(KMOV.com) – Supporters of cyclists held a rally outside of St. Louis City Monday, demanding more legal protections for cyclists.
Those at the rally told News 4 their goal is to educate the public and ask lawmakers for more laws that protect cyclists. The protest was spurred after Rick Beard, 54, was killed in a hit and run accident in north St. Louis.
“I was lucky, they could be down here for me too and that’s scary to think about,” said Randy Murdick, who was allegedly run off the road by the mayor of Sunset Hills.
The Missouri Highway Patrol said there have been 89 crashes involving bikes in 2014, which have caused 80 injuries and one death. In a formal letter to Mayor Slay, those protesting ask for protected bike lanes and a three feet passing law. The group told News 4 the mayor has not responded to their request recently.
“We want to remind city hall that we’ve asked for a specific change, enforcement of existing laws, the passing of a three foot passing law so drivers know more specifically how far they should leave between us and cyclists,” Michelle Funkenbusch, a lawyer and cyclist said.
Mayor Slay’s office told News 4 it met with the group Friday and expects to have 97 miles of shred lane markings by the end of 2014. However, it said it is not considering a three foot passing ordinance.
“We do listen very carefully and where they’ve got some stuff that works into our plan, we’re going for it,” said Jeff Rainford, Mayor Slay’s Chief of Staff.
However, the protestors told News 4 no such meeting occurred.