The legislative fight over a bill to make St. Louis County’s roads friendlier to bicyclists and pedestrians is over.
The St. Louis County Council gave final approval to Councilman Pat Dolan’s “Complete Streets” legislation. It encourages the county’s transportation department to add sidewalks, bike lanes or crosswalks for county road projects when possible.
Dolan’s legislation passed by a 6-0 margin, with Council Chairwoman Hazel Erby, D-University City, abstaining.
The "Complete Streets" legislation under consideration on the St. Louis County Council still faces plenty of roadblocks to final passage. One of the sponsors, Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights, held up the bill again last week, which he’s done since late November, and announced he wants to rewrite parts of it.
Dolan also said that he’s going to meet with groups affected by the bill and come back to the matter early next year.
St. Louis County executive Charlie Dooley has nominated two new members to the St. Louis County Police Board.
The Democratic executive made the nominations of former Metro CEO Bob Baer and former Hazelwood member T.R. Carr official today. If they are confirmed by the Council, the board would have a quorum for the first time since September.
St. Louis has joined cities like Minneapolis and Seattle in requiring developers and rehabbers to install bike racks in certain projects.
Mayor Francis Slay signed the bike parking ordinance at City Hall on Wednesday. It requires developers and rehabbers of most projects over $1 million to install at least one bike rack that can hold at least two bikes. The offsite parking requirement is reduced by one space for every bike rack that's installed.