But you know a big reason why compliance is so problematic?
Because the streets are so crappy for people on bike and on skateboard! (If you're reading here, of course you know - even the police don't bike in the streets and, ironically, they model all the wrong practices.)
|Kids on Center Street at Cottage violating the law|
But where should they be instead?
But instead we create an exquisitely calibrated double-bind: Since biking on the sidewalk is prohibited, we force you to contend with two-ton armored personnel carriers. Don't feel like contending with machines that will kill you? Violate the law on the sidewalk - and maybe get tased.
Either way you're punished.
|on downtown sidewalks and streets|
But through the City's Downtown Mobility Study, there's already a set of recommendations soon to be adopted formally into the Transportation System Plan.
|10 year vision: Sharrows on Union and Winter, bike lanes on|
High and Church, two-way conversion on cottage
Either way, though, when we create a complete street system for all downtown visitors and residents, there will be fewer opportunities for kids to get tased for ambiguous behavior in equally ambiguous zones.