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July 10, 2010

More on the proposed St. Charles County bicycle ban

Filed under: Missouri — Tags: , , — Roger @ 1:57 am

On Friday, St. Charles County (Mo.) Councilman Joe Brazil announced plans to introduce a bill at Monday’s County Council meeting to ban bicycles from several highways in the southwest part of the county.

Brazil makes his feelings about bicyclists abundantly clear in a press release issued Friday by the St. Charles County Office of Public Information:

“We spend millions of dollars a year on parks and trails,” Brazil said. “The bicyclists need to stay on the trails that were made for bikes and off the roads in southwest St. Charles County.”

Brazil says  no one has to get on these highways to ride their bikes. “You can ride from St. Charles to Augusta and back without ever getting on Highway 94,” he said. “That’s why the Katy Trail is there.”

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, St. Charles County is just across the Missouri River from St. Louis County. It is one of Missouri’s fastest-growing counties, and it’s home to some of Missouri’s leading wineries, such as the Mount Pleasant Winery in Augusta.

The highways included in the proposed ban — Highways DD, D, F and Z and Missouri Highway 94 between U.S. 40  and the St. Charles-Warren county line — are hilly, twisty and narrow. The roads haven’t kept up with the population and tourism growth in that part of the county, and a group of residents, Shoulders fOr Safety, wants to see shoulders along those roads to increase safety. The map below is based on the town of New Melle, where many of the roads converge. Highway DD can be found to the east, and Missouri Highway 94 can be found to the east and south.:


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In addition to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch story I linked to Friday, here are some more links to stories about the proposed ban:

A close look at some of the comments on these stories suggest there are a lot of people who agree with Brazil. Cycling advocates can contact Brazil at jbrazil@sccmo.org or 636-399-2975. Monday’s St. Charles County Council meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at the St. Charles County Executive Building, 100 N. Third St. in St. Charles.

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  1. Nothing surprising about this, ChuckieLand is all about highways, casinos and irresponsible-intoxicated drivers that believe cyclists belong only on the Katy.

    Comment by Jack — July 11, 2010 @ 9:19 am

  2. This underlines a concern I have about the Katy Trail’s influence on St. Charles. I love the Katy Trail, but the danger is that the community – and local cyclists – will develop the mentality that all cyclists belong on some kind of trail. If bicycling is going to make a real impact on our communities, it needs to be embraced in our daily trips to work, school, grocery store etc. You can’t get to those places from the Katy Trail!
    In fairness, some of the narrow roads are dangerous, but a ban in wait for shoulders is a ban with an indeterminate end. A compromise should be reached that will likely include reduction of speed limit and strict adherence to cycling lawa…and vigorous enforcement of both.
    With that groundwork in place, Illinois cyclists should beware that the great Madison County Trail system does not become our gilded cage. Keep working to integrate cycling into everyday life!

    Comment by Mark — July 11, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

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  5. Thanks for being one of the first to cover this story.

    Comment by Darren — July 13, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

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