There are 11 signs warning that bicycles are prohibited on sidewalks in downtown Archbold.
That’s what Archbold Village Council learned at its Monday night, Oct. 15 meeting.
Council discussed the No Bicycle signs and ways to improve safety at the intersection of the alley on the west side of the 100 block of North Defiance Street and Stryker Street, after a Sept. 21 collision between a bicycle and a car there.
An 11-year-old girl was treated and released at the Fulton County Health Center after the mishap.
For vehicles in the alley, visibility to the east is limited because the Rupp Furniture building abuts the alley and the sidewalk.
Council noted there is a large circular mirror mounted on a utility pole that allows northbound drivers in the alley to see east, but not everyone uses it.
Kevin Eicher, a councilman and chairman of the streets and sidewalks committee, said there are No Bicycle signs at every entrance to downtown, and the number is adequate.
However, Kevin Morton, a councilman, said he went downtown one day at about 3 pm, school dismissal time, to check on the signs.
He said he saw youngsters on bicycles on both sides of North Defiance Street riding at a fast pace, “right past the signs.”
Council discussed some options to improve safety at the intersection.
One suggestions was adding a sign to the stop sign in the alley cautioning motorists to watch for pedestrians.
Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said the alley should be one way, southbound, but noted managers of Circle K may object.
Council also considered painting a crosswalk across the alley.
Eicher said it was suggested that Martin Schmidt, Archbold police chief, should visit the schools and present a safety program that would address the issue.
No formal action was taken. All council members were present.
The next council meeting is Monday, Nov. 5, 7 pm, in council chambers.–David Pugh