St. Charles County, MO
 
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Editor’s Note: In this Chapter the words "Sheriff’s Department" and "Sheriff’s office" are changed to "Police Department"; the word "Sheriff" is changed to "Chief of Police"; the words "Deputy Sheriff" are changed to "police officer"; and the word "deputies" is changed to "police officers" pursuant to the St. Charles County Charter Article IV, Sections 4.250 and 4.1300, as amended in 2012 and effective 1-1-2015, and St. Charles County Ord. No. 15-012, Section 2, adopted 1-26-2015.
[Ord. No. 10-091 §1, 10-18-2010; Ord. No. 11-006 §6, 2-24-2011]
A. 
Permits Required, When. No event, contest, procession, or parade containing twenty-five (25) or more cyclists on any highway, roadway or street within a two (2) hour window, or any number of riders and a chase/support vehicle, shall occupy or proceed along any highway, roadway or street in the unincorporated County except in accordance with a permit issued by the St. Charles County Registrar after review and approval by the Police Department. Cyclists riding together on a road by chance and not as part of an organized event do not require a permit.
B. 
Types Of Permits That May Be Issued—Single-Event Or Annual Permits. The St. Charles County Registrar shall issue single-event permits unless event organizers present a map of a route to be followed four (4) or more times in a calendar year, with a list of dates for the proposed recurring rides. In such cases, annual permits may issue. Any deviation from the identified route in an annual permit shall require a single-event permit for that ride. If a ride is cancelled due to weather, the organizers may establish an alternate date and notify the Chief of Police of such date.
C. 
Applications For Permits, Requirements, Where Filed. The organizer of any event, contest, procession or parade for which a permit is required by Subsection (A) shall submit an application for such permit to the St. Charles County Registrar.
1. 
The application shall be on a form supplied by the St. Charles County Registrar.
2. 
The application shall be accompanied by:
a. 
A map of the route of the event, contest, procession or parade for which the permit is sought;
b. 
A safety plan that addresses:
(1) 
Expected traffic issues, including crowd control; and
(2) 
Provision of sufficient restrooms for the expected number of participants at the site of the initiation, termination or any rest stop of the event, contest, procession or parade if that site is within the unincorporated area of the County; and
c. 
A non-refundable filing and processing fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00).
D. 
Review By The Police Department Of Applications For Permits, Assessment Of Costs For Police Officer Time If Required.
1. 
Upon receipt of a completed application, the St. Charles County Registrar shall transmit it to the Police Department for review, retaining a copy for the Registrar's records.
2. 
Where the Chief of Police, after consultation with the event sponsors, determines additional crowd control measures or road closure are necessary, then the Chief of Police shall notify the event organizers that such measures must be included in the safety plan.
3. 
Should the event organizers propose, or the Chief of Police determine it is necessary, to close any road(s) and/or take any crowd control measures, the Police Department shall arrange for the police officers to be on site for those purposes.
4. 
The Chief of Police shall add to the fees required for issuance of a permit under this Section the cost of police officer time that may be required to close a road and/or for crowd control measures at the actual cost for a police officer(s).
5. 
If a road to be closed is a State road, however, the Chief of Police shall notify the Missouri Department of Transportation and provide for the road's closure only with the Department's concurrence provided by the Department to the Chief of Police.
6. 
Upon completing its review of application for permit provided by the St. Charles County Registrar, the Police Department shall return it to the Registrar with the endorsements of the Police Department stating the Department's:
a. 
Approval or requirement of provisions for road closure and/or crowd control, if any; and
b. 
Statement of costs to be charged for police officer time for those purposes, if required.
E. 
Final Requirements For Issuance Of Permits By The St. Charles County Registrar, Duties Of Registrar.
1. 
Upon receipt from the Police Department of the application for permit with the Police Department's endorsements, the Registrar shall issue the permit provided the applicant pays the following additional costs:
a. 
Costs to be charged for police officer time for road closure and/or crowd control, if any, as called for in the Police Department's endorsement on the application.
2. 
Upon issuing any permit required by Subsection (A) above, the Registrar shall also request the County's Office of Public Information to make public the name, organizer, date and hours and route of any event, contest, procession or parade for which such permit is issued along with the name of any road that is to be closed and the date and time of its closure, by posting that information on:
a. 
The County's website; and
b. 
The County's closed-channel television service.
F. 
No Issuance Of Permits Requiring Road Closure Later Than Fourteen (14) Calendar Days Before The Event. No permit shall be granted for a road closure later than fourteen (14) calendar days before the date of the road closure, nor shall any such permit be granted to close a State road without the concurrence of the Missouri Department of Transportation provided by the Department to the Chief of Police.
