Richard Ramos for City Council!
A group of 30 motivated young Allentown residents, and a few of their adult supporters, got City Council on Wednesday night to promise to take a second look at bike and skateboard restrictions it enacted as part of a quality-of-life initiative [...]
Richard Ramos, 16 of Allen Street organized a bike march to City Council Wednesday, bringing 29 friends to protest the restrictions.
“A city without kids riding bikes on the sidewalk wouldnt’ be a city,” he said.
Ramos said the city could also use a downtown skateboard park, to give skateboarders a place to go. He suggested Stevens Park at Sixth and Tilghman Streets.
I’m not sure about the wisdom of riding on sidewalks, but the city should definitely go through with the Safe Routes to School/Connecting Our Communities bike lane plan that would give cyclists and skateboarders their own lane, and slow car traffic on Linden and Turner.
A downtown skate park is an excellent idea, as I’ve argued on here before.
It’s great to see these kids getting involved in the political process even though they can’t vote. Just because they’re young doesn’t mean they don’t have legitimate political interests that should be taken seriously. “Quality of life” to them means being able to get around safely and conveniently even though they can’t drive, having access to good clean fun activities close to home, etc.
(Thanks: Scott Kraus)