We are thrilled to announce that the St. Louis Complete Streets bill successfully passed out of committee this morning, which means that it will head to the full Board of Aldermen for a final vote - perhaps as early as next week.
Alderman Shane Cohn, the sponsor of the bill, introduced the bill to the committee members and presented a strong case for the importance of a Complete Streets policy for the City of St. Louis. Todd Waeltermann (the Director of the Streets Department) and John Kohler (an engineer in the Board of Public Service) both testified strongly in support of the bill. Trailnet staff member Phil Valko also testified on on behalf of the bill. The committee members held a great discussion about the importance of Complete Streets for the well-being of our City. The main discussion point was not "Should the bill pass?" but instead, "How can we make sure St. Louis implements the policy once it passes?" Trailnet is looking forward to continue working with city staff and elected officials to develop an implementation plan and take meaningful steps towards the realization of Complete Streets once the bill passes.
The bill picked up three additional co-sponsors today: Aldermen Jeffrey Boyd, Marlene Davis, and Ken Ortmann.
The full board still needs to vote on the bill in the weeks ahead -- if you have not already contacted your Alderman to ask for their support, please do so today!
Click here to see the current list of sponsors.