I never thought I would see the day when any official would seriously contemplate legally allowing bicyclists to share the sidewalks with pedestrians, particularly in urban areas. Generally, although not in all cases, bicycles are prohibited on sidewalks in business districts and residential areas where there is a lot of foot traffic. The idea is to protect pedestrians against irresponsible cyclists.
It is always a good idea to protect pedestrians. Their interests should come before cyclists’, whenever sidewalk use is the issue. Sidewalks were invented to protect pedestrians from motor vehicle traffic. Continue reading ….