The L.A. Times reports that West Hollywood is struggling with what to do with bikers who have no bike lanes to ride in, or where the congestion is so dangerous that they prefer to ride on sidewalks.
WeHo is thinking is that the bikers share the sidewalk with pedestrians.
Bicyclists sharing walkways with pedestrians will be required to be careful — and courteous to senior citizens and others who have long walked to Santa Monica and Sunset boulevards to shop and dine.
Local traffic laws and the state’s vehicle code have traditionally lumped bicycles into the same category as motorized vehicles, meaning they must be ridden on streets, not sidewalks. An exception is Los Angeles, where only willfully careless bike riding is prohibited on sidewalks.
But bicyclists in West Hollywood have complained that traffic congestion and narrow roadways in some areas make it dangerous to ride in the street. [full story]
I’m sure that bikers and pedestrians alike will have plenty to say about this.