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Letter: Bikers adjusting to city regulations

To the Editor:

I am writing this in response to the positive community reaction there has been regarding the enforcement of bicycle laws. There has been voluntary compliance to this new enforcement, but there are some questions that remain.

Although the City allows bicycles to operate on most City sidewalks, there is one area where it is prohibited. This area is called the business district, and is considered to be South Knowles Avenue from First to Fourth Street and one block to the east and west on Second and Third Street. Rollerblades and skateboards are also not allowed in this area. This is not only a courtesy for people on foot in the downtown area, but is also prevents dangerous collisions between bicyclists and pedestrians.

During hours of darkness, any bicycle that is operated in the City is required to have a front headlight that is white and is visible from 500 feet. A red reflector that can be seen from the rear of the bicycle is also required.

I would like to thank everyone in advance for their cooperation, and also remind people that non-compliance will result in penalties. If there are any questions feel free to contact the Police Department or go to the Police Department's Web site for an updated list of City ordinances.

Timothy Kufus

Patrol Officer

New Richmond Police Department