[Ord. No. 10-091 §2, 10-18-2010; Ord. No. 11-006 §7, 2-24-2011]
All events, contests, processions, and parades requiring road closure and intending to occupy or proceed along any highway, roadway or street in the unincorporated County shall obtain a permit issued pursuant to this Article.
[Ord. No. 10-091 §3, 10-18-2010]
Closing a road without obtaining a permit is a violation of this Article subject to the penalties set forth in Section 270.040.
[Ord. No. 10-091 §4, 10-18-2010]
A violation of any provision of this Article is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00).
[Ord. No. 10-091 §5, 10-18-2010]
Enforcement of this Article shall be the responsibility of the Police Department and prosecution may be by the Prosecuting Attorney or the County Counselor.
[Ord. No. 10-103 §1, 11-2-2010]
The County of St. Charles hereby establishes the bicycle education and map program within the County Highway Department to apprise cyclists of certain characteristics of highways and roads in the unincorporated portion of St. Charles County. The designations and educational materials resulting from this Article are in no manner a recommendation that cyclists should ride these highways and roads nor are they intended to assure any cyclist of safety in riding the highways and roads.
[Ord. No. 10-103 §2, 11-2-2010; Ord. No. 11-006 §8, 2-24-2011]
As used in this Article, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
GREEN ROADS
Highways and roads where the speed limits are under fifty (50) miles an hour and heavy commercial weekday traffic, or farm implement traffic, is not expected to be present on a regular basis. Green roads may still have limited sight distance, may lack shoulders or have intermittent or gravel shoulders.
ORANGE ROADS
Highways and roads where the speed limits are fifty (50) miles an hour or more. Orange roads are expected to have heavy commercial traffic and/or regular farm implement traffic. Sight distance will be generally better than highways or roads designated as Red but may have intermittent or seasonal (e.g., crops) sight distance problems.
RED ROADS
Highways and roads where the speed limits are fifty (50) miles an hour or more. Red roads chronically have limited sight distance (hills, crops). Red roads will not have shoulders, or if there are shoulders they are gravel. Cyclists should expect that Red roads will have heavy commercial weekday traffic and/or farm implement traffic.
[Ord. No. 10-103 §3, 11-2-2010; Ord. No. 11-006 §9, 2-24-2011]
The Highway Department shall develop, print and distribute maps through various means, such as the County website and to various organizations such as those whose mission includes trails, parks and promotion of active living, to reflect the above bicycle route information.
[Ord. No. 10-103 §4, 11-2-2010; Ord. No. 11-006 §10, 2-24-2011]
A. 
All cyclists riding their bicycles on orange or red roads in the unincorporated part of St. Charles County shall:
1. 
Equip their bicycle with the following lights and/or reflectors as follows:
a. 
Every bicycle when in use from sunset to sunrise, or when there is not sufficient light to render discernible any person on the highway or street at a distance of four hundred (400) feet ahead, shall be equipped with the following:
(1) 
A lamp mounted on the front of either the bicycle or the operator that shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet to the front and three hundred (300) feet to the sides. A generator powered lamp, which emits light only when the bicycle is moving, may be used to meet this requirement;
(2) 
A red reflector on the rear of a type that shall be visible from all distances from one hundred (100) feet to six hundred (600) feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle;
(3) 
A light emitting either flashing or steady red light visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear shall be used in addition to the reflector. If the red light performs as a reflector such that it is visible as specified in (2) above, it shall satisfy the requirement for a reflector.
b. 
Additional lights and reflectors may be used in addition to those required under Subsection (a) above except that red lights and reflectors shall not be used on the front of the bicycle nor shall white or colorless lights or reflectors be used on the rear of the bicycle.
2. 
Be equipped with an adequate brake when used on a street or highway.
[Ord. No. 10-103 §5, 11-2-2010]
Cyclists shall obey all traffic regulations unless otherwise set out in this Article or unless cycling in a permitted event as set forth in County Ordinance. Failure to obey traffic laws and equipment requirements shall be punishable in the same manner as failures of motor vehicles.
[Ord. No. 10-103 §6, 11-2-2010]
A violation of any provision of Sections 270.090 and 270.100 above of this Article is an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00).
[Ord. No. 10-103 §7, 11-2-2010]
Enforcement of this Article shall be the responsibility of the Police Department and prosecution may be by the Prosecuting Attorney or the County Counselor.