Bicycle Sidewalk Safety In Valdosta

By: Eames Yates Email
By: Eames Yates Email

Valdosta, GA - Folks riding their bikes on the sidewalk in Valdosta could soon get stopped by police.

Aaron Kirk, Valdosta Police Department: "Due to some recent concerns and complaints from some of the citizens especially in the downtown area where they've been coming in and out of a business and are almost run over by someone riding a bicycle on the street or on the sidewalk and had to jump out of the way of the bicycle, they were concerned someone was going to get injured."

A summons for riding your bike on the sidewalk costs 112 dollars.

Press Release: Valdosta Police Department

Due to recent citizen concerns about several close calls involving collisions between pedestrians and persons riding bicycles, the Valdosta Police Department (VPD) would like to remind the citizens of Valdosta that there is a City Ordinance (8-1014), making it unlawful for persons to ride a bicycle or similar type vehicle on any sidewalk in the downtown area.

There is also a Georgia State Law (40-6-144) that makes it unlawful to drive any vehicle (which includes bicycles) on a sidewalk or sidewalk area except on a permanent or duly authorized driveway. VPD officers are being directed to enforce these laws in an effort to protect the safety of our citizens.

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