Bikes in Village of Lancaster
Seeing and hearing recent news articles about the kids, businesses, and proposed ban on biking on Central Ave., is so absurd. To the toy store lady: Don't blame your woes on the kids. You chose to open a high end toy store in a struggling economy. I have been in your store, although your product is quaint, you are never busy due to the fact that most of your goods are old fashioned and more geared to collectors than kids today. Are you just angry that the skate shop is busier than your shop? The owner of the skate shop obviously was more aware of the trends of what kids do and what parents will spend money on. Your complaints make you sound like a toy store owner who doesn't like kids.
I go through the village two, three times a day. I do see kids there. But tell me, where are they supposed to go. Have the complaining owners of these businesses been part of the problem or are they part of the solution. I attended the fund raiser for the skate park at the Polish Falcons a couple of weeks ago. Many local businesses donated time, money, and goods to make it a great success. Did the complainers donate? Do they have donation canisters in their shops? Great if they did/do.
I have worked with teenagers many years, I have also had 4 of my own. Teenagers are not nasty disrespectful brats. They have and always will give respect as it is given to them. It is not a parenting flaw or an indication of bad kids, it is just the way it goes with teenagers, they are forever testing the rules of polite society. Treat them decent and they will move the world for you.
It is time for the leaders of the village, the businesses, and the community as a whole get together and make the bike/skate park a reality instead of a lot of hot air.
As to banning the biking on Central, it will one the most absurd things this village ever did. I am 52 years old and bike, am I going to get off my bike and walk it through the village? Are the bike police officers going the skip the village on their patrol?
We can have beer tents at every village event, but the kids can't ride their bikes there? Priorities?
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