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Hollywood may ban motorized vehicles on Broadwalk

 

cteproff@MiamiHerald.com

With so many activities competing for space on Hollywood’s Broadwalk, the city commission on Wednesday will consider a ban of all motorized equipment.

Saying the Broadwalk is meant for “leisure,” city leaders called the motorized vehicles “dangerous.”

“We don’t have enough room to keep everybody happy,” said Commissioner Patricia Asseff. “And safety is the most important thing.”

The Broadwalk, which runs about two miles along the beach, is 30 feet at its widest. There is a designated bike path and a jogging path close to the sand.

On any given day, people on bicycles, banana bikes, scooters, Trikkes, Segways, jumping shoes, roller blades, surreys and skateboards compete for a spot on the path along with walkers and joggers.

While there’s already a ban against skateboards on the Broadwalk and rules about riding bikes carelessly, the city code hasn’t been able to keep up with the new leisure and fitness equipment, such as the motorized three-wheeled scooters called Trikkes.

Dan Cedeno, who owns Hollywood Beach Trikke, says the city should look at speed restrictions before banning motorized equipment.

“I don’t think it’s the machine they are using,” he said. “It’s the users using it.”

But Frank Derisi, the vice president of the Hollywood Beach Civic Association, said it’s easier to go faster when there is a motor.

“Speed is the real problem,” he said.

The proposal under consideration Wednesday would only affect Trikkes, electric bicycles and other equipment that is not human-powered. State law allows Segways, though the commission could decide to band them anyway in the interest of safety.

Motorized wheelchairs would not be affected.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. at City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Blvd.

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