CITY HALL — A City Council committee approved a crackdown Monday on cyclists riding on Sheridan Road sidewalks.
An ordinance sponsored by Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) raising fines for riding a bike on the sidewalk between Ardmore Avenue and where Sheridan turns west into Devon Avenue passed the Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Monday. Fines for getting caught riding on the sidewalk there would rise from $50 to $250.
Osterman and Sheridan Road residents have complained that stretch sees heightened violations of riding a bike on the sidewalk because the lakefront bike path ends at Ardmore, and Sheridan's busy traffic chases cyclists off the road.
"These residents deserve safe, open sidewalks," Osterman has said.
The proposed ordinance passed the committee Monday and heads to the full City Council for passage Wednesday. It would take effect 10 days later.