The Charlotte Town Council hopes to clarify its restrictions on the use of bicycles, roller skates, skateboards and all-terrain vehicles on streets by passing a new ordinance that basically adopts what is already state law. A 10-year-old resolution banning bicycles and skating from city streets recently drew attention with an Old Columbia Road resident received a letter from Mayor Bill Davis about her grandchildren riding their bikes on the street. Citing the resolution, the letter told Vicky Mathis she could face a fine for violating the resolution. Mathis told the council Tuesday night she believes her rights are “being challenged” by being threatened with legal action for her grandchildren playing outside. “I was stunned to hear this,” Mathis said after learning of the resolution. She said Tennessee law gives bicyclists full rights to use of roadways like other vehicles.“I want this resolution to be taken off the books or rewritten, whatever it takes,” she told the council. Town attorney Kirk Vandivort presented the council with an ordinance that incorporates state statutes regarding off-road vehicles, bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates, skateboards, coasters or other similar vehicles or activities. The statute states “no person shall play on a highway” other than in specially designated areas. Vandivort said enforcement will come down to the interpretation of “playing” on the street, which he said allows riding bicycles within the confines of state law, which requires a helmet for riders under 16 and proper adult supervision. “Playing is going to be up to the eye of the beholder,” Vandivort said, with judgment on a “case-by-case basis.” The council unanimously passed the new ordinance on the first of two required readings Tuesday night. “I think we’re all wanting the same thing. The safety of the kids,” Davis said. There will be a public hearing and second reading on the ordinance at the council’s Jan. 27 meeting. The Charlotte Town Council does not meet in December.