As we look to ways to social distance and get some fresh air and exercise during the COVID-19 outbreak, the MetroBikeLink Trail might be a great option for walkers, runners and bicyclists alike. The St. Clair County Transit District MetroBikeLink System includes trails and bike paths along MetroLink in Southwestern Illinois. The development of a bicycle trail adjacent to the St. Clair County MetroLink extension was an important piece in the St. Clair County Transit District’s (SCCTD) efforts to link transportation modes in the community.
Since the initial trail, that system has expanded to include several other trails all connecting in with the original MetroBikeLink and transit. Currently, the MetroBikeLink Trail runs from Shiloh/Scott MetroLink Station to Memorial Hospital MetroLink Station in Belleville, with the extension to Fairview Heights MetroLink Station under construction now. Additionally, with the connecting Phase I of the Orchard Loop Trail and Phase II of the Orchard Loop Trail under construction, the MetroBikeLink system continues to grow.
Ambassadors are out on the trail during this time to ensure it is cleaned and maintained, and you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the wildlife along the trail if you are out and about.