Columbus' new "rails-to-trails" biking and pedestrian path that's eventually to run from downtown to Psalmond Road may need bicycle cops to chase down and ticket speeding bicyclists.
Under a proposed ordinance Columbus Council's to consider Tuesday codifying rules of "etiquette" for the trail, the speed limit's to be 10 mph, slower than some of the twin-wheeled speed demons go.
Besides the speed limit, there are other rules some folks may have to keep in mind to stay out of trouble: no alcohol, no using the trail after dark, and no motorized vehicles except for wheelchairs.
And any cowboys out there better keep this one in mind, too: No horses.
Here are the rules for which council's to hold a hearing Tuesday:
Pedestrians shall have the right-of-way.
All trail users are required to stop at all public streets.
Warn trail users as you approach from behind by announcing yourself by saying “On Your left."
The trail is designed for walking, running, and jogging. Bicycles, skateboards, roller skates and roller blades shall be permitted when used in a safe and controlled manner. No electric vehicles with more than two wheels shall be allowed, except for the physically disabled. No gasoline-powered vehicles shall be allowed, except for city-authorized vehicles and emergency vehicles.
The trail speed limit of 10 miles per hour shall not be exceeded. Exceptions may be declared by Parks and Recreation for special trail events.
All pets shall be on a short leash and under the control of the owner. Owners shall clean up after their animals. No horses are allowed on the trail.
The trail shall not be used at night and shall be closed from dusk until dawn as established by the National Weather Service.
No alcoholic beverages or other intoxicants shall be permitted on the trail.
Littering shall be unlawful.
All users assume the risk of bodily injury and shall follow the above-specified rules at all times.