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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Columbus - Other portions of city code for bikes would change

* Bicycles would be allowed on sidewalks under the related changes designed to clean up inconsistencies in city laws.

Helmets for kids weren't the only changes proposed to Columbus rules on bicycles.

In addition to requiring that those age 17 or younger wear helmets while operating bicycles or other non-motorized vehicles, the ordinance proposed by Councilwoman Charleta Tavares, chairwoman of council's Health, Housing and Human Services Committee, would allow bicyclists on sidewalks.

Lara Baker, chief prosecutor for the city of Columbus, said after she was asked to look at the helmet law, she saw "inconsistencies in the statute."

City laws "cannot be vague, cannot be conflicting," she said.

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