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Thank you to everyone providing input on the City’s online surveys regarding possible alcohol ordinance and scooter ordinance changes. Here are our unscientific survey responses through Monday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m., that were presented to the City Council during a meeting the same day.
Alcohol survey results summary
We received 312 responses to the alcohol web survey through Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. Survey questions included baseline demographics; whether or not a respondent was a student, business owner, liquor license holder, or restaurant or bar employee; whether or not a person lived in Cape Girardeau and for how long; qualitative responses about how they’d write the proposed ordinance and additional thoughts; and which option most closely matched a respondent’s opinion regarding alcohol sales and age.
Seventy-two percent responded that either no new regulation is needed regarding age and alcohol in Cape Girardeau, or that no regulation of alcohol sales and age is needed at any level of government. Sixty-five percent responding were age 26 and older, and 53 percent have lived in Cape Girardeau for more than 10 years. All text responses can be read by downloading the survey responses PDF document.
As a result of this survey and other concerns about the potential effects on businesses, the City Council decided to table further readings of the proposed alcohol ordinance and possibly re-discuss the issue at a later date.
Scooter survey results summary
We received 157 scooter web survey responses through Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. Respondents were asked five questions about scooter driving and riding habits, locations and insurance requirements. Additional comments from our blog and other social media sites (Facebook, Twitter) were anonymously included in the scooter survey results PDF.
Nearly 70 percent responded that scooter (1-49cc) drivers should be required by ordinance to have insurance, and 78 percent would require scooter drivers to wear helmets. Sixty-one percent felt that 1-49cc scooter drivers should not be allowed to carry additional passengers, and 62 percent said they should not be allowed on streets with speed limits over 35 miles per hour. Only 13 percent of respondents said their primary vehicle was either a bicycle, scooter or motorized bike under 50cc. Six percent use a motorcycle or scooter over 50cc for primary transportation, and 89 percent drive a car or other larger vehicle.