TROY — In the interest of safety for both pedestrians and bike riders, the city of Troy’s police department is cracking down on cyclists peddling through downtown Troy on its sidewalks.
The Troy Police Department will be enforcing the city ordinance, which prohibits the riding of bicycles, skateboards and other modes of transportation on downtown city sidewalks.
According to Troy Police Department’s Capt. Joe Long, after an increase of complaints fielded by downtown Troy businesses, the department will be enforcing the ordinance effective immediately.
People may ride safely in the streets on their bicycles, but they must walk their bikes on the downtown sidewalks, Long said.
Troy Main Street Executive Director John Wilson said although he was not part of the initial discussion at a recent mayor’s roundtable, several business owners had noticed the increase of skateboarders and bicyclists riding on the sidewalks and expressed safety concerns for their patrons.
According to the ordinance, the city “prohibits the riding of bicycles, skateboards, tricycles, scooters or other toy vehicles on the downtown sidewalks in the business district. Riding on the sidewalk creates a hazard due to the proximity of doorways to the sidewalk and amount of pedestrians downtown.”
According to the Troy Police Department, cyclists may walk their bicycles on the sidewalks, ride in the street while obeying all traffic laws or detour around the business district. Downtown Troy has several bicycle racks throughout the downtown area for public use to park bicycles in the business district.
Outside of the business district, children under the age of 13 may ride on the sidewalks, but everyone must walk their bicycles in the downtown area.
Long said patrols will warn first time offenders. Repeat offenders can be cited and fined. The ordinance was first passed in 1987, according to the police department.
The Troy Police Department holds both basic and advanced “Be A Better Biker” camps for children through the city’s recreation department during the summer break.
For more information, visit www.troyohio.gov.