By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE — Resident Amanda Jafer doesn’t like that people can’t ride their bicycles in Bishop Park, but she likes that the City Council amended the city’s bicycle ordinance to allow people to walk their bikes.
Mayor Joseph Peterson said at Monday’s City Council meeting he received “numerous phone calls” from residents and visitors to the city asking for allowance to walk their bicycles in Bishop Park. The council unanimously approved the amendment.
The ordinance, before being amended, banned people from riding, carrying or any possession of a bicycle in the park. Peterson said bicycles are costly and many people were not comfortable leaving their two-wheel transportation unattended while they walked in the park.
Peterson said pursuant of the city’s strategic plan, the goal is to enhance the quality of life for residents; therefore he recommended amending the ordinance to allow walking bicycles in all city parks.
“It just makes good sense,” resident Malcom Wright said. “This park is a great asset to the city. Keeping bicycles out just doesn’t make sense.
“I never heard of anyone having their bike stolen,” Wright said, “but I’m glad they are amending the rule.”
(Tereasa Nims can be reached at [email protected].)