- Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A new law in Charleston is making the city’s narrow sidewalks a bit less cluttered.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that (https://bit.ly/1kW36k0 ) last year city council approved a one-year program prohibiting people from locking bikes to trees, sign posts and parking meters in the busy King Street shopping district.

Those with bicycles must park them in bike racks along the street.

The program seems to be working. Since November, the city has confiscated almost 200 illegally parks bikes and owners had to pay $45 each to get them back.

Police Sgt. Heath King says the sidewalks are more open and businesses love it.

Tom Bradford, director of the advocacy group Charleston Moves, says he hopes the city can keep up with the bicycle parking demand.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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