Letter: Downtown workers need opportunity to bike safely, and legally, to their jobs
Should Rochester expand bike lanes or bike trails? I don't think the question should be asked as an either/or question. I think Rochester should be doing both.
One of the problems I face as a member of the Senior Center is the difficulty of getting in the main entrance when someone uses the sidewalk for bike riding. These riders are not casual riders, but appear to be on their way to downtown jobs. Since Broadway does not have any bike lanes, they must feel safer on the sidewalk.
I called the Rochester city clerk's office and was told it is not legal for bikes to be ridden on the sidewalks in the downtown area. However, the rule does not seem to be enforced.
I do think people should be able to bike safely to work downtown, but they need bike lanes to enable them to get there on the streets. They also need a safe place to park their bikes once they get to work.
Mary Pat Adams