At a regular meeting on Aug. 15, the Maywood Board of Trustees will likely approve a code amendment that prohibits anyone over the age of 12 from riding bicycles, hover boards, skateboards and other wheeled devices on sidewalks in the village’s downtown area, which is considered the stretch of 5th Ave., from Quincy to Lake. Wheelchairs will be exempted from the new ordinance.
At an Aug. 9 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting where the proposed amendment was discussed, the village board unanimously voted to pass the measure to a regular meeting for final approval.
Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley said that he had a run-in with a person riding a bicycle on the sidewalk.
“I stopped the guy,” he said. “They were riding down to [Lake Liquor] and they don’t pay attention. With the installation of our train station and the commuter traffic, by having people on the sidewalks it only causes a lot of difficulties.”
Talley said that his officers will try to motivate people to ride their bicycles on the Prairie Path. As part of the code amendment, village staff is required to post signs in the prohibited area that notify the public of the restrictions.
“As we try to grow our downtown, pedestrian traffic will be safe and [pedestrians] will be able to walk without being molested by bicycles,” Talley said. VFP