MO News Roundup: Independence Bike Plan, Springfield bike routes, St. Louis bicycle parking

Independence - Bicycle Transportation Committee meets Friday

The Examiner reports:

The Bicycle Transportation Committee in Independence is rolling along.
 
The ad-hoc City Council-led committee will hold its next meeting at 11 a.m. Friday inside Conference Room A at City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave.
The committee has invited area cyclists to participate in a survey--please take a few minutes to fill it out if you live, work, or bicycle in the Independence area.
 
The bicycle plan is a follow-on to the city's recent adoption of Complete Streets policy and an anti-harassment ordinance.  Councilman Jim Schultz, who is chairing the Bicycle Transportation Committee, spearheaded the Complete Streets and anti-harassment ordinances as well.
 
Springfield - Work on bicycle route plan proceeds
Earlier this week Springfield City held and open house for citizen feedback about its bicycle plan.  KY3 reports:
City leaders will take these ideas, and begin working on ways to make it easier to roll around.
 
“We really need to make it so adults, kids, or anybody can get anywhere they need to in Springfield by bike,” said Scarlet.
 
“I would say we have a lot of work to do, but I think we are getting there every year,’ explained Sembler.
 
The City said it hopes to have the final draft of the bicycle route improvements completed by this coming summer.  However, funding will determine the timeline for implementing the improvement projects.
St. Louis - Bicycle parking to become city requirement; vote planned Friday
St. Louis bicyclists and city alderman Scott Ogilvie has been ushering bicycle parking requirements through the city council process.  The final vote by the Board of Aldermen is planned for Friday.  Fox2 reports:
Ogilvie says the city has been working with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and the Vanguard Cabinet, a group of young professionals, on adding bike racks. They came up with a concrete plan for future building projects. The racks would run between $300 to $500 a piece. If developers install the racks it could offset parking space requirement costs.
 
“I think everybody rides bikes I not everyone rides to work everyday but young and old rich and poor everyone rides a little bit and we can increase ridership for everybody would be a benefit for the city.” said Ogilvie.
 
Now the bill has to pass during the next alderman’s meeting to become a law Ogilvie says will make St. Louis a greener and more bike friendly city.
 
 
If you live in St. Louis and would like to contact your alderman in support of the bicycle parking ordinance, you can find the list of aldermen and contact information here.
 
This will add St. Louis to the list of Missouri cities--including Columbia, Springfield, and Kansas City--that have bicycle parking requirements as part of their city ordinances or development code. In all those cities, the requirements only kick in for new construction or upon substantial remodeling or changes--so cities must supplement the code changes with efforts to provide bicycle parking in existing developments.
 

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