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Rehoboth Approves Volunteer Bike Patrol Group

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- A new volunteer patrol group will monitor cyclists on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk following pedestrian complaints made last summer.

The Bicycle Safety Volunteer program intends to place three of its 15 volunteers at different ends of the boardwalk between 8 and 10am during the summer.

The initiative was spearheaded by Atlantic Cycles bike rental owner Frank Cole after the city said it was considering reducing permitted biking hours or banning bicycles on the boardwalk altogether.

Cole said a group of 15 volunteers who commit to work 50 hours will work in shifts covering different areas of the boardwalk.

"They're going to do that by following a strategy of approaching people on bicycles," said Cole. "They're going to introduce themselves, inform them about safety issues and they're going to thank them," he continued.

Cole said all volunteers will be trained on how to approach people in a friendly manner and distribute proper information about riding on the boardwalk.

Staying to the right of the boardwalk is how the patrol will encourage pedestrians and cyclists to stay in their lane.

Cole's bike patrol initiative that starts on May 15 will be a one year experiment to see if cyclists and pedestrians can learn to coexist on the boardwalk safely.

For Maddy Koza of Lewes, who works at Funland on the Rehoboth boardwalk, a lack of attention from both the cyclist and pedestrian has been the cause of accidents and near-accidents that she's witnessed.

"I do see the bikers on the boardwalk and I just see families that really don't pay attention necessarily because they're tourists," Koza said.

Rehoboth cyclists like Jason Heck are on board with bike patrol idea.

"I think it will help us out getting back and forth and not getting in everybody else's way," Heck said. "That way we can be on our side and they can be on their side and we can stay safe!"

Volunteers are still needed to form the patrol group in time for the May 15 start date. For more information about how you can volunteer, email Frank Cole at frank@atlanticcycles.net.

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