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City bans bikes in College Hill Park

December 02, 2012|By Sia Nyorkor | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(WICHITA, Kan.) — A warm December day brought out many people to enjoy a bike ride---but not in College Hill Park.

Some complained about aggressive riders, so the city put up signs---enforcing an old ordinance and making it illegal to ride bicycles in the park.

"I refuse to. I thought they can ticket my 4 year-old, I will fight it in court, I don't mind," says Becky Hale, a College Hill resident.

Hale and her family have been biking around the park for more than 6 years. She says heavy traffic on the main streets aren't safe for cycling.

"We come here and I can see them all throughout the park and I can go at my own pace and not worry about where they are," she says.

Celia Gorlich says she's run into some of those "not-so-nice riders."

"I was with the dogs once at about dusk and they came up behind us really fast, coming up on the grass and yes, it startled me and terrified my dogs and that annoys me because it's not necessary," says Gorlich.

But she doesn't support the ban. 

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Apparently some are so angry, they're showing their frustration in other ways.

The Parks and Recreation department has replaced all 7 signs in the park because of vandalism.

Many park-goers hope there's a compromise before anyone---or anything else, gets hurt.

"It's part of our neighborhood too and we have just as much right to be able to ride our bicycles and as long as we're not vandalizing or hurting or being obstructive to anyone else's walk then we have just as much right to participate as anyone else," says Hale.

Wichita bans bikes in College Hill Park
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