Excerpts from the no-longer-existent Whitsend.org feature called The Odyssey Times.
Times Staff Writer
Odyssey police announced Wednesday that they will begin watching the sidewalks more closely for bicyclists, roller-bladers, and skateboard riders. Motivated to action by the recent increase in sidewalk injuries, law enforcement officers will now give warnings to riders for their first offense and assign fines for every violation after that.
“A few people around Odyssey have gotten hurt from careless riders,” said Chief Quinn. “The sidewalks should be a safe place where people don’t have to worry about dodging fast-moving bikes.” Quinn cited an incident a few weeks ago where a young rider ran into a pedestrian. The pedestrian’s leg was broken and the bike was a complete mess. Quinn declined comment on the identities of either of the people.
Mark Ouray, president of the local We Like to Bike Hike club expressed disappointment over the move. “There’s no denying that biking on sidewalks can be dangerous to people walking,” he said. “But I think it’s safer for younger kids to ride on the sidewalk if they’re very careful. Some roads in Odyssey are pretty busy and I’d be concerned about young kids riding on them.”