This seems unbelieveably idiotic to me.
for - Saturday, September 08, 2007
New Llano man concerned about possible bicycle ban
By KELLY MOORE/Staff Writer
Curtis Scott of New Llano rides his bicycle to work every day. If new Llano passes the “no wheels” ordinance he will have to walk.
NEW LLANO - New Llano resident, Curtis Scott is concerned that banning bicycles will do more harm than good when it comes to the people of New Llano.
Scott has lived in New Llano since 2006 and is currently employed at Spirit's West. His only mode of transportation is his bicycle that he rides to and from work and anywhere else he needs to go.
Originally from Baton Rouge Scott moved to New Llano when his daughter and son-in-law were stationed at Fort Polk and his son-in-law was deployed.
“I decided to stay because it is a good place to live. There is low crime and it is just a good place to live,” Scott said.
Scott described how he learned about the proposed ban.
“I was at my house when my roommate told me that I wasn't going to be able to ride my bike to work anymore. I thought they were just talking so I didn't put much thought into it. Then when I got to my job one of my coworkers asked me what I was going to do about coming to work and I learned that New Llano was trying to pass that you can't ride you bike, skateboard or roller-skate anywhere in town,” Scott said.
Scott asked that if the reason to ban wheels is because of the vandalism that is going on in the park why don't the police put a man on foot patrol to catch the people who are causing the damage.
“You don't have to punish everyone just because some people are up to no good. Arrest, fine or punish those people and leave everyone else alone,” Scott said.
“Laws like these are what gives a town a bad name. Just think of all of the kids who aren't going to be able to go out and play now. There are a lot of older people who like to ride their bikes for leisure and many of these people probably choose to live in New Llano because it is a small town and there is low crime.
It normally takes Scott 10 minutes to ride to work, longer if it is raining. If the ban passes he will be forced to walk to work which will double his travel time.
Now when Scott goes to the store he is able to manage 6-8 bags of groceries and other items while riding his bicycle. If he is forced to walk it will be difficult to manage a 20-30 minute walk loaded down with goods.
“It just doesn't seem right that the town can make me suffer for something that others are doing,” Scott said.
Scott suggested that New Llano might try and start a community watch system and to possibly have officers patrol the area more to eliminate the crime, without eliminating the wheels.
“It is wrong to try and punish everyone for what just a few are guilty of doing. I understand that something needs to be done, but taking the rights of the people who voted you into office away is not the right thing,” Scott said.
Scott said that he is planning to attend the public hearing concerning the ordinance on Sept. 25, so he can speak out against it.