BAKER — The City Council has agreed to paint warning stencils on Alba and Ector drives in a test case of how to go about making motorists more aware of bicycle traffic.
The decision came after lengthy discussion Tuesday night on the proper distance between bicycle road signs and whether to erect signs in both directions for traffic in addition to the stencils.
Other streets involved in the council’s proposed bicycle safety ordinance are Brantley Drive, Debra Street, Greenwood Drive, Harrison Street, Longvue Drive, Melban Drive, Morvant Road, Oak Bend Drive, Sinbad Drive, Wimbash Drive and Woodward Street, officials said.
After the council decided to put off action on the measure, Julie McCulloch, public works director, suggested the council “revisit the streets chosen” since some may be too short or residents may object.
Rather than have the expense of installing so many signs on so many streets, it might be better to have signs on the streets entering Baker and to call it a “bike friendly city,” Police Chief Mike “Snapper” Knaps said.
“Children on bikes have every right to be on the street just like cars,” Knaps said, and drivers should allow 3 feet between the car and a cyclist.
Bicycle riders are allowed to use the full lane and must ride with traffic.
At night, riders must have a white light on the front and red light on the rear of their bikes, Knaps said.
Other matters coming before the council Tuesday night included:
CONDEMNATION: The council moved to condemn the house at 2142 Chamberlain Ave. because no action has been taken to secure a permit or hire a contractor since dilapidated conditions were reported in May.
HERITAGE MUSEUM: The museum is sponsoring a Christmas home decorating contest with a patriotic theme “Showing Our Colors — Red, White and Blue,” Director Jean Byers announced.
There is no charge to enter and cash prizes will be awarded. Entry forms are available at the museum and Chamber of Commerce office. Deadline is Dec. 5.