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Wrightsville Beach eyeing a new bike path

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The town of Wrightsville Beach is one step closer to implementing a new bike plan. The plan calls for a bike path that would stretch from the Cape Fear River to the Jonnie Mercer's Pier. Tuesday night town officials passed a resolution in support of moving forward with the plan. Now all they need is support from residents and some grant money. Town Mayor Stephen Whalen said the town has been trying to get a new bike plan for nearly twenty years. He said this is the closest they have been for some time, but it is still far from a done deal. "Once we know the amount of the grant, then I think the pieces will start to fall into place, and we'll be able to determine exactly what we can do and how we can do it and where we can do it, cost, and all that," Mayor Whalen said. Details about the plan will be presented in a public hearing on September 10th.

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BEACH

I BET THERE ARE STILL GOING TO BE MORE CARS THAN BIKES TRAVELING TO THE BEACH. HERE'S A THOUGHT, HOW ABOUT A LARGER PARKING AREA, OR MAYBE A REASONABLE SIZE PARKING DECK, FOR THOSE WHO BRING OUR KIDS AND VISITING FAMILIES BY THE CARLOAD TO THE BEACH.

BIKERS

IT IS A FACT THAT BIKERS ARE A BIT OF A SLOWDOWN TO TRAFFIC, BUT WHY IN HEAVENS NAME WOULD YOU RIDE DOWN MARKET STREET AT RUSH HOUR, " ON THE WHITE LINE"! IF THERE IS NO BIKE PATH AT LEAST STAY ON THE SIDEWALK, YOU WILL BE IN BETTER SHAPE RUNNING INTO A PEDESTRIAN. I HAVE SEEN THE BIKE PATH ON EASTWOOD ROAD, AND ON RIVER ROAD, BUT "THEY'RE" NOT ON IT; THE'RE IN MY LANE WAVING ME AROUND THEN OR WOBBLING SO BAD I'M AFRAID TO GO AROUND THEM! I THOUGHT WE WERE TAUGHT TO RIDE FACING ONCOMING TRAFFIC.WHY NOT GET ALL THE BIKERS TOGETHER AND SEE EXACTLY WHERE THE MOST BIKE TRAFFIC IS, AND BUILD A PATH THAT IS SHADED AND SMOOTH, MAYBE PUT IN A REST STOP OR TWO. JUST SO THEY WONT' BE INCONVENICED WHILE I SIT IN TRAFFIC!

In most cities, it is

In most cities, it is illegal to ride bikes on the sidewalks. They are considered vehicles and are supposed to be on the roads. Now, if I was riding a bike on Market Street, I'd ride on the sidewalk whether it was illegal or not. I'd rather get a ticket on the sidewalk that be dead in the street.

Please, no shouting.

Please do not type in all caps unless you really mean to shout at everyone. Now as I read your post, I agree with most everything you stated about bicycles in the street on Eastwood. The one thing you were incorrectly taught is that you ride a bike facing traffic. That is incorrect, it is considered a vehicle and should be ridden with traffic. You are supposed to run facing traffic. On Eastwood, however, please use the bike and running path off to the side.

I think that a bike path is

I think that a bike path is a great idea. However, the bike path that is already in place is not being used to its fullest. Some of the observations that I have made are that 1. there are no trees along the path that is on Military Cutoff, so in the heat of the summer of course you don't really want to use it, there is no shade on that hot black surface. I see where you may think that trees may be a safety issue? But with a little planning that would not be so much of a problem. 2. You have this great path that runs right in front of Mayfaire but you have no cross walks. This makes it very dangerous for people using the bike path to cross over. If you had a couple of cross walks at the major intersections (mayfaire, gordon, eastwood) people would more than likely use it more and even increase the foot traffic that go into these shopping areas. Just a few things to think about.

Bike Path is great idea, people's needs are not always the same!

Nothing will keep Wrightsville beach from overcrowding.. it's a great spot and those tourism dollars keep things hopping more than anything else (at the moment)... That being said, a bike path means more locals will actually have access to the beach, AND disposable income, more of an appetite, and a thirst in need of quenching. And it might even help keep traffic congestion down. Because you graduated high-school, does that mean you shouldn't have to help fund public education? Not everyone can afford a hundred dollar tank guzzling Cadillac with monster air conditioning to ferry them and there household to the beach. Cycling to the beach is cleaner, safer (or should be), and healthier than many other modes of transportation. Honestly, I think the trolley should be brought back, and vehicle traffic be cut off almost entirely... :)

