Bicycles not allowed on sidewalks in downtown business districts
Summer time is obviously the best time for people to enjoy riding bicycles for recreation, exercise, as a mode of transportation, or just for fun.
However, the Merrill Police Department is advising cyclists that bicycle operation is not permitted on sidewalks except in certain circumstances, and specifically not in the downtown business areas.
In speaking with downtown business owners recently, safety concerns have been raised because people have been seen operating bicycles on the sidewalks, putting themselves and pedestrians at risk.
Sec. 36-181 of the Merrill Municipal Code states that bicycles may be ridden on sidewalks by persons under the age of seven years, except in downtown business districts. Bicycles may be ridden on sidewalks only in posted areas by those persons over the age of seven years. Persons shall ride in a manner which will not interfere with pedestrians or the play of children.
In addition, play vehicles, which include skateboards and rollerblades, are not allowed on sidewalks in business districts.
Fines for violations of these ordinances range from $35 for those 12 and 13 years of age to $76.20 for those age 14 and older.
Bicycles can be a fun and healthy way to travel, especially when bicycle operators follow simple bike safety rules.
Questions or comments can be directed to: Ken Neff, Chief of Police, 1004 E. First Street
Merrill, WI 54452; 715-536-8311; Ken.email@example.com.