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Takoma Park votes to change bicycle laws

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TAKOMA PARK – The City Council voted to amend the City’s bike laws allowing the City manager to permit bicycle riding in specially designated areas Sept. 27.

“Where we landed, in giving the city manager the authority to look at those places that make sense to have bikes on sidewalks and designate them but not do it as a blanket across the city is good policy for right now,” said Takoma Park mayor Kate Stewart.

The ordinance passed unanimously and preserved the citywide ban of riding a bicycle on sidewalks but will it give the City manager, currently Suzanne Ludlow, the discretion to designate areas where riding on the sidewalk is safer than riding in the street.

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gavel2 1 In recent years as more and more people ride bicycles in the Washington area, laws and regulations have been changing to try to make bicycle riding safer for bicyclists and motorists. Some of the laws vary depending upon the local jurisdiction, so it may be helpful to review those laws.

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