MOUNT VERNON — City officials have been discussing the city’s bicycle ordinance, but an expected public meeting on the issue won’t be held until the July 24 council meeting.
“We had been looking at discussing the issue at the June 26 council meeting, but because of the number of committee meetings, we decided to wait until the July meeting,” said Mayor Richard Mavis at his weekly press briefing.
“Police already have the authority to stop bicyclists for not having lights or reflectors at night,” Mavis said, “But we’ve also been talking about some kind of public relations registration campaign.”
The original purpose of looking at the bicycle ordinance was to see how the ordinance could help police in efforts to stop drug trafficking, but the city also winds up with many bicycles at the impound lot with no way to track the owners.
Sgt. Troy Glazier said there were about 110 bicycles in the last police auction of recovered bikes. They had accumulated them over a two-year period.