LEWES, Del. – The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee continues to meet as the off-season arrives.
Maintaining the city’s Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community status, gaining more bike ambassadors and giving cyclists a smoother ride on the trails were up for discussion during Tuesday night’s meeting. The committee also voted to recommend the city replace side-by-side bollards with single bollards, which cyclists could go around on either side.
Nancy Baker rides the trails in Lewes almost everyday when she’s staying at her Lewes home.
“They’re just very savvy here it feels like,” Baker says. “People are very caring about each other and their safety on the trails.”
City Manager Ann Marie Townshend says the application for the city to maintain its Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community status has to be submitted every four years.
“Everything from education, to engineering standards, to zoning, to the police interaction and enforcement.”
Townshend says the committee is also looking to implement a bike ambassador program, which COVID-19 delayed. Ambassadors would remind cyclists to walk their wheels and ride with traffic.
DelDOT says bollards keep cars off of bike trails and force cyclists to slow down at intersections with roadways. The agency’s Bike Coordinator, John Fiori, says the standard has changed for how many bollards need to be placed at these intersections. In some cases, two wooden bollards stand on either side of the trail. Single bollards in the middle of the path can also be seen around the city.
“Personally I find that hard to get around sometimes if someone’s coming my way, if I need to stop,” Baker says. “I worry about if I’m coming in too fast, making that turn safely.”
Evan Zyskowski of Milton says these problems can be avoided.
“Maybe it’s something you need to slow down as you go up to it, maybe it’s something where you need to take into account who’s coming towards you,” Zyskowski says.
Townshend says Fiori suggested a way to keep cars off the trail.
“They have areas of the trail outside of the city that they have put in split rail fencing,” Townshend says. “That would make it so that is not possible.”
Bike trail bollards will be discussed at the city council meeting on October 12th, 2020. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meets again on November 17th, 2020.