ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – At Tuesday night’s meeting, St. Louis County adopted the Complete Streets Policy. The council passed it with six members in favor and one, Hazel Erby, abstaining.
“I abstain, I’m just not prepared to vote on it tonight. I’m sorry, I abstain,” Erby said.
Some residents argued fervently against this plan in the past few weeks, saying it will cost too much and that it won’t make those drivers any more attentive.
After the most recent revision, many came out in support, saying it’s necessary for cyclist safety.
“Missouri has the seventh worst drivers in the country. Those are the people that you’re putting your life in the hands of, when you get out in the traffic lanes, so bare that in mind,” says a local resident.
Councilwoman Colleen Wassinger voted in favor because the most recent revision has less restrictive language than the two previous versions.
Wassinger says this is not a mandate, but different ways of transportation to be considered when highway projects are being developed.