Michigan Mountain Biking Association
Sortaslow wrote:So wait.... A cyclist could ride on the road in kensington helmetless, but not on their paved path? Now that's funny.
jalopy jockey wrote:Sortaslow wrote:So wait.... A cyclist could ride on the road in kensington helmetless, but not on their paved path? Now that's funny.
Just goes to show that HCMPA knows that the road is a safer place to bike than the sidewalk.
They passed this silly law after a skate boarder was killed on a downhill.
Mandatory helmet use on the Kensington bike trail is history.
By unanimous vote, the Milford Township Board of Trustees amended Jan. 16 a local ordinance to no longer require anyone operating a bike, inline skates or roller skates, or anyone utilizing a wheelchair or other wheeled device allowed on the trail to wear protective headgear.
Changing the ordinance, in effect since 1997, came at the request of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Inconsistencies between the Kensington trail and adjoining trails that don't have the rule, as well as enforcement issues, prompted park officials to ask the township to drop the regulation, according to Denise Semion, metroparks chief of communications.
Milford Township Supervisor Don Green said it also leads to consistency throughout the metropark system. “Kensington was the only metropark to have a helmet regulation,” he said.
The original rule was proposed by *beep* Shafer, former Kensington Metropark superintendent, following the 1996 death of an inline skater in the metropark.
Violators were subject to a $25 fine. Since the regulation was put in place, less than 20 tickets were issued in a typical year, Semion noted.
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