Bike safety issue outside Rehoboth Beach

January 24, 2022

This letter was sent to Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf with a copy sent to the Cape Gazette for publication. 

There is a bike safety issue just outside of Rehoboth Beach that you may be able to address. After turning right onto Church Street, coming from Rehoboth on Rehoboth Avenue, at the traffic light, and toward the Methodist church, there is a stop sign where the new bicycle bypass crosses Church Street. In my experience, some cyclists don't stop at the stop sign on their side, and it's only a matter of time before a collision occurs between a vehicle and a bicycle.

From the motorist’s perspective, it's difficult to see around the corner if a bicycle is coming, and one has to inch out slowly in order to see oncoming bike traffic. Installing a parabolic mirror at this spot would allow motorists to see bikes coming. The Park Shore development on Canal Crossing Road, across from the Canal Corkran development, has stop signs and parabolic mirrors at the entrance for this very reason. Currently, there is a weather vane-type device at the Church Street bike path intersection that rotates in the wind (when there is wind) and, as it turns, one sees alternating white and red. This is of little use. Those responsible for the dedicated bicycle bypass should be commended for providing a much safer route into and out of Rehoboth on a bicycle. A parabolic mirror at this intersection would provide additional safety for all concerned. 

Robert Nowak
Rehoboth Beach


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