Safety is the message that the Lincoln Police Department is trying
to convey, and they are putting some teeth in it. Lincoln Police
Chief Stuart Erlenbush said that this is an issue that they get
continual calls about.
Erlenbush has ordered his officers to issue tickets. He said, "It
doesn't matter whether it is a child or an adult, we're issuing
tickets that are $75 for riding at night without lights." He
clarified, "My big concern, obviously, is the safety of the person
on the bicycle, plus the impact that it could have on a driver that
hits a bicyclist and kills them or injures them severely."
"The bottom line is, there's no tolerance. If we see a bicycle
out without a light, they get a ticket," he said.
The city ordinance on bicycle regulations states that a bicycle
in use at nighttime shall have a lamp on the front that is a white
light that can be seen for at least 500 feet. It must also have a
red tail reflector visible in front of upper beam headlights at a
distance up to 300 feet.
See the full bicycle safety regulations for the city of Lincoln.
[By JAN YOUNGQUIST]
(See the right-hand column for an additional note
from the editor-in-chief.)
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from the editor-in-chief
Parents, we urge you to sit
down and review all the city bicycle regulations with
your children. Discuss these rules and the importance of
safety practices with your children.
This very real risk to life
was brought home here in Logan County just a year ago
when a young man was killed riding after dark on
Nicholson Road. That rider had been witnessed in the
past not having proper lighting after dark. Not only is
he now gone too soon, but also his family and the driver
of the vehicle suffered great anguish.
Let's do everything we can
to not let this happen to your family or in our
Be wise yourself, and
communicate safe practices to your children. Set your
own, possibly more restrictive limitations and
expectations for your children, and know where your
children are at all times.