2007.10.10 Christina Lapidus

Written by David Green.

For the first time in a long time I decided to pick up a friend’s bike. That turned out to be a mistake.

My friends and I decided to head to the skate park. We eventually got to the downtown area, well, right before it. We got stopped by our wonderful police department and we all, (yes, all five of us), got tickets.

What happened to the warnings? That is what I would really like to know. I received a $50 ticket, no warning at all. Are you telling me that if a 55-year-old or a seven-year-old were to ride a bike on the sidewalk that they would get a ticket? I don’t believe they would. It even says in last week’s paper that a friendly citation could be tried first, but I never got that.

In regard to Russell Hart’s letter saying we don’t pay taxes and have the freedom of the streets and sidewalks, of course we have that freedom. Even though we don’t pay taxes yet, our parents do. Also, did he say “freedom?” Yes, he did, that’s what our country is supposed to be about.

You want us to ride on the streets downtown, fine we will. My friends and I did. While we rode on the street we had people honk and swerve at us. What kind of safety is that? We are safer riding on the sidewalks and slowing down when we see someone walking, than riding on the street.

If you really want us to ride on the street, then I suggest a bike path in the downtown area. Use the money from bike tickets that you are handing out without a warning. My friends and I already put $250 towards it.

– Christina Lapidus
Burley Street
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