Bike no riding signs on order 10.24

Written by David Green.

New signs are on the way to remind bicycle riders about riding on downtown sidewalks.

At Monday’s city council meeting, audience member Matt Woznicki told councilors that signs need to erected indicating that bicycle riding on downtown sidewalks is prohibited.

“To be fair to children, it should be marked at every location,” he said.

“Half of the kids don’t know where they aren’t supposed to ride,” added his wife, Jean.

City superintendent Lonnie Vanderpool said that state highway workers removed several signs during the Main Street paving project and new signs should arrive by next week.

Council was asked if police would still be issuing tickets or only giving warnings.

“There’s no obligation to warn,” council member Keith Pennington said. “It’s a courtesy.”

The ordinance applies to riders of all ages, he said, but police officers have the discretion whether or not to issue a ticket. For example, an officer would have the option of deciding whether or not it was appropriate to issue a citation to a four-year-old.

Morenci mayor Russ Sutherland commended police officer Frank Cordts’ action in ticketing one rider and rescinding the tickets of four others.

Council member Peggy Decker—in her final meeting after eight years of service on council—said she called the police about the five bicyclists who were ticketed. Some members of the group were doing tricks in Main Street and disrupting traffic.

“I don’t want my kids to think that’s all right,” she said.

Bike riding on the sidewalk is prohibited downtown along Main Street from Summit Street west to the start of Wakefield Park and along North Street from Locust to Main.

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