Findlay City Council’s Streets, Sidewalks & Parking Committee voted Wednesday to seek legislation that would establish a “dismount zone” on downtown Findlay sidewalks.

The new rule would affect more than bicyclists.

Skateboarding, rollerblading or riding a scooter would also be prohibited along Main Street from Lincoln Street north to the Blanchard River bridge, including parts of several streets that intersect Main Street in the downtown area.

Committee members Tim Watson, R-7, and Grant Russel, R-at-large, voted in favor of seeking council’s vote on legislation.

Councilwoman Holly Frische, R-1, who is also a member of the committee, was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

In 2017, a proposed ordinance called for banning everyone from riding a bicycle on Main Street sidewalks in an area bounded by Lincoln Street on the south and the Blanchard River bridge to the north. Under the proposal, bicyclists would have to take alleys, walk their bicycles in the downtown, or ride in the street.

Violating the rule would have been considered a minor misdemeanor and could have carried a fine up to $150.

Council, concerned with forcing bicyclists off the sidewalk during the heavy street construction along Main Street last year, decided to wait.

Many downtown businesses want bicyclists off the sidewalks, saying bicycle riders create a dangerous situation for pedestrians and a growing number of sidewalk diners.

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