(KMOV) – A cyclist from Sunset Hills is gaining support after he claimed the city's mayor, Mark Furrer, tried running him off the road.
Many cyclists joined the alleged victim in a ride through in Sunset Hills Saturday morning to let drivers know sharing the road isn’t a choice, it’s the law. The purpose of the rally was to bring awareness to city hall so they would make stricter laws to protect bicyclist and to remember 54-year-old Rick Beard who was killed in a hit-and-run bicycle crash in July.
Missouri Highway Patrol says they have had 89 crashes involving bikes in 2014, causing 80 injuries and one death. "We want to remind city hall that we have asked for specific changes, enforcement of existing laws, and the passing of a three-foot passing law," said Lawyer Michelle Funkenbusch. "So drivers know more specifically how far they should leave between us and cyclists."
Another incident involved cyclist Randy Murdick after he claimed the city’s mayor yelled at him and tried running him off the road Tuesday on Old Gravois Road, near Kennerly Road in South County. Murdick says his Achilles tendon was ruptured and his $12,000 bike was extensively damaged.
“He is screaming at me to ‘get off my road!’ He must have yelled it four or five times,” Randy Murdick said.
Furrer admits to yelling at Murdick after the cyclist allegedly ran a stop sign. The mayor denies trying to run him over.
The Mayor's chief of staff says they have met with the group Friday and are planning to have 97 miles of shared lane markings by the end of the year. However, the three-foot passing ordinance is not being considered.
Murdick’s case has been handed over to the county police for investigation.
The cyclists plan on holding another rally at St. Louis City Hall Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.