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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

St. Charles Bike Ban Debate Coasts On

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 12:58 PM

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The St. Charles County council is really ganging up on bikers these days. In addition to Councilman Joe Brazil's statistic-bending joyride attempts to banning cyclists on country highways with no shoulder or bike lane, The Post-Dispatch reports that Councilman Jerry Daugherty has proposed an amendment to the bill.

No, it's not an amendment that would be favorable to bicyclists. Surprise.

Instead, Daugherty's amendment would add even more roads to the ban's blanket, expanding to include some two-lane rural roads in the northeastern corner of the county, where Daugherty said drivers' visibility is poor during corn-growing season.

The debate over banning bikes rolls on, despite MoDOT saying a ban would be unenforceable. Some have suggested lowering speed limits in the areas of concern, or warning bikers of the danger and advising them to ride at their own risk. About 15 miles of the highways have funding for work that will create a shoulder, to be constructed next year.

The council will again bring up the bike issue in a work session on Monday.

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