Kure Beach Citizens Advisory Group: Traffic

By / Letters to the Editor / Wednesday, 15 October 2014 04:00

The Citizens Advisory Group (KBCAG) has no authority to establish policy. Its objective is to collect information related to a specific issue. It will then present the data along with possible solutions to the Town Council for its consideration.    
Bicycles, like any other vehicle on the road, can contribute to the flow of traffic and accidents; therefore, it’s important to create conditions that will improve the safety of the cyclist, and improve the flow of traffic. The U.S. Department of Transportation has a policy statement that suggests that the state DOTs should consider improving conditions for foot and bicycle traffic on our roadways. The State DOT has put out a pdf file as a guide for cities to enhance the use of roadways for pedestrians and bicycles, and Kure Beach has an ordinance (Chap. 10, Art. VII, Sec. 10-291 thru 308), these are being reviewed to see if there are any other aspects that can contribute to the safety of cyclists. The prime objective should be to improve safety for the cyclists and the flow of traffic at the same time, which can be accomplished through education and cooperation.
The KBCAG has come up with some items that need to receive more attention, the following is a list of some items that may contribute to lessening the chance of an accident, and allow for a freer flow of traffic: The recognition that the cyclists has rules that should be followed, as directed by the State and city, when operating on public roads, such as: signage, giving directional signals, use of suggested bike safety equipment. Some items that the Group has come up with include the following: The cyclists should take into consideration their visibility due to weather, time of day, color of clothing, and become more aware of objects that might block their line of sight when approaching an area.
If you can think of anything else, related to the use of bikes on our roadways, that the Group or the governmental agencies may have overlooked, please send your suggestions to the KBCAG, the Group would welcome your input. This can be accomplished by Emailing the Group at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Jordan Cohen
KBCAG Scribe


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