The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 10, 1981-Page 17
' Cops on prowl
By JENNIFER MILLER
Bicycling will get you to classes
faster, especially when you're late for
that math quiz. But there are a few
prerequisites to bicycling in Ann Arbor.
Bike registration is mandatory by
city ordinance, and costs a one-time fee
of $2.50. Cyclists can register at any of
the dorm offices, the Housing Office, or
at the City Clerk's office in City Hall.
THE NEXT prerequisite is that
riders obey all traffic laws, Last June,
the Ann Arbor police began issuing $20
tickets to bicycle traffic violators.
However, so far police have been war-
ning most bikers rather than
automatically giving them tickets.
Traffic laws for bicyclists are essen-
tially the same as for motorists. "The
basic rule of thumb," said City Bicycle
Coordinator Tom Pendleton, "is would
you do that while driving a car?"
These are the main violations that
police may ticket a bicyclist for:
srriding the wrong way on a one-way
" running a stop sign or red light.
" not having registration - a bike
with no registration may also be im-
" not yielding to pedestrians,
especially on sidewalks.
" not having lights or reflectors at
"GOING THE wrong way on a one-
way street is the worst violation, and
the most dangerous," said Patrolman
Walter Willard, who is the only officer
riding a bike on campus patrol.
Motorists pulling out onto a one-way
street usually don't check the opposite
way for traffic, he explained. The
majority of tickets issued are for one-
way street violations.
As a result of citizen letters and com-
plaints, the police especially target the
State-Liberty-Thompson area for bike
violations. "Most bicycle problems
emanate from there," Willard said.
Some city residents do not like the
ticketing and the fines involved. Candy
Ellison, 27, was given a $20 ticket last
June for riding the wrong way on Liber-
ty toward State Street.
"I'm used to just casually and
carelessly riding my bike. I never
realized they were giving out tickets,"
Ellison said. "When the officer told her
of the fine, "I was just floored," she
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Living costs high here,
national survey shows
By MARK GINDIN
The cost of living in Ann Arbor is
almost 10 percent higher than the
national average, with hospital costs
here the highest of the 232 cities sur-
veyed, according to the American
Chamber of Commerce Researchers
Association, which recently released its
More than 232 cities participated in
me survey, with the Ann Arbor Chamber
f Commerce contributing local price
listings, according to Jean Jackman,
assistant director of the Apn Arbor
Chamber of Commerce.
COMPARISON OF the cities using
the All-Items Index shows Ann Arbor to
b% almost 10 percent highter than the
national average of 100. The Index
measures nationwide variations in the
costs. of 44 consumer goods and ser-
*vices, including food, housing, utilities,
transportation, health care, and
Ann Arbor was higher than the
national average in all the catagories,
bpt was roughly the same as other
Ann Arbor health care costs are
among the highest in the entire survey,
which cited expensive hospital room
charges as the major factor. .
A HOSPITAL ROOM- in Ann Arbor is
among the most expensive of all the 232
cities surveyed. The average of $208
per day for a semi-privateroom in this
area is much greater than the national
daily average of $120.
The catagory of health care costs in-
clude the cost of an average visit to the
doctor and dentist along with the
charge for a hospital room. At $17, Ann
Arbor averaged lower for a visit to the
doctor than the national average of
HOUSING COSTS in Ann Arbor,
as expected, are also above the national
average. The housing catagory in-
cludes both apartment rent andM
payments on a home for an average
The average Ann Arbor rent (ex-
cluding all utilities but water) reported
by the local chamber of commerce was
$322. Compared to the national average
of $287, the city is a more expensive
place for renter. Lansing did report an
average rent of $325, which is close to
Ann Arbor's rate.
THE SURVEY was made during the
first week of April, and is the fifth quar-
terly survey the city has participated
in, Jackman said.
The other cities are also supposed to
collect data during the same week, so
that "theoretically everybody is collec-
ting data at the same time," she said.
Thus the procedure eliminates the price
jumps inherent in an inflationary
economy, she added.
Most areas of the country are in-
cluded, Jackman said, but there is un-
der-representation in the Northeast."
New York and a few other cities par-
ticipated, but not many others from
that area, she said.
THERE IS SOME good news for the
city. Movie prices for an evening show
of a first-run-film nationwide averaged
$3.41. The price reported by the Ann
Arbor chamber of commerce was $2.83.
Ann Arbor utility price figures, while
appearing about $20 above the national
average, "should be taken with a grain
of salt," Jackman said.
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