The city is a step closer to being a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists and those using mobility assistive devices, according to Trailnet. Trailnet; which encourages healthy communities that walk, bike and use public transit; announced that the Safe Streets Ordinance has passed the St. Louis City Board of Alderman on Friday.
Board Bill 53 started as an anti-harassment ordinance that was introduced by Alderman Scott Ogilvie on National Bike to Work Day, May 18, 2012. The bill makes it illegal to threaten or place in danger any user of the road, be they walking, biking or driving. This includes throwing objects at people and knowingly engaging in conduct that creates a risk of death or serious physical injury, according to Trailnet's news release. The policy creates legal repercussions for drivers that run bicyclists off the road. Penalties can range from $100-500 fines and/or imprisonment for up to 90 days. Full text of the ordinance can be found at http://trailnet.org/advocacy/policy. The bill is now awaiting signature by Mayor Francis Slay.
"There have been too many people killed or injured while walking or biking due to crashes with motor vehicles. We have to do better," said Rhonda Smythe, policy and advocacy coordinator at Trailnet.
Trailnet's own rides manager, Steve Schmidt, was hit by a vehicle on Oct. 18 while biking at 8th and Washington. He was seriously injured but is in stable condition, Trailnet reports. On Feb. 3, Samuel Scott was bicycling home from work and was struck by a vehicle. He later died. In 2011, there were 210 pedestrian and 72 bicycle crashes in St. Louis City alone, Trailnet reports.From the calendar