Registration slated Tuesday for Ten Toe program

Registration for the Ten Toe program will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at the South County Family YMCA, 12736 Southfork Road.

The Ten Toe program helps participants learn how to incorporate the region’s public transit offerings, along with walking, when heading to a countless number of St. Louis destinations. It is made easy through participation in guided walk tours where leaders teach individuals how to ride the “new” modes of transportation as they discover firsthand all the places accessible via the MetroLink alignment and MetroBus routes, according to a news release.

The Ten Toe program is offered to residents free, courtesy of Citizens for Modern Transit through funding from the Missouri Foundation for Health. Those registering are required to complete a survey discussing their health knowledge, beliefs and behaviors, as well as demographics and other general information.

All Ten Toe program participants will receive a Ten Toe tote bag, a pedometer, weekly walk logs and food diaries, MetroLink tickets, St. Louis maps, safety tips and more.

“There are so many St. Louisans who shy away from taking the MetroLink or riding the bus due to the fear of the unknown,” Tom Shrout, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit, stated in the release. “Once they try transit, see how easy it is to navigate, and experience all of its benefits — they are sold. Individuals who have tried transit for the first time through the Ten Toe program are now relying on it to get to and from ball games, concerts and special outings, as well as to doctors’ appointments and the grocery store and to run errands. Our mission is being accomplished. It is fantastic.”

Those interested in learning how they can celebrate 2010 on their own ten toes, can visit

or call the Citizens for Modern Transit at (314) 231-7272.