- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - San Jose cyclists who take refuge from traffic by riding on sidewalks may soon lose that option.

The City Council is poised to vote on a downtown ban on riding bikes on sidewalks Tuesday.

The vote comes after a year and a half of talks with seniors, cyclists and downtown businesses and on the recommendation of city transportation officials. And it comes despite frequent attempts to get its car-happy citizens to ride bikes more often.

Mayor-elect Sam Liccardo who supports a limited ban tells the San Jose Mercury-News (https://bit.ly/1A5xAVY) the issue has been contentious but some move is necessary because pedestrians don’t feel safe walking their own sidewalks.

Most major cities either limit or ban sidewalk biking including San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, https://www.mercurynews.com

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