haven't been there and you can go to the Arch and along the river.

Take your bike!
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...just stay away from East St Louis. You'll know you're there when you start getting shot at.
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...I am not positive on this. But I think that I would also notice when a crossed a large river.

For whatever reason, my car seems to have some undying urge to get flat tires in East Saint Louis.
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they have put a lot of work into restoring their velodrome Penrose Park this year.
there is also a really long network of paved bike paths that go along the river.
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It has been a several years since i've been back but i grew up in the area. Id say take the bike. It depends on where in STL you are going, but there is good riding along the river, in forest park and if you want to go on a scenic ride, go to the illinois side of the mississippi river and ride along the river road.
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I grew up in STL and I would say that out west in the burbs is not a bike friendly place. I think they are/have been putting in some bike lanes, but overall not that safe. Down town and forest park would be fine, and a cool way to see the city. Also the Katie Trail goes from St.Louis to KC, so geting some miles on that would be cool.
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My parents now live right next to forest park near University City. It is my impression that it would be a short ride across the park and to downtown. I have ridden in sort of the surrounding rural areas a lot with my dad. I was mostly interested in knowing what riding around the city would be like.
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My parents now live right next to forest park near University City. It is my impression that it would be a short ride across the park and to downtown. I have ridden in sort of the surrounding rural areas a lot with my dad. I was mostly interested in knowing what riding around the city would be like.
Hi, I'm from st. louis originally and will be back there on wed night. My ride home probably won't let me squeeze my bike in his little car for the trip back though. Anways, it'll be a short ride from U-City to the park (Forest Park) and downtown. You should ride around the park once just to see it (~6 miles I think). I would be careful about riding on Kingshighway. People drive like maniacs and lanes magically appear and disappear. Oh and if you go east on Delmar pedal really fast and don't stop at any of the 'chop suey' restaurants. I bought a car for cheap next to a blood bank on that street once. The man insisted I pay cash....hmmm....

The downtown area is usually completely empty on non-work days, but I believe there is a thanksgiving parade on market street. Look for the Continental Building just west of the downtown area. It's tall, white, and by SLU. It also has the only blimp dock in st. louis on its roof I think its the prettiest building in the city.

Also don't get between any Lexus SUV's and the Galleria on the day after thanksgiving.

On a side note, this is my first post in the forum. Hello world.
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I grew up in STL and I would say that out west in the burbs is not a bike friendly place. I think they are/have been putting in some bike lanes, but overall not that safe. Down town and forest park would be fine, and a cool way to see the city. Also the Katie Trail goes from St.Louis to KC, so geting some miles on that would be cool.

completely off subject, but the katy trail still doesn't make it all the way to kc. drops you about 45 minutes (by car) east of kc.

back on topic, definitely take your bike. the weather's supposed to be nice anyways.
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