(REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.) - Bicycle usage on the boardwalk has been an ongoing discussion for the Boardwalk and Beach Committee. In Monday morning's meeting, it was brought to the table again.
Current bike maps don't depict routing cyclists onto the boardwalk, but that hasn't stopped very many of them. The Boardwalk and Beach Committee has been reviewing reccomendations made by the Streets and Transportation Committee to address the concern of routing bikes on and off the north end of the boardwalk by the Henlopen Hotel.
Monday morning the committee disfavored recommendations that would involve making the portion of the boardwalk from Grenoble Place to the north end of the boardwalk a walk-your-wheels zone. The committee also disfavored the options that would route bikers off and on the boardwalk from Grenoble Place and Virginia Avenue. Instead, they leaned more towards a path that would lead bikers off and on the boardwalk near the sidewalk that divides the parking lot on the north end and the sand dunes.
With a diagram, Commissioner Stan Mills demonstrates that a grass island could be placed in the path of the bikers to keep them from running into the pedestrian zone. Mills says they may have to relocate two handicap spaces for this option to work.
Another idea involves widening the sidewalk to include a bike lane. With this option, committee members also discussed the possibility of having the bike entrance/exit be closer to the Henlopen Hotel near where there is already a handicap ramp.
The committee will consider the different options discussed and then the Streets and Transportation Committee plans to discuss this topic during their meeting the first week of May.