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City installs new bike-friendly signs

Posted: August 13, 2009 11:53 a.m.
Updated: August 13, 2009 12:54 p.m.

One of the new cautionary "WALK BIKE" signs posted at the intersection of Cinema Drive and Valencia Boulevard is a part of the city's new Non-Motorized Transportation Plan.

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To better accommodate the needs of the local cycling community, the city of Santa Clarita recently replaced all "WALK BIKE" regulatory signs with cautionary warning signs.

Now, cyclists who choose to ride bikes through local affected intersections no longer run the risk of receiving a traffic citation for "WALK BIKE" violations.

The new yellow-on-black signs, installed as part of the city's Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, serve as cautionary warnings to local experienced cyclists who choose to ride bicycles through local intersections.

The new cautionary signs replace previous white-on-black "WALK BIKE" regulatory signs, which indicated that cyclists who did not walk bikes through affected intersections could be penalized with traffic citations for violations.

"The city received a great deal of feedback from the local cycling community experiencing difficulty in complying with the regulatory signs due to cycling shoes and gear," Mayor Frank Ferry said.

"After careful consideration, the city replaced the regulatory signs with warning signs, allowing cyclists to choose to walk or ride bicycles through intersections where bicycle paths cross streets, without the risk of citation. The city continues to remind cyclists traveling on off-street trails to be aware and use caution while riding on city streets and interacting with motor vehicles."

The city's Non-Motorized Transportation Plan seeks to boost pedestrian and cycling travel to ease traffic congestion through numerous structural and regulatory endeavors.

The plan also encourages transit use, equestrian travel and future decreases in motor vehicle use by making it easier, safer and more enjoyable to bicylce and walk as general means of transportation in the city of Santa Clarita.

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