Ordinance may ban bikes on sidewalks

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— The Hayden Town Board tonight 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.

They also are concerned about potential accidents be----tween pedestrians and people riding on bicycles, skateboards and other vehicles on sidewalks, particularly downtown.

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

On the other hand, board members said the ordinance might 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 at 7:30 p.m. today at Hayden Town Hall.

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