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Funding Approved For Safer Bike Path In Ocean City

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Ocean City receives funding for safer bike path for bicyclist (WBOC) Ocean City receives funding for safer bike path for bicyclist (WBOC)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- A long awaited project to create a designated bike path just received state funding. The plan is to minimize the need for bicycles to share the road with cars and buses on Ocean City's busiest arteries.

Coastal Highway, Baltimore Avenue and Philadelphia Avenue have long been areas of concern for bicyclist in Ocean City. Matt Stevens bikes often around the resort town and said there are some real problem areas. 

"The worst spot probably is Baltimore Avenue, riding North, there's really not a shoulder there, there's just a bus lane and the when the bus is coming you're sharing that with a bike and I don't think its safe," Stevens said. 

Ocean City councilman, Tony DeLuca has led the campaign for the designated bike paths. 

DeLuca said, "I think it's a tremendous idea to get bikes off of Coastal Highway, out of the bus lane, out of eight lanes of traffic and put them to the side, whether it's west or east it's very important to me."

DeLuca said there were 37 bicycle accidents last year in Ocean City.

The first phase of the plan will place a designated bike path from the Delaware, Maryland line at 146th Street down to 130th Street, but off of Coastal Highway.

"It will be completely taken off, and it will be through alleyways through parking lots, it will be off. Most of it will be between Coastal Highway and the beach. There's plenty of alleys and plenty of places where we can tell people to take your bike," DeLuca said. 

DeLuca said the next step is to submit a project work plan to the Maryland Department of Transportation. If all goes as planned the new bike path will be ready for bicyclist by Spring 2017; the state grant approved for the project is over $57,000. 

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