Valdosta Daily Times

August 21, 2013

Valdosta police to enforce bicycle sidewalk laws

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — To avoid downtown collisions between pedestrians and bicyclists, the Valdosta Police Department issued a reminder Tuesday of a 30-year-old city ordinance.

Signed by former Mayor Ernest Nijem, the April 7, 1983, ordinance reads, “It shall be unlawful to operate any bicycle or similar type vehicle on any sidewalk in the downtown area of the City of Valdosta, bounded as follows: Rogers Street on the North; Branch Street on the South; Toombs Street on the West; and Lee Street on the East; or as designated by the Chief of Police.”

The VPD issued the reminder following “recent citizen concerns about several close calls involving collisions between pedestrians and persons riding bicycles,” according to a statement released Tuesday.

“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,” according to the police department. “VPD officers are being directed to enforce these laws in an effort to protect the safety of our citizens.”