Town ordinance could ban bikes on sidewalks

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The Hayden Town Board on Thursday will consider approving an ordinance prohibiting toy motorcycles, bicycles and other vehicles on town sidewalks.

Colorado's Model Traffic Code makes it illegal to ride toy motorcycles or "pocket bikes" on public streets.

Hayden officials want a law restricting the use of the vehicles on sidewalks.

At the same time, they also are concerned about potential accidents between pedestrians and those riding on bicycles, skateboards and other vehicles on sidewalks, particularly downtown.

At a meeting earlier this month, some board members were concerned the ordinance might result in more children riding on the Jefferson Avenue roadway.

On the other hand, board members said the ordinance might help encourage children and other riders to use side streets.

In the absence of a clear definition of toy vehicles in the state code, another proposed town ordinance describes the vehicles as those with an outside wheel diameter of 14 inches or less, including stand up scooters.

If approved, the ordinances will be part of a revised Hayden traffic code, which is based on changes made to the state code.

The public is invited to comment on the proposed ordinances. The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hayden Town Hall.

-- To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com.

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