Saltsburg Considers Skate Park

By Delfavero, Gina | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 6, 2008 | Go to article overview

Saltsburg Considers Skate Park


Delfavero, Gina, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


SALTSBURG -- A possible bike/skate park for the Saltsburg community was a hot topic at Monday night's regular borough council meeting, thanks to the attendance of four concerned youth--Brett Simons, Tyler Muldowney, Nick Zerebick and Mike Hoak.

The four addressed council with the intent of clearing up their uncertainty about bike riding rules in the borough.

Simons told council, "We're here on the bike issue. We've had some problems with cops, riding on the main street, and we're confused on the issue of riding on the road."

Said another of the teens, "We're trying to figure something out so we don't get in trouble so much."

Council president Elizabeth Rocco commended the four for bringing the issue before the board, stating, "I'm pleased you felt comfortable enough to come talk to us.

Rocco expressed her own concerns to the group, noting she's seen several children around their age riding their bikes on the sidewalk and getting as close to pedestrians as they can, in a dangerous game similar to "chicken".

"Sidewalks aren't the place to ride bikes. That's why we posted signs," Rocco said. "I don't want to see any of you kids getting in trouble, and your safety is important to us, too."

Acting borough Police Chief Frank Stanley explained there can be no bike riding on sidewalks within 600 feet of a business. Bicyclists can ride on the street, but they must abide by all laws and regulations that automobile drivers do.

That means stopping at all stop signs and lights and using hand signals to indicate turns.

When riding at night, all bicyclists must have a light on the front of the bike that can be seen from at least 500 feet away and a reflector on the back. Flashlights, Stanley noted, are not a sufficient light source.

"Because there was some confusion, we haven't cited anyone yet," he said. "We had signs put up."

Stanley warned bicyclists that they need to heed the laws that have been in place, for their own safety and for the safety of others.

He said officials have tried to work with riders in the borough, opening up the canal walkway to bicyclists, but some benches have been damaged along the walkway. He has observed children jumping on the wooden benches with their bikes, scratching and gouging the wood with the chains. …

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