Garden City voters passed one of the two initiatives on the Tuesday ballot, prompting the bicycling advocates to issue the following press release.
Attorney T. J. Angstman said, “The passage of Initiative B renders the bike ban in Garden City void, effective immediately”, as it states that the People of Garden City ‘believe that all forms of non-motorized transportation should be allowed on all portions of the Garden City Greenbelt system’ along the river. The Initiative further states that restrictions on non-motorized traffic on the greenbelt, such as
the bike ban, are “void and of no effect unless such restrictions are ratified by a majority of the citizens of Garden City in a properly conducted referendum vote.”
Now that Initiative B has passed, Garden City must remove the signage indicating that bicycles are banned on this section of the greenbelt. If the City intends to overturn the voters’ decision to lift the bike ban a referendum must be held, either at a special election or the next general election. It is now time for the Garden City Council and Mayor to accept their obligations to the public as it relates to this path, including acknowledgment by the City that the cost of making the path “safe” has nothing to do with bicycles and that paving is not necessary to make the
But the DAILY PAPER quotes the mayor with a different twist.
“Whether or not people understood all the minutiae of these initiatives, the point is they rejected the appeal of the ban (on bicycles),” Garden City Mayor John Evans said Wednesday.
“Not only did they endorse the status quo, but they don’t want the status quo changed unless they change it,” he said, referring to the passage of Initiative B.
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