REHOBOTH, Del. -- City officials in Rehoboth are considering possibly banning bicycles on the beach boardwalk or reducing the hours permitted for riders during the summer due to an increase in complaints.
Rehoboth police said there were several reports of cyclists speeding through the boardwalk nearly striking pedestrians over the summer.
Currently, a city ordinance allows riders on the boardwalk between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. from May 15th until Sept. 15th. Cycling outside of that time frame is not restricted, according to the city's website.
The commissioners have discussed reducing the cut-off time to 9 a.m. or as early as 8 a.m.
Locals in Rehoboth said they are not on board with a ban of all bicycles but some did consider having designated areas or more law enforcement present as possible solutions to speeding riders.
Barry N. Melvin, who's been a frequent cyclist in Rehoboth since the mid-1980s, said punishing everyone for a few individual cases is not fair.
"There's probably a few bad apples that spoil the barrel and maybe that's kind of the way this thing's coming across," said Melvin.
Melvin said in his years riding on the boardwalk, he's never had a run-in with pedestrians during the summer or in the off-season.
"If you're texting or not paying attention it's hard to ride around people like that who may not be looking at where they're going," said Melvin.
Louie Gouvas, owner of Louie's Pizza on the Rehoboth boardwalk, was riding his bicycle when WBOC stopped to ask his opinion of a possible bike ban.
"The solution is both sides need it. people come to the shore and enjoy this bike riding and yet, on the other side it's very dangerous," said Gouvas as he considered the pros and cons of the situation.
The commissioners plan to discuss the boardwalk's bike issue further at the next meeting.