A new bicycle ordinance was pulled off the City agenda at its second reading after local bicyclists voiced their opposition to some factors of the rule change and raised questions.
The proposed ordinance would have made it legal for bicyclists to ride on the sidewalks, provided no alternate bike paths were available. Sidewalk biking in business districts would remain illegal.
The new language aimed to provide relief for inexperienced riders who don’t feel comfortable riding on the street with other vehicles.
While local bikers had pushed for such a change, another aspect of the ordinance drew their concern.
The City, in an effort to avoid liability for bicyclists at intersections, also proposed making it illegal to ride bikes through crosswalks. The ordinance would have forced bicyclists of any age to get off their bikes and walk through intersections when using a crosswalk. If a bicyclist chooses to use the roadway lanes, then normal traffic rules would still apply.
Local bicyclists argued that is more dangerous and irresponsible to force people to walk through crosswalks than to allow them to operate their bicycles.
After some questions were raised by Council members Laurie Ender and Bob Kellar, Mayor Frank Ferry recommended pulling the item for review and discussion with local bicyclists.
In other Council news:
Myrna Condie was honored by the Santa Clarita City Council for being named the California Mother of the Year by the California Association of American Mothers, Inc.
The title is given to one woman in each state each year, and Condie will vie for the national Mother of the Year title at the American Mothers, Inc. annual conference in Portland, Oregon next week.
American Mothers Inc. was originally founded in the mid 1800’s with the mission of “strengthening the moral and spiritual foundations of the family and the home.” The group is widely credited with creating the Mother’s Day holiday in the United States.
Project lifesaver was also launched at Tuesday’s meeting. The program has created a bracelet that sends out radio frequencies. When worn by those with “invisible diseases” such as Autism and Alzheimer’s, police officials will be able to locate these individuals who go missing much faster. This month is Autism awareness month in the city.
Could the City logo one day have the words “In God We Trust” added above it? An upcoming City Council decision could pave the way for such a verbiage change. Click here to learn more about a surprise proposal by Councilman Bob Kellar.