WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The ordinance for the bicycle ban in Ash Street Park that was tabled at the July 1 meeting, was reintroduced at Monday night’s special council meeting.
If passed, the ordinance would prohibit bikes and other two-wheeled vehicles from entering into Ash Park. The ordinance states that the abundance of these types of vehicles interfere with the safety of children, senior citizens and other members of the community. Those failing to abide with the ordinance would face a fine of not less than $25 and not more than $100.
Jean Langley of Ash Street said the park is a walking park. She is worried someone will get seriously hurt from the bikes. She added that senior citizens walk for their health, and appealed to council saying “please don’t take that away from us.”
Allan Mago, of Willow Street, voiced his opinion that bikes should be allowed in the park. He asked council if they “want kids to ride in the street” and further questioned “Why hasn’t anything been done about the piece of plywood that remains in a nearby park on Willow Street?”
Mago suggested bikes could be allowed only after a certain time when children are off from school.
Township Attorney Bruce Phillips said he is concerned for the safety of the senior citizens and that the park has always been there strictly for walking and that “we don’t want kids riding bikes when seniors are walking the track.”
The ordinance will be brought up for a vote at the September work session.