Comment 40125

By Michelle Martin (registered) - website | Posted April 25, 2010 at 02:06:49

Kids should be able to ride on the sidewalk, just as long as they know that pedestrians always have the right of way.

And kids under 13 are allowed to, as they should be. Kids over that age should be in a bike lane, for everyone's sake. Bear in mind that sidewalks aren't only for people on foot-- they are also for people on motorized scooters or in wheelchairs, and people with canes or walkers. Once teenagers hit the teenage years, their bikes should be in a bike lane, in order to meet the needs of others who may also need to use sidewalks. It's all about balancing...

Models like those put forth by Complete Streets have been shown to work. Why do some people lump those of us who argue for a complete streets model together as some bunch of activists who are out to divorce others from their income by arguing for programs that cost tax dollars? Do they not see that more exercise and independence along with safe transportation routes for motivated young people means less health care spending and less social services spending, ultimately?

Comment edited by Michelle Martin on 2010-04-25 01:12:02

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