Why teens with bikes should be in the street
Dec 24, 2017 | 1559 views | 1 1 comments | 117 117 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

My son was riding a bike, on the sidewalk today. Law abiding, though foolish, he knew that he could legally ride on the sidewalk going the wrong way down the street.

So when he rode into the crosswalk, in front of a stopped truck, he wasn't breaking any laws. The truck should have seen him. But if he'd been in the street, riding the right direction, the truck would have seen him. (My son is fine--good reflexes. The bike is toast.)

Young children on small bikes need the sidewalk for safety. Older children, will inevitably ride faster than "walking pace". That's not safe for the cyclists, on Hoboken's narrow, obstacle strewn sidewalks, even if there are no pedestrians in sight.

Parents do what they can--but having the law on our side would be a plus. But we need to keep older children on bikes off the sidewalk. I don't have all the details of the bike ordinance under consideration, but that aspect has my wholehearted support, as a cyclist, pedestrian and mother of three.

Sincerely,

Laura Keating

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Tottenhamwins
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December 27, 2017
For starters, your "story" makes no sense. First of all, bike or no bike, anyone crossing a street is supposed to look before crossing. Had your kid done that, the bike would have been fine. Second of all, being 10 feet further over would have done nothing to protect your kid. If the bike was going fast enough to total the bike in the crosswalk, it would have been going just as fast 10 feet further away. These Lenzian excuses for bad legislation are pretty pathetic. Please stop pretending that resolution was nothing but an attempt to pass something rather stupid, spiteful and very political. Enough with the games already.