Appleton tells bicyclists, skateboarders, skaters: “Walk your wheels”

Walk Your Wheels sign on sidewalk
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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – The City of Appleton says it’s taking steps to make sidewalks safer.

The city kicked off a “Walk Your Wheels” campaign Monday, reminding people not to ride bicycles, skateboards or in-line skates like Rollerblades on sidewalks.

You’ll now see signs painted on the sidewalk along College Avenue, since that’s the busiest pedestrian area.

The city says it will also be posting signs at eye level so no one can miss the reminders.

“We have so many people that walk on the sidewalks — they come out of the shops, doors swing open right onto the sidewalk — so there’s kind of a danger factor, a collision or something like that happening downtown, and we just don’t want to see that,” Appleton communications coordinator Chad Doran said.

Appleton Police said on their Twitter account the policy isn’t meant to be “mean toward bicyclists and skateboards” but to improve everyone’s safety.