Why We Need A Bicycle Master Plan

Cycling safety seldom a top concern

Cycling safety seldom a top concern

Here’s an example of the hodge podge of anti-cycling restrictions you can find around town.

Another way to consider this particular spot — it’s the ideal ramp for cyclists to roll up.

for cyclists, the beach boardwalk extends through the parking lot

for cyclists, the beach boardwalk extends through the parking lot

Around the pier, and lots of places on the peninsula, we have a problem with wrong-way cyclists. “Salmoning” it’s called, when a cyclist rides the wrong way against traffic. Nowhere is this more prevalent than at the Newport pier.

Cyclists on the boardwalk must navigate the parking lot to continue eastbound towards the Wedge. The easiest way to pass the pier is to roll up here, right where the sign says no bikes. Convenient for the 5am fisher folk, but this forces bike riders to make a sharp right turn at a very tight spot just a few feet away, where they confront pedestrians and other cyclists heading in the other direction.

It’s just one example of why we need a comprehensive Bicycle Master Plan.

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