Bicycling is no longer permitted on the sidewalk in one of Carmel’s busiest areas.
The Carmel City Council approved an ordinance amendment July 6 that prohibits bicycling on the sidewalk along Main Street between 1st Ave. East and 4th Ave. West. Bicyclists must walk their bikes if they choose to remain on the sidewalk in this area.
Councilor Sue Finkam said residents asked for the prohibition after feeling unsafe while dining outdoors at restaurants on Main Street. The sidewalk runs between the outdoor dining area and restaurant building in much of the area.
First-year councilor Adam Aasen, whose family owns Donatello’s Italian Restaurant on Main Street, said he is thankful the city finally addressed the issue.
“As a business owner on Main Street, I can attest this isn’t just a few bikes every now and then. This is happening on a regular basis,” he said. “We’ve been there 10 years, and it’s always been an issue.”
Violators may be fined up to $10 for a first offense, $25 for a second offense and $100 for subsequent offenses.