February 5, 2009

Marquette City Bike Ordinance

There must be a lot of bike riding happening these days.

NMU Students,

Marquette business owners and city officials have asked the university to remind students about the city ordinance against riding bicycles (as well as skateboards, roller skates and similar devices) on city sidewalks in business districts during regular business hours. Doing so is unsafe for many reasons, but becomes particularly dangerous during the winter months when sidewalks are more narrow and icy. Business owners are also concerned about bike riders being hit by doors that open out into the sidewalk. There has been an increase in the number of accidents involving bike riders on city sidewalks this year.

The city’s ordinance (Uniform Traffic Code, chapter 34, section 6) states: No person shall ride a bicycle, skateboard, roller skates, coaster or similar device on a sidewalk in the City of Marquette in the following business districts, except between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays: Washington Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and Seventh Street; Third Street between Fair Avenue and Baraga Avenue; and Front Street between Ridge Street and Baraga Avenue.

To comply with the ordinance, please dismount from your bike (skateboard or other travel device) when using city sidewalks in these business areas during business hours. If you have questions about this ordinance, please contact the City of Marquette Police at 228-0400. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Cindy Paavola
NMU Director of Communications and Marketing

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