Longmont proposing no people on medians ordinance

LONGMONT, Colo. -- A new ordinance, if passed, would prohibit pedestrians from perching on traffic medians in Longmont.

"We have a variety of people that are on medians throughout the city," said Nick Wolfrum, the director of engineering services in Longmont.

Nine specific intersections in Longmont are included in the proposal. Half of them are along Ken Pratt Boulevard.

"These are areas that are not designed for pedestrian access," Wolfrum said.

The city is specifically addressing medians that are 6 feet wide or less. People can stand on any median wider than 6 feet.

Most of the time, the only people who stay on medians for any length of time are panhandlers.

"I don't care whether it's panhandling or whether I'm holding a campaign sign," Wolfrum said.

A U.S. District Court in Colorado struck down a panhandling law in 2015, citing it violated constitutionally protected speech.

Longmont dropped its panhandling ordinance and the city is now proposing the new ordinance that would make it illegal just to be standing on a median, protected speech notwithstanding.

Different roads sometimes lead to the same destination.