The Iowa Court of Appeals sided with the city of Riverdale in the closing a trail by erecting a fence across it. The severed trail connects the Mississippi River Trail and the Duck Creek Parkway in the Quad Cities. Riverdale put up the fence to stop bicyclists from accessing the Haven’s Acres neighborhood.
In the decision, the court cited a street definition is width to width and not end to end. A street is defined to carry vehicular traffic which a bicycle is excluded from that defintion. Finally, the sidewalk does not constitute a street when not adjacent to the street.
The Quad Cities Bicycle Club has indicated they will appeal. In a statement on Facebook:
View the opinion: https://www.iowacourts.gov/iowa-courts/court-of-appeals/court-of-appeals-court-opinions/case/21-0765