Proposed bike parking ordinance up for discussion

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by Maggie Crane

KMOV.com

Posted on January 9, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 9 at 10:39 PM

 (KMOV) -- A St. Louis alderman is hoping to make the city more bike friendly.

 
Cyclist and 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie wants a bike parking ordinance that would require new businesses to build in bike racks.  Established businesses would be exempt.  The goal is to create more safe and convenient parking for cyclists.
 
"The idea is you put the bike parking near where people want to use it, which is at their work, at the stores they're going to," Ogilvie said.  "Just like we have car parking in the zoning ordinance, we're now going to hopefully require a little bit of bike parking by the city ordinance."
 
Other cities that have enacted similar ordinances report an increase in bike riders.
 
The proposal goes before the Planning Commission on Wednesday.

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