Downtown ordinance violators


I took the photo of motorcycle last night at about 8 pm last night. It has been parked in front of the First National Bank of Northfield since Monday morning. It's still there as of 6:30 am this morning.

8 am update: the cycle is gone.

I took the photo of the three boys skateboarding and biking on the sidewalk at the intersection of Division and 2nd St. last night at about the same time.

The City of Northfield's municipal code is searchable via a service called Municode. I found references to the above violations in the City's code.Sec. 78-137. Bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates and skate boards prohibited in certain areas.
No person shall ride a bicycle, roller skates, in-line skates or skateboard upon the sidewalk within the business district bounded on the north by Second Street, on the south by Seventy Street, on the east by Washington Street and on the west by Water Street, or on the east and west side of the river walkway or pedestrian bridge.
(Code 1986,


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Griff,

You're quite right about sidewalk riding being prohibited, but I'm bothered by the sign on the lightpole. It says " . . . in the downtown area" not "on the sidewalk." If you're a visitor or newly arrived, you could easily interpret the sign as meaning you can't ride your bicycle downtown, clearly not a message we want to deliver. In fact, there is a plaque on the wall of our City Council chambers acknowledging Northfield as a "bicycle-friendly city."

We need a sign downtown that gives a more accurate message.

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