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Pasadena wants to steer cyclists from sidewalks to the streets

May 20, 2010 |  8:18 am

Bike week begins Thursday in Pasadena. There are a variety of events scheduled around the city, including workshops, group rides, parties, bike-to-work programs and even a history of cycling in the city.

But Pasadena officials are also using the week to try to encourage most cyclists not to use sidewalks.

Police and city officials said they are concerned about the number of cyclists who drive on sidewalks because they feel safer there than on the streets. Officials say the cyclists can cause their own safety problems as they dart by pedestrians and sidewalk cafes.

"We're trying to change those attitudes," Rich Dilluvio, a Pasadena transportation planner told the Pasadena Star-News. "We're trying to create alternate routes where people would feel more comfortable. But it's difficult and it's a natural reaction for some riders to feel safer in the sidewalk."

Dilluvio told the paper the city does not want a total ban on bikes on sidewalks because officials still want to allow parents to teach their young kids how to bike there. The solution, they said, lies in adding more bike lanes and encouraging bikers at events like Bike Week to use the streets.

-- Shelby Grad