Whoa…. this long holiday weekend has included not one, but two good Dispatch articles. This one is about bicycles on sidewalks, currently illegal in Columbus.
[Bike riders are] concerned about a proposal that would lift Columbus’ ban on riding on sidewalks. The proposed change was introduced by Councilwoman Charleta B. Tavares as part of an ordinance that would require cyclists younger than 18 to wear a helmet. It has gone through a first reading and public hearing; it will be reviewed by the Transportation and Pedestrian Commission on Thursday.
As far as I can tell, the T&P Commission meets this Thursday (July 10th) at 3:30 PM. Website here. And why would cyclists not want to allow or encourage riding on the sidewalk?
Riding on the sidewalk with traffic increases the risk of a crash by 180 percent over riding on the road with traffic; riding on the sidewalk against traffic increases the risk by 430 percent, according to a 1994 study by the Institute of Transportation Engineers. This is why many cyclists contend that a bike’s place is on the road.
I don’t like when people assume that the argument against bike riding on the sidewalk is that it will lead to more crashes with pedestrians, hurting the pedestrians. Riding on the sidewalk is dangerous to the person on the bike. If you are riding on the sidewalk, you run the risk of getting hit by a CAR at a driveway or intersection.
[Andrew] Hall also is concerned that allowing bikes on sidewalks would make more drivers think they belong there.
I completely agree with Andrew. It’s bad enough people see cops on bikes on the sidewalk ALL THE TIME.
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