St. Charles, Missouri – A petition has been started after pedestrians and bikers who use the Katy Trail may soon be sharing it with motorized vehicles including ATVs.
Thousands of signatures have already been delivered to lawmakers. Other opponents went directly to the lawmakers to complain about the proposal.
Arguments To Allow ATVs On Katy Trail
Representative Jay Houghton of Columbia is sponsoring the bill. According to Houghton, the point of the bill is to make the Katy Trail accessible for everyone.
Those unable to bike or walk, says Houghton, would now be able to use the trail.
Concerns Of Safety & Preservation
Jodi Devonshire, who owns a business just feet away from the Katy Trail said allowing ATVs will “end up tearing up the trails and add another danger to runners and bikers.”
Devonshire also mentioned in an interview with KMOV reporters that her Bike Shop Café may lose business after ATVs are allowed.
“We have thousands of visitors a year. We estimate 60% of our income comes from the Katy Trail, so even if a tiny bit of that is deterred because of this bill, we’re looking at hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.”
Bill Already Making Changes
After the many opponents voiced their opinions, Houghton has already altered the language of the bill. Now, the bill would only apply to those 60 and older, and the utility vehicles would only be allowed on Wednesdays.
The bill has passed out of two committees, but it is not scheduled to go before the full house at this time.
Can ATVs & Pedestrians Share The Road?
It’s no secret that an ATV accident can quickly turn into a tragedy. Just last weekend, a Missouri man was killed, and his passenger injured in an ATV accident.
Missouri sees more and more ATV accidents as the weather warms up. As many St. Charles residents argue, a trail crowded with bikes and pedestrians can only increase the potential for tragedy.
As personal injury lawyers, we have seen the damage ATV accidents involving pedestrians can do. If a pedestrian is lucky enough to survive the crash, they are often left with medical bills, and unable to work.
While Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers is always here to help victims of accidents with those bills, we would prefer that the accident didn’t happen in the first place.
If you’ve been injured in an ATV accident, call our office at 314.444.4444 for a free consultation with a personal injury attorney. Our consultations are always 100% confidential.