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0~ 6 TUESDAY, FEIg~UARY 2I ~ TH~,:.)~.~,, FEE~L~&~Y 23~. 20t2 Cape Gazette Letters More ideas on taxi and trail proposals I couldn't agree more with the Feb. 14 editorial: "Trail, taxi will spur tourism, improve lifestyles." The water taxi and completion of the long-unfinished link between Rehoboth Beach and Lewes to create a loop trail will improve the quality of life for those in Re- hoboth Beach and Lewes tremen- dously. Those who have hereto- fore not been able to enjoy the splendor of the canal between Re- hoboth Beach and Lewes are in for a treat. I do, however, share Mayor Sam Cooper's concern about allowing kayak and private boat launching from the dock - the long-term parking by those who use vehicles to bring their kayaks to the launch would clog parking for those who want to use the water taxi. Hopefully some form of public transportation such as the Jolly Trolley would service the water taxi station to provide a colmection with the Boardwalk. In addition, there should be ample bicycle parking and perhaps bike sharing at both ends of the taxi service to help ex- tend the range of day trippers. Michael Bednarek RehobothBeach Beebe health fair a great service to community Beebe Medical Center did a great service to the community by holding an exceptional health fair this afternoon. The free screen- ings, especially for seniors on fixed incomes or with little insur- ance, were very well received. These included blood pressure, bone density, body mass index, cholesterol and blood sugar. The process was simplified by provid- ing attendees with appointment times, so they could view exhibits while they waited. I found the staffand senior nursing students performing the tests to be caring, considerate and patient, answering questions, pro- viding advice and additional ref- erence literature when appropri- ate. Exhibitors provided opportu- nities to get hearing checked, dis- cuss Medicare, talk about getting cancer care, and get information on care available for veterans, es- pecially women veterans, as well as hospice services. Several ex- hibitors had information geared to children and young people. You could even get a flu shot. Heart- healthy refreshments were pro- vide& and a dietitian Was avail- able to answer questions. There were ongoing presenta- tions, and I was fortunate enough to listen to a description of a new form of heart surgery which is minimally invasive. Should the need ever arise, [ won't be as fear- ful. I realize there were other things I've forgotten to mention. Beebe definitely needs to be com- mended on its continuing service Continued on page 7 Here's a little song declicated to bike lane planners everywhere called BLACK TOP DRIFTER. J , Cape Gazette When you re planning \ Volume 18 No. 73 a Nke lane mal e it wide \ Publisher. Dennis forney, Ext. 303 Drifter's cuz the Black Top Rehoboth bicycle plan: keep it simple and Breakwater Trail - probably the most pop- ular way to get into Rehoboth by bicycle. Painting lines on a few roads should help cy- clists out for exercise avoid Rehoboth Avenue, but it will do little for the many people who ride bikes with the intention of going to one of the many stores on Rehoboth Avenue for a cof- fee, a quick breakfast, a newspaper or a slice of pizza. For those people, the plan also calls for sig- nificantly more places to park and lock bikes than now exist, so once in town, cyclists can easily become pedestrians. The plan also calls for a new Bayard Avenue bridge across Silver Lake and an additional footbridge near Silver Lake Park. These goals deserve long-term consideration, but they should not draw attention away from inexpen- sive and easy-to-implement strategies aimed at improving safety for everyone. Perhaps the most important safety consider- ation of all is simply enforcing speed limits throughout the city. ehoboth Beach is working on a plan to improve safety for everyone who wants to bike or walk in Rehoboth Beach. It's a critical goal going forward; traffic in Re- hoboth on holidays and summer weekends al- ready approaches gridlock, so encouraging people to park cars outside of town and walk or bike into the city is important. It's also a con- cept that has strong popular support. Consultants have so far proposed several sensible, low-cost improvements that should help cyclists and pedestrians navigate the city, among them encouraging cyclists to avoid Re- hoboth Avenue by designating certain roads as bicycle boulevards - low-speed, low-traffic streets that bicycles and cars will share. As presented so far, the plan also calls for designating a bike lane on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal bridge at the entrance to the city, a sensi- ble plan that should improve safety for cyclists, especially if the lane extends far enough to pro- vide cyclists with safe access to the ]unction Cane Gazette editorials are considered and written Dy members of the Cane Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, nublisher: Trish Vernon. editor: Dave Frederick. sports editor: Laura Ritter, news editor: and Jen Ellingswortn arts and entertainment editor. PktH e a> RON MACARTHUR PHOTO in the afternoon sun on a dock on Silver Lake NOW Letters must be sigfled and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer, we reserve the right to editfor content and length. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958: fax 645-1664: or email Web Poll )) Majority in survey supports water taxi Do you support a Lewes-Rehoboth Weathe TAKE a snooze water taxi?? Yes 79,9% No 15.4% Not sure 4,7% The total votes counted were 403 To Dar- ticioate in ~he current web DO visit CapeGazette.corn ~ALLARD DUCKS in Rehoboth Beach. dnf@capegazer[e,com -ditor. Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom ~capegazerre.corn Office Manager, Kathy Emery. Ext. 305 Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 ntter ~capegazette,com A&E Editor. Jen Ellingsworth. Ext, 319 ien@capegazerre.corn Copy Editor, Bernadette Hearn. Ext. 316 bernle@capegazet[e,corn NEWS Henry Evans. Ext. 336* Ron MacArthur. Ext. 318 Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 Kara Nuzback. Ext, 317 KnuzoacK@capegazetre.corn Rachel Swiek Mavity, Ext, 321 racne ~capegazerte.corn Nick Roth, Ext. 335 Melissa Steele, Ext 338 Molly MacMillan mouyrnac@capegazerre.corn SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth tlm@seashorestrider, com ;reder]'~k Schranck --schranck@HoleByHote.corn CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Chris Antonio -ric Burnle, Bob Yesbek WEBMASTER Catherine M. 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