Parking along the north and south shoulders of a portion of Premier Parkway near Route 370 in St. Peters is now prohibited.
The city’s Board of Aldermen voted 7-0 to approve an ordinance at its Feb. 8 meeting that establishes parking restrictions on a portion of the parkway. Alderman Jerry Hollingsworth [Ward 2] was absent.
The rationale is that the city installed pavement markings and signs designating bike lanes on the north and south shoulders of Premier Parkway from Spencer Road and Lakeside Drive. Parking within a designated bike lane is a violation of Missouri state statutes and presents a safety hazard for residents.
But the rationale involves more than the bicycle lanes. Alderman Dave Thomas [Ward 1] brought up the parking situation at the board’s Jan. 25 work session saying vehicles parked on shoulders pose not only a danger to bicyclists but other motorists and pedestrians.
The ordinance establishes a no parking zone at all times on the north and south sides of the parkway from Spencer Road to Lakeside Drive.
Before the vote, Alderman Rocky Reitmeyer [Ward 1] asked city officials and Police Chief Jeff Finkelstein to be lenient toward surveying and utility work crews if the board approved the ordinances. The crews could be working along the parkway and parking their vehicles along the shoulders to deal with issues arising from the anticipated growth and development along that road. Reitmeyer suggested they be “given a blessing” and allowed to get their work done.