Jim N Wendy Williams posted a comment on the Town of Carolina Beach Facebook page stating, "This is why we spent so much money on a bike path so compact cars have there own lane and parking! Such a waste!" Jim N Wendy Williams posted a comment on the Town of Carolina Beach Facebook page stating, "This is why we spent so much money on a bike path so compact cars have there own lane and parking! Such a waste!"

Editorial: Cape Fear Blvd Needs Some Adjustment And Enforcement

By / Editorials / Wednesday, 22 June 2016 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

The Town of Carolina Beach recently installed a multi-use path along the southern side of Cape Fear Blvd as part of a project to replace aging water, sewer and stormwater lines and creating a new streetscape. The multi-use path is meant for people to walk and ride bikes on. Not for golf carts, scooters and especially not for vehicles. The path was originally installed with crosswalks at each street intersection. It didn't take long for people to hit the path in their golf carts or drive and park vehicles on it in front of homes. So the Town erected signs saying, "Pedestrians and Bikes Only - No Motorized Vehicles."
Still, some people don't pay attention. So the Town installed signs in the path itself at each intersecting street that display the same message using symbols for a person and a bike and once again stating, "No motorized vehicles." So with an abundance of signs displaying a clear message,  here's the second photo taken by a resident this year showing people violating the rules.
There's only one way those vehicles parked in those locations. They had to drive all over the "bike" and "walking" path. It's not called a "bike, walking, car, truck, golf cart path."
Additionally, some people have begun parking along the side of Cape Fear Blvd on either side of the road. This creates a problem with 35mph traffic especially if there are vehicles parked on either side of the road!
Since the streetscape project reduced the width of the road, the Town should consider lowering the speed limit to 25 or 30 mph rather the current 35mph speed limit (since 35mph translates to 40mph for most people). After all, a lot people apparently can't read "bike path" so why should anyone expect them to read speed limit signs :-)
Perhaps the Town should put up signs displaying a $100 fine for violating the rules that are clearly stated on signs  repeatedly along Cape Fear Blvd.
Empower the parking enforcement company to patrol Cape Fear Blvd daily and issue tickets. The homes along that road are largely not used for vacation rentals so word will travel fast. Tickets encourage people to obey the rules.

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