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Bike Law Enforcement a Concern in Lewes

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LEWES, Del. - Each summer thousands flock to the Delaware coasts, and many of them come to the area with bikes. But in Lewes, the town tells WBOC that some people are just not following the rules. To address this, the town is looking for new methods of enforcement, some of which involve asking the police to get involved. 

Many bicyclists are currently riding on the sidewalks, despite town laws mandating that they do so on the roads only. Others are failing to wear helmets, according to town leaders. The Lewes Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is debating new enforcement techniques at their Wednesday evening meeting. 

Wednesday afternoon, WBOC caught up with tourists Robert Funderwhite and Wanda Mize. They were not only riding on the sidewalks, but also they did not have helmets. 

"It's safer if we ride on the sidewalk," said Funderwhite. 

"The traffic sometimes is very heavy," added Mize. "And they get very close and they blow their horns." 

The committee is now suggesting that police get involved in order to enforce the laws of the road more often. Mike Tyler, who is the chairman of the committee said that something needs to be done. 

"Riding on the sidewalk is a danger to pedestrians," he said. Cyclists will come upon a pedestrian and they don't give a signal or anything. And they go whizzing by. They can hit them."

"That's why it's called a sidewalk," he added. "It's for walking."

Fines are on the table, but Tyler said that the committee would much rather have officers educate bikers, rather than punish them. At Lewes Cycle Sports, a bicycle shop in town, employee Josh Hunt said that he sees the problem of biking on the sidewalks all the time. 

"It's because they don't feel safe on the roads," he said of the cyclists. "So maybe if there were more shoulders or if they felt like drivers were more cognizant then they would feel safer riding on the road." 
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