The Dispatch wrote Bicyclists oppose lifting sidewalk ban
Saturday, July 5, 2008
BY BOBBY PIERCE
Bicyclists want bikes to be treated like vehicles. That’s the message they are sending to Columbus officials as they rework the city’s bike code.
They’re 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.
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. “A typical bike is moving four to five times faster than a pedestrian,” said Andrew Hall, a cyclist from Columbus, who rides with traffic.