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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Police After Bicyclists

The following story appeared in The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Friday, May 25, 1906.

The police are hot on the trail of bicyclists of the city who persist in violating the ordinance on this city relative to riding uppon the sidewalk. Coplaints have been coming in thick and fast for the last few days and they cover pretty near all the wards in the city, being especially thick from Chicago avenue (now Michigan AVe.)and River street, and streets about the Normal (now EMU). On Chicago avenue the grade is very steep and particularly inviting to coast on, so the cyclists indulge to the danage of themselfs, pedestrains and to the childern who live upon the street, until the residents have felt that somethingshould be done.

Already the names of several of the offenders have been secured, but the people making complaint do not care to go to the court room as witnesses, so they wil not be arrested until the offense is witnessed by some member of the police, all of whom are watching very closely to catch the offenders in the act.

The offense besides being a dangerous one is more serous haen one would at first think. Section 2 of ordinance 72 says that 'No person or persons shall ride any bicycle or other vehicle on the sidewalk within the limits of the city of Ypsilanti,' and section 8 says that any person violating will be fined not to exceed $50. or confined not less than ninety days in the county jail.

Several complaints have also been made about childern with speed carts riding down the sidewalk at breakneck speed. While the disposition of the complainants is not to put a stop to this practice entirely, they feel that parents should be more careful about restricting their childern about riding so fast, and should see to it that their instructions are carried out.

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