I remember the days I could

I remember the days I could go and sit out on the beach and relax and surf fish from daybreak till night there at the Holiday Inn Public Access, but not any more. You can't even through a line out without someone in your way, even if you where there first, they still just overcrowd you and get in the way. Parking 1.50 an hour is ridiculous. I will not go to Whightsville Beach anymore, this bike path is a joke. Why don,t they do something to preserve the wildlife, so all of us and our children can enjoy it in the future. Projects on the inlets would be a good start. Ban swimming jet ski's and surfing to decrease tourist traffic to help increase the wildlife, and only allow nature observers and fishers which enjoy the natural beach unlike the polluting tourists and thrill seekers. Let all buildings fall in the ocean first, and then ban rebuilding, then fix the inlets. I go to Kure Beach (Free Parking) or Fort Fisher to fish only 4x4 access so its less crowded. The over crowding of homes and hotels have ruined the natural beauty of our beaches. Now they want to waist money on a bike path to the beach, that want get much use at all. I never hardly see anyone on the bike path at Park Ave or Eastwood.

Bike path where at Johnnie Mercer's Pier?

I lived down there for three years and saw not one soul ride a bike down that expensive path on Eastwood Rd. There isn't enough room for motor vehicles at Johnnie Mercer's pier as it is, so they're going to shove a bike path in there? This is like not letting people swim where there's a surfer zone. On calm days there weren't any surfers so vast areas of this small beach were off limits to swimmers. They sure love ruining Wrightsville Beach by pandering to everybody but the people who pay property taxes. And we're in a recession to boot.

A Bike Path that doesnt get used like on eastwood

Why waste the money? The "cyclists" on Eastwood dont use the bike path that was built for them, so why build another one? How about this, if you do build one, please fine and ticket the people that ride their bikes in the road from now on (this goes for the ones on Eastwood Road too). Someones hobby of bike riding shouldnt encroach on my daily commute on roads that WERE MADE FOR CARS...and you should only be allowed to ride your bicycles on the road if ITS YOUR ONLY FORM OF TRANSPORTATION. Roads were built with cars in mind, not little vegan guys in spandex.

I agree with you!!

The roads in Wilmington are so overcrowded as it is. Having to slam on your brakes in a 45MPH zone because there is a bike going 5MPH is very irritating...then getting around them is another story. There would be fewer accidents if bikes were not allowed on the roads. If you ride a bike on the road, you should be required to travel at the posted speed limit (lol)! Seriously, I think this is a big problem in the Wilmington area. Feeling that way does not make a person lazy or overweight, as commented earlier. The majority of "average" people drive a motorized vehicle to work everyday. The majority of people probably feel the same way we do too. I think a bike path would be a great idea.

Why does it have to be a

Why does it have to be a little vegan man in spandex? It is people like you who bother me, uneducated selfcentered fools. The roads were not built for just cars, they were also built for bicycles too, take a look at the signs around town that say share the road. I ride my bike with my daughter to school everyday then I continue riding to work. Sometimes it can be very scary because of the amount of people like you that don't respect us as being part of the traffic pattern. The bike path that was built on Eastwood road was built for the leasure rider, not for someone wanting a hard fast ride. If more people would take the time to ride to work we would have less over weight out of shape, unhealthy people in the country. Not to mention the amount of fuel we would be saving. I havn't had to put gas in car in over a month and I still have more then half a tank. So in this recession there is one less thing I have to worry about. Less worries= less stress= happy dad= happier family.

Respect

Bike riders would probably get more respect if they would obey even the basic traffic laws, which most of them ignore.

respect?

Actually, I think the same goes for drivers, not too many drivers know the traffic laws in general here in Wilmington let alone the traffic laws having to do with people on bikes. Maybe if drivers started paying more attention to those laws and people on bikes you wouldn't think of them as such a nuisance. In addition, everyone in general needs to slow down and pay more attention. Why is everyone in such a rush to get the next person out of the way, get to the stop light first, etc. No wonder we are number one in the state for accidents. Riding you bike makes you appreciate the time you do have, time to think, time to see what's going on around you. Share the road. We're all in this together.

According to NC general

According to NC general statutes, roads are built for automobiles, bicycles, pedestrians, tractors, etc. The is no law prohibiting people from walking or biking on roads, except for interstate highways. I agree that bike riders get in the way, but under our laws, they have just as much right to be there as we car drivers do. If you don't like the laws, ask your legislators to change them. Otherwise, watch out for them - they don't have to get out of your way. If you hit someone riding his bike on the road, as long as he is obeying the law, it will be your fault. I just hope you don't kill somebody because you're impatient. A judge or jury won't be very sympathetic to you.

Bike Path?

Spend grant money (which is tax money) on a bike path during a huge recession. With all the roads that need work, and the poor drainage problems in some areas of New Hanover County, they want to fund a bike path.

What roads "need work?" I

What roads "need work?" I haven't seen a pothole since I moved here four years ago.