Biking Safety Effort

You’ve probably seen the early efforts in teaching bicyclists about safety and where it’s okay to ride in Kirksville. The effort, spearheded by Kirksville police, has resulted in warning notices being painted on the sidewalks downtown, and other measures.

Recently, Public Works painted red “No biking” signs on downtown sidewalks and intersections that are included in the “No biking” zones as established by city ordinance. That downtown district is bordered by Marion, Jefferson, Main and Missouri streets. However, police caution bike riders they shouldn’t be on sidewalks elsewhere, either. It’s a question of safety. A bicycle is a vehicle, and you should ride it on the street where vehicles go. Police say they will be more vigilant in enforcing the city’s bicycle ordinances, but they are starting out this program with an education focus rather than a focus on writing tickets.