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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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Takoma Park talks about bicycle riding

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The Takoma Park City Council discussed the possibility of amending the city code to allow wheelchairs and bicycles on sidewalks, and will discuss it again after not coming to a consensus.

The issue at hand fell to bicycles on sidewalks, as there were arguments for both options, also backed by different studies. Wheelchairs on sidewalks are currently not accommodated by the city code, but it was barely mentioned at the meeting.

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