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Edmond amends bicycle ordinance

Edmond amends its bicycle ordinance, which was first written in 1954. City law is now stricter than Oklahoma state law. Violators can be fined up to $500.
BY DIANA BALDWIN Modified: April 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm •  Published: April 6, 2011

Edmond Police Department Lt. Chuck Linhardt has traveled more than 7,000 miles on his bicycle, just for fun.

He occasionally rides his bicycle on the job at the Edmond Police Department. Through the years, Linhardt, a 30-year veteran officer, has written many tickets to people violating the bicycle laws in Edmond.

Linhardt said he thinks he might be writing more tickets to bicyclists after city leaders recently amended the bicycle ordinance. The new, stricter rules go into effect April 27.

“I don't want to write tickets to anyone,” Linhardt said. “That is why we are trying to get an early start for a safe riding season and forever more.”

Linhardt and members of the Edmond Bicycle Committee started looking at changing the city ordinance last year after bicyclist Alan Spencer was hit on July 17 by a motorist in the 12500 block of Midwest Boulevard. Then, Oklahoma City bicyclist Clyde Riggs was hit the next day in the 5200 block of E Britton Road. Both men died.

Edmond council members on March 28 unanimously adopted amendments to the ordinance, which was originally written in 1954.

The new Edmond ordinance is now stricter than Oklahoma state law. In Edmond, drivers can get a ticket if they don't stay three feet away when passing a bicycle, whether there is an accident or not. State law requires the three-foot rule, but there must be an accident before a ticket can be issued.

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