Council Changes Sidewalk Speed Restriction For Bicycles

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka has a new standard for how fast people can bicycle on the city sidewalks where bicycling is allowed.

At their meeting Tuesday night, city council members voted to replace the current five mile-per-hour speed limit with a new "reasonable and prudent" restriction.

The vote was seven to two, with Chad Manspeaker and Michelle De La Isla voting no.

Supporters say the speed limit was unenforceable and the change will make the city more bicycle friendly. But De La Isla says the new restriction also seems unenforceable, adding whether it meant the city would need to have police officers patrol the sidewalks.

De La Isla says she supports bicycling in the city and enjoys the pasttime herself, but she sees a need for overall cycling and pedestrian education.

Also Tuesday night, council members elected their deputy mayor.

District 4 representative Denise Everhart won out over District 1 representative Karen Hiller. The vote was five to four vote.

The deputy mayor makes committee assignments and presides over council meetings in the mayor's absence.

Posted by Melissa Brunner