Sidewalk Biking on Orange Avenue - Liability for City?

It's Sunday morning just before noon and I just watched an adult riding his bike on the sidewalk in front of Starbucks run down a little girl. And the cyclist and his female companion, who was also riding her bike on the sidewalk, was absolutely indignant that the kid's parents would let their daughter unsupervised on the sidewalk.

Why is it the "I'm entitled" attitude has become so accepted and our local law enforcement turns a blind eye to this? Yeah, this is a quaint little place and riding bikes, skateboards and scooters along Orange seems inviting and harmless enough. And at some times of the day perhaps it is. But in spite of this, and having being born and raised here and now raising two kids here, I would NEVER consider this sort of behavior. It's rude, inconsiderate and potentially dangerous.

I predict it will not be long before this inattention and lack of proactive enforcement becomes a front-burner liability for the city.

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Comment by Jeanette Keenan on January 22, 2012 at 3:05pm

I am so tired of the posted signs being  ignored. I hope the poor child is okay. I have almost been hit a million times walking by myself or with my dog. Enough is enough. There should be no riding on the sidewalks anywhere! Period.  If you don't want to ride your bike on Orange, then please take a side street. Also stop signs are not optional.... Our police department needs to start ticketing and be sure that everyone is educated on the rules.

Comment by TR on January 22, 2012 at 4:00pm

Where was the officer that arrested the Sandman...

Comment by Lynne Keepers on January 22, 2012 at 4:05pm

I feel like I'm the only one who doesn't ride on sidewalks and stops at stop signs (I know it's not true) but I don't see anyone else stopping.  Please parents teach your children the true rules of bicycle riding, instead of your bad habits.

Comment by Rick Cordova on January 22, 2012 at 4:11pm

I find it hard to believe that those bicyclist would act in such a way when they are already breaking the law by riding their bicycle on the sidewalk and when it's their responsibility at bicyclist to be aware of where they are riding and who's around. Coronado is supposed to be a place where bicyclists, motorist, and pedestrians are able to live together without quarrel. That is why there are signs posted to prevent events like this from happening. When I use to ride my bike down to Orange, I got annoyed because I would have to walk my bike on the side walk, but events like these make it more apparent that these signs should not be ignored, and if they are, the police should be there to enforce it by ticketing them. On another point that was made, there should be a way where people can get more educated on how to ride their bicycles in Coronado. Uneducated and unaware bicyclist are the usual culprits in accidents with motorist and pedestrians.

Comment by Barbara Doulas on January 22, 2012 at 4:19pm
I am a cyclist, but never would ride on sidewalks. I have dodged cycles while walking on Orange and other Coronado streets. I wish the community would enforce no riding of any kind on sidewalks.
Comment by Sandy Barkhurst on January 22, 2012 at 4:42pm

This is a pet peeve of mine! Why isn't this law enforced?? If you say something to the offender, he or she is usually quite indignant that you would say anything. My other peeve is people who walk against the red light. How often have I had that 3 second green light at 10th & Orange only to have someone walk in front of me!!! Grrrr....  I once asked someone who was hurrying her child across Orange on a red light what she thought she was teaching her child!


Comment by Karen Bland on January 22, 2012 at 6:17pm

Not to be the devil's advocate...but maybe there should be a bike lane so people riding bikes don't feel like they're taking their life in their hands by trying to navigate on Orange with the cars, parked and moving. I ride with my 2 year old in an infant seat and try to stay off of Orange...there's not enough room for bikes and cars. I don't blame those who use the sidewalks...just do it carefully.

Comment by Karen Bland on January 22, 2012 at 6:26pm

P.S. I think the police would be put to better use by stopping the petty theft and teen drug use that is rampant around the island.

Comment by Cris Bernick on January 22, 2012 at 6:51pm

Evidently...the police are powerless against the powers of the public. I HUGE irritation to me. I see it so often and the kids especially, have no respect when told there is no bike riding on the sidewalk. PLUS, the parents who teach their kids that they dont need to obey the law!

Comment by Jeanette Keenan on January 22, 2012 at 6:56pm

A bike lane would be great but to say that riding on the sidewalk is okay so long as you do it carefully is careless. Do we drive our cars down the sidewalk? No, as we all know that this is against that law. I don't blame anyone for not wanting to ride on Orange but if that is the case then either walk or take a side street. If we started handing out hefty tickets, maybe we could afford to hire more police to take care of other crime.


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