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FDL Bicycle Use On Sidewalks Survey

06-Feb-2014

Currently, bicycles are not allowed to be ridden on sidewalks in the City of Fond du Lac, except children’s bikes with wheels of 20” or less, and even they are not allowed on downtown Main Street. 

The City Council, on March 12th 2014, will consider an ordinance change that would allow bicycling on sidewalks throughout the City.  Citizens are invited to share their views on this ordinance change. Residents should understand that regardless of whether bikes are allowed on sidewalks, the reckless use of a bike is still prohibited.

The survey link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RYR8WFL and available on the City’s website at www.fdl.wi.gov and Facebook page from today until March 5th.  Residents who would like a paper copy of the survey may contact the Public Works Department at 920-322-3472.

The survey includes two sections, one for City sidewalks in general and one specifically related to bikes on downtown Main Street.  Advantages to allowing bike riding on residential sidewalks include enabling students and families with young children to bike in neighborhoods together.  A disadvantage is that it may create conflicts between bicyclists and walkers or joggers.

In the downtown, bikes on sidewalks may create safety concerns and discourage some people from shopping in downtown businesses.  On the other hand, the roadway of Main Street often feels too narrow to safely operate a bike, and some patrons may not visit the downtown because they would like to bike there. 

The City hopes that citizens lets their voices be hears, whether you feel strongly about this issue or just have a general preference.

The website also includes a list of local and state laws that would still apply to bicyclists on sidewalks. 

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