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By Rachel Basinger
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 11:48 a.m.

Members of Scottdale council's public services committee hope to bring the borough's ordinance restricting bicycles in the downtown area to the rest of council for discussion on Monday night.

Councilman Jim Pallygus said that in 2010 council passed an ordinance that prohibited the use of bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller skates and roller blades in the business district.

Former Borough Manager Barry Whoric said Wednesday that the issue was brought up at that time after complaints concerning safety issues.

The ordinance restricting such activity eventually passed.

Pallygus said these days members of the Coal and Coke Trail Committee are working to bring the trail into the downtown area and were hoping the portion of the ordinance prohibiting bicycles could be amended.

Whoric, now part of the trail committee, said the trail council is hoping to bring the trail head from its current location off Mt. Pleasant Road to behind the Sheetz gas station and convenience store at the light along Broadway and Bridge Street within the next year.

“If someone wants to ride into town on the trail and get a bite to eat or spend some time shopping, they can do that,” Pallygus said. “Eventually, maybe not during our lifetime or at least our time on council, the plan is for the bike trail to make it's way to the Yough River Trail.

“To not have a way to allow bikes to come into town just doesn't make for good relations with the biking community,” Pallygus added.

He and Councilman Jack Davis agreed that amending the ordinance might not happen overnight, but will likely take a few meetings to hash out and finalize.

Pallygus said he's not really heard anything negative from any other council members about amending the ordinance.

Council meets at 6:30 p.m. in the borough building.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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