Bicycle ban in De Soto, KS, “re-discussed”

The De Soto Explorer is covering the next step in the De Soto Bicycle Ban case.

De Soto has banned bicycling on 83rd Street through the city for over a decade.  It is one of the few roads or streets in all of Kansas and Missouri with a bicycle ban.  It is the only city we know of that bans bicycles from a considerable length of road without any realistic alternative routes available.

(Several cities in Missouri ban bicycles on a few blocks of the downtown area, most likely in response to teen-age bike-riding troublemakers at some point in history.)

According to the Explorer:

[T]he council . . . heard nearly an hour’s worth of feedback from De Soto citizens regarding the council’s decision to life the bicycle ban on 83rd Street.

Several members of the public came forward during the call to the public to voice complaints with the decision the council made, many citing their opinion that opening the road to cyclists will make an already dangerous road even more so.

“This is a major public safety issue now,” said former city councilman Tim Maniez. “There’s no room on that road for vehicles and bicycles, there’s no place to go if something goes wrong.” . . .