October 18, 2011

Can a Town Really Make Biking and Walking Illegal?

Walking and cycling are both good for your health and for the planet. Whenever the option presents itself, I chose either method of personal transportation over riding in a car.

Hull, Wisconsin believes cyclists and pedestrians are causing problems on some roads, so the city council is considering outlawing them! The Grist reports:

Hull wants to restrict some of its roads to vehicle-only traffic -- although if you log your daily run with the City Council they might consider making an exception:

A town public safety committee, which examined general safety on town roads this summer, came up with a draft ordinance in September that requires biking, running or walking groups to register their travel plans with the town or bans them from using roads outright.

The ordinance is in response to what town officials say is a growing problem with road safety, but local groups are concerned about the impact on biking and running in the town.

A more appropriate response would be to build bike lanes and sidewalks.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at October 18, 2011 1:57 AM

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