Bike Committee Asks for Bike Ordinance Revision

Bike Committee Asks for Bike Ordinance Revision

By / Local News / Friday, 02 July 2021 16:12

In an email sent to Carolina Beach’s Assistant Town Manager, Ed Parvin the Bike and Pedestrian Committee has asked that ordinance “Sec. 16-103. - Riding on sidewalks” is revised. Currently the ordinance states, “No person shall ride a bicycle upon any sidewalk or walkway within the town. The following exceptions shall apply: (1) Bicycles are not allowed to be walked or ridden on the wooden boardwalk any time. (2) Bicycles are allowed on sidewalks and walkways including on the boardwalk walkways located east of Woody Hewett/Canal; and from the north side of Harper Avenue up to and including Cape Fear Boulevard.  However, during times of high pedestrian traffic which typically occurs from Memorial Day to Labor Day bicycles should be walked on the boardwalk walkways.

The email states, “The Bike Committee feels that riding on sidewalks should be allowed, particularly on Lake Park Boulevard north of Harper where there is no room on the side of the road to safely ride a bike.  This is prohibited under the current ordinance and is unsafe. 

Also, the Bike Committee thinks people should be able to walk bikes around the boardwalk area – in other words, people should be able to ride their bikes to the boardwalk area and lock them on the racks provided or else just simply walk around with their bikes.

The committee outlined their suggested updates based on the City of Wilmington’s Ordinance: “Sec. 16-103. - Riding on sidewalks, sidewalk area, or walkway. prohibited; exceptions. A person riding a bicycle on a sidewalk, sidewalk area, or walkway, shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before passing any pedestrian.  No person shall ride a bicycle upon any sidewalk or walkway within the town. The following exceptions shall apply:1. Bicycles are not allowed to be walked or ridden on the wooden boardwalk or ocean boardwalk at any time. 2. Bicycles should be walked on the boardwalk walkways.”

The committee added, in the “Sec. 34-64 Definitions” there was no definition for walkway or multi-use paths like the Greenway trail.

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