Technically, it's illegal to bike on the city's sidewalks. But many bicycle riders ignore this rule--no surprise, given the measly $25 fine and slack enforcement by police.
Enter North Side alderman Mary Ann Smith (48th), who just renewed a controversial ordinance that hits bikers who ride on the sidewalks along Sheridan Road with a hefty $250 fine. Bikes may also be temporarily disabled with the equivalent of a wheel-locking Denver boot. Read more about it in my column.
So, what do you think?
Is the ordinance unfair to bikers, or is it necessary to protect elderly pedestrians who live along Sheridan Road.