Ordinance looks to expand biking areas and reduce damage

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) —  An ordinance would prohibit bicycles, roller skates, and skateboards on sidewalks, and pocket parks in the area bounded by 4th Street, 11th Street, SW Jackson and SE Quincy Streets.

The city ordinance would substantially reduce the prohibited area downtown to 4th, 11th, SW Jackson and SE Quincy. The prohibition would include roller skating and skateboarding on sidewalks, public parking facilities and pocket parks. City leaders are also aware that skateboarding has damaged some of the amenities in at least one pocket park.

“With a couple of new pocket parks there’s been some damage and we put a considerable amount of investment in downtown,” says Downtown Topeka Incorporated’s Vince Frye. “We just want to protect that investment as well.”

Currently the only areas reserved for bikes and pedestrians include the top of Oakland Unit levee and the Shunga Trail.

It would expand the area to include all multi-use paths identified in the Topeka Bikeways Master Plan.

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