Former bike ordinance expanded, traffic disruptions and safety are focus of proposed event ordinance

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By Tracy Harris

A proposed event ordinance for the county will be voted on by fiscal court members next month.

The previously-named “bicycle ordinance” now includes all events utilizing public right-of-ways, not just cycling events. Public safety committee members approved the ordinance Tuesday and presented it for a first reading at fiscal court that afternoon.

The ordinance will apply to any for-profit venture and to any non-profit venture with more than 50 participants that has the potential to interfere with the normal flow of pedestrian and motorized traffic — or that plan to integrate with traffic.

If the ordinance passes, event organizers planning to use roadways will need to apply for a permit at least 30 days in advance. 

Permit applications will include the event route, approximate number of participants and other basic information. Applicants should also include likely locations for traffic control, like intersections.

A permit coordinator, likely a member of the Oldham County Police Department, will be appointed by the judge-executive to review applications.

Event organizers will be responsible for paying a yet unspecified filing fee, along with any expense for police officers. Those costs will be estimated in advance.

The ordinance also includes rules for public conduct during events, including prohibiting interfering with any participants or with traffic during an event. 

Promoting, advertising or conducting an event without a permit would be punishable by a $500 fine per occurrence if the ordinance is passed. 

The ordinance will not apply to events inside La Grange and Pewee Valley city limits, as those cities have their own full-time police departments.

The ordinance also exempts events sponsored by Oldham County Parks and Recreation, as well as activities during Westport River Days.

It will, however, apply to local road races, including the Fastline Fun-Raising 5k, Apple Patch Scenic Road 5k and Crestwood Festival 5k. 

Residents can view the ordinance online at oldhamcounty.net.

A public hearing on the ordinance will take place at 2 p.m. July 3 during the fiscal court meeting.