First 15 foot flags, and now this: Missouri Representative Bart Korman wants to eliminate the requirement to stop before making a right turn on red, and allow motorists to roll through a red light without stopping first.
Some of you might remember Joe Brazil, the St. Charles County Missouri councilman who wanted to ban bikes from several county roads because of his abiding concern for traffic safety.
Recently, our safety-conscious councilman was arrested for failing to pay the fine for allegedly running a red light.
Brazil was arrested after an officer stopped him for another (unspecified) traffic violation.
Perhaps Joe Brazil should focus his safety efforts on the real hazards.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development wants to eliminate all state funding for the Tour of Missouri.
The department needs to cut nearly $10 million from its budget due to the state’s fiscal crisis. Tour of Missouri organizers say the state provides about half of their $3.3 million budget and cuts would be a death blow to the race.
According to the governor’s office, the state’s $1.5 million in the Tour of Missouri resulted in $30 million in revenue for vendors, about half of which came from non-residents who traveled to the state for the race.
So says former mayor of Madison Wisconsin Paul Soglin on his blog:
The bicyclists who braved the week’s second storm should be taken out and shot. Spare them and the poor driver, when they skid on treacherous streets and slide under the wheels of a truck delivering fresh vegetables.
A post like that in a very bikey town is sure to be link-bait, but here’s the link anyway. Several commenters note that if the roads are so treacherous, what is he doing driving out there? Who’s the one creating the danger to himself and others?
Meanwhile, we learn that cops in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves harass cyclists who legally ride on the city streets. According to St. Louis cyclist Jack Painter, police departments are leaving it up to the individual officer’s discretion if they perceive cyclists are “impeding” traffic. Back in February, St. Louis County planners announced that key cycling routes may be closed to cyclists during the two years of Highway 64 reconstruction. Because of public outcry from local cyclists, local planners backed down from this plan, so now it appears that the police are sending the message instead to stop “impeding” traffic and get off the road and onto sidewalks.
See more information about the discussion with Webster Grove PD here.
I pointed to Tour of Missouri video options yesterday but totally blew it on blogs that will cover the Tour of Missouri.
First of all, Ken flew out to Missouri specifically to cover the Tour of Missouri and take photos. Don’t miss his photos and tour coverage at Spare Cycles and his Flickr photo stream.
Roger Kramer of St. Louis also is covering the Tour of Missuri from his blog.
Neil @ ROAD Magazine has video, photos and updates from Missouri.
Maced with Grace snapped some good photos as the peloton flew near his (her?) office today.