Committee Recommends New Standard For Speed On City Sidewalks

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - It's called a more practical approach to controlling how fast people can bicycle on city sidewalks - and another step in making the Capital City more bicycle friendly.

The Topeka City Council's Public Health and Safety Committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend doing away with a five-mile-per hour speed limit for bicycles riding on sidewalks. It would be replaced with requiring "reasonable and prudent" speed.

Councilwoman Karen Hiller proposed the change, saying the current ordinance was unenforceable.

Cycling advocate Andy Fry was among those applauding the change as a step in making the community more bike-friendly. He says citizens and community leaders are working to make positive changes in Topeka's bicycling infrastructure. He says part of that includes better road markings and bicycle routes. However, he says it's also important to make ordinances related to bicycling as easy and understandable as possible to grasp for the public who might just be starting out in the activity.

The full council now must approve the change.