Ken Valenti, transportation writer for The Journal News / Mamaroneck village has become a center of talk about bicycles.
A proposed law would keep cyclists, skaters and scooter-pushers off the sidewalk in business areas, and an e-mail the Police Department sent to a cycling group asked those on bikes to obey the laws. That got the attention of cyclists who say that, sure, they should obey the laws, but so should everyone.
Mayor Norman Rosenblum says “The Friendly Village” is friendly to bicyclists, but officials say they have gotten complaints about those who don’t follow the rules, and that they want to avoid congestion and safety hazards on the sidewalks of busy Mamaroneck Avenue.
The law being considered also would restrict where bikes can be locked on public streets to bike racks and other specifically designated areas.
Rosenblum said the village recently put in about six bike racks along Mamaroneck Avenue and might designate other areas where chained bikes would not block walkways along a street that features restaurants with al fresco seating.
Not everyone agrees with the push.
Village Trustee John Hofstetter, who is a cyclist, said that spending a lot of time and effort on the issue was “not the best use of village resources.”
“I think it’s sort of counterproductive given that we’re trying to encourage more kids to walk and bike to school now,” Hofstetter said.
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