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Pedestrians @ Gravois and Bingham

April 11, 2010

On several occasions this Spring I have found myself in the Bevo Neighborhood along Gravois.  Seeing the old pedestrian tunnel alongside Gravois at Bingham peaked my interest in particular and the first time I walked around the area I found that although the tunnel was sealed and unusable, its route is still well traveled.

Sealed Pedestrian Tunnel Entrance @ Gravois & Bingham alongside the new path

The tunnels were a vital part of the original viaduct design, and the lack of sidewalks alongside Gravois as it crosses under the train tracks here make it all but impossible to walk along (it is possible but not at all safe).  Although safety is also an issue for pedestrians walking across the train tracks, it is really the best option and fairly safe when coupled with common sense.  Unfortunately, the train tracks are private property, and on this weekend’s beautiful Saturday afternoon when people decided to take walks as families and friends, they were stopped from using this path by a uniformed security guard.

Well-Beaten Walking Path along Gravois

I saw several groups of people and individuals stopped by the security guard and forced to turn around.  Later I saw some of the same people taking much longer routes to get where they wanted to go.  As you can see in the map below, being unable to follow Gravois as a Pedestrian creates a huge inconvenience and turns a 30 second walk across a set of train tracks into a walk three-quarters of a mile long (13 minutes according to Google Maps).

Gravois and Bingham - Alternative to the Pedestrian Cut-through

I am not sure what could be done about this, but something really must be done.  The last thing St. Louisans need is to be any more discouraged from walking around their city.  In my opinion, getting a ticket for trying to walk down Gravois is completely ridiculous.

Pretty Ridiculous

St. Louis needs to improve the quality of life for its pedestrians!  We are a vibrant city’s greatest asset!

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5 comments

  1. AGREED! As someone who grew up in Bevo, I know this problem well. My dad used to talk us kids for walks this way. We’d go over the tracks to that green space just adjacent, which my dad claimed was haunted by vampires (thus giving it the name Vampire Park).

    “Vampire Park” is pretty inaccessible from Bevo without this path. To ticket people is outrageous! Time to contact the alderman.


  2. i just discovered your blog. great job, and very fascinating!

    as somebody who grew up in south city, i know this problem well, but I’m shocked that somebody is actually wasting money on paying a security guard to ticket people there! i agree that something needs to be done asap.


    • Thanks! I’m not really sure what to do about this but I think that talking about it is a good start!



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