Lincoln Police cracking down on those riding bikes on downtown sidewalks

LINCOLN, Neb. – Lincoln Police are cracking down on bicycles on downtown sidewalks.

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According to LPD, the department has increased an effort to prohibit bikes being ridden on sidewalks downtown.

"You don't have to go to court; you don't have to pay a fine, but were trying to educate the bicycling public that you can not ride your bicycles in downtown Lincoln."

LPD said the new enforcement project started earlier this week, and as of now, officers are just warnings. However, citations will be given out eventually.

"You don't have to go to court; you don't have to pay a fine," Lincoln Police Center Team Captain Don Scheinost said, "But we're trying to educate the bicycling public that you can not ride your bicycles in downtown Lincoln."

Police also said with a pilot program for electronic scooters coming to Lincoln in the coming months, driving those on the sidewalks in downtown Lincoln will also be prohibited.

Scheinost said, "Those bicycle lanes we have in downtown Lincoln. Clearly, those are the safest avenues of transportation we have in downtown Lincoln."

Jason Strohbehn said he's biked thousand of miles in Lincoln and is happy LPD is strictly enforcing this law. "We understand the law. It's designed to keep pedestrians safe," Strohbehn said.

BikeLNK manager said Jamie Granquist she bikes the Billy Wolff Trail to work every day.

"It's an amazing city to bike in," Granquist said, "There's a reason you have rules in a city the size of Lincoln; it's to keep everybody safe."

While she wants to see more people use bike paths, she would like the city to do more to inform cyclists.

Granquist said, "I would like to see a little more education on the aspect of the public and expecting cyclists to be there but also expecting cyclists are expected to follow the rules."

LPD expects some drivers to be upset when stuck behind bikes and scooters downtown. It also recommends all bicyclists wear helmets and use arm signals when on the road.