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Rehoboth Beach's Surf Ave. to be More Bike Friendly

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - A 320 foot stretch of Surf Avenue will be getting an update to keep bikers safe.
When the busy road narrows, bikers would have to veer onto the main road, impeding traffic as well as putting themselves in danger.

The Streets and Transportation Committee decided this week to add white lines to indicate where cars cannot be on the narrow curve, and keep bicyclists off to the sides. According to Commissioner Bill Sargent, this is the second step in the safety process.

"By cutting away a little cliff over there in a 320-foot section, we put in enough to widen the lane to match the width of the road all along here and that's made a huge difference for bicycle safety," he explained.

Sargent also said sometimes one biker can cause a back-up because cars cannot get around.
Steve Brittingham visits Rehoboth Beach from Nevada three times a year and is an avid biker. Even without living there, he said he is keenly aware of the safety concerns.

"Surf Avenue has always been kind of iffy for biking cause there's not much space besides the roadway," he said. "Sometimes I've had to veer off the road into the fence line there."

Some residents, like Mark Guida, are unsure if the plan will solve both the safety and traffic problems.
"I think it's important that the cyclists have room but its uncertain whether traffic will slow down or be dangerous," he said. "But both really should share the road."

But according to Sargent, pedestrian safety is the priority. "Fortunately I can't point to any accident that happened but throughout the town we had situations that were dangerous where an accident was just waiting to happen," he explained. "Well hopefully we've prevented that."
The committee plans to add the white lines in the near future.
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