At the suggestion of a resident, Kent City Council is considering posting signs in downtown reminding people bicycles aren't permitted on the sidewalks.
They also want the city to evaluate whether a green arrow permitting a right of way left turn can be a permanent feature for the traffic signal at the intersection of Main and Water streets.
Both concerns have arisen because of an increase in overall traffic downtown and were brought to council's attention this week by John Simon, who runs a business at a 300 N. Water St.
"We're getting an awful lot of bike traffic now," Simon said. "Unfortunately, they're riding on the sidewalk very fast."
According to Kent's ordinances, bikes and skateboards are not permitted on sidewalks in business districts.
Councilman John Kuhar, who also runs a business at 300 N. Water St., said he believes signs downtown would deter such activity.
"When I step out of my building down there, when Mr. Kluth and Mr. Simon do, we usually stick our head out about three inches first and look both ways," he said.
Kuhar claimed he was almost struck Wednesday by a bicyclist who was wearing headphones and texting.
"I know it's dangerous down there," he said.
Simon also suggested the city should consider the left-turn arrow at the Main-Water intersection, where the Franklin Square Deli is located.
He pointed out there's usually a turn arrow for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening.
"I've waited as much as three lights and I'm the third car back trying to turn left on Main Street going north on Water," Simon said.
He suggested having the arrow for a longer time frame might speed up the flow.
"I just think the arrow should work all day long ... instead of just an hour in the morning and an hour at night," he said. "That was fine for the old Kent, but I don't think it works for the new Kent."
Council agreed to have both issues examined. Mayor Jerry Fiala noted a traffic study may be needed before the light at Main and Water streets can be addressed.
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