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10 FRIDAY OCTOBER 21- MONDAY OCTOBER 24. 2011 NEWS Cape Gazette Plan to address access, impediments By Ryan Mavity and August when tourists de- ryanm@capegazette.com scend upon Rehoboth. Greene acknowledged the data The pedal has been put to the does not include dose calls that metal for Rehoboth Beach's bicy- went unreported to police. cle/pedestrian master plan. Delaware Greenways last On-the-street interviews week unveiled its inventory of As part of its data collection, the city's bicycle/pedestrian net, Delaware Greenways also inter- work. No fixes were offered in viewed cyclists and pedestrians this first presentation; instead, on the street, speaking to 50 peo- Delaware Greenways presented ple at random. Greene said cy- an assessment of walking and clists told them the biggest issues biking in the city. were angled parking spaces on Mark Chura, executive direc- Rehoboth Avenue, which make it tor of Delaware Greenways, said hard to see when cars back out; Rehoboth has a tremendousdifficulty navigating the Re- amount of bicycle and pedestri- hoboth Avenue circle; lack of an traffic, bike racks; and needed improve- "There's been progress - ments to DART bus service be- there's still some major break- tween downtown Rehoboth and downs in the system and there's the Route 1 Park & Ride. a lack of knowledge of how to Greene said pedestrians told navigate the city," he said them vehicles do not yield in the Chura said fixes include di- Circle, even though crosswalks recting cyclists to the right are clearly marked, and that bet- places and improving connec- ter education is needed to pro- tions between areas, mote safety. Pedestrians also said "It's like in any town, over time the city does a good job to make certain improvements are made, sure sidewalks are quickly re- but they are not done compre- paired and that streets without hensively; they're kind of done sidewalks seem OK to walk on. piecemeal," he said. "So we're Delaware Greenways also identifying those places where asked bicyclists which streets the breaks are and that's what we had the most congestion and are focusing on." how they use the streets. Not Jeff Greene, project manager, surprisingly, well-traveled roads also presented traffic accident like Rehoboth Avenue, Bayard data. According to Delaware Avenue, State Road and First Greenways studies, there were Street were cited by cyclists as 561 total crashes in Rehoboth highly congested. Bikers also use from Jan. 1, 2009, to Aug. 31, 2011. Surf Avenue to naVigate between Of those, 54 were pedestrian or the North Shores/Cape Hen- bicycle crashe's, 36 of which oc- lopen State Park area and down- curred in the downtown area or town Rehoboth. on Rehoboth Avenue. Not sur- The streets identified as the prisingly, the highest number of least bike friendly were Re- crashes took place in June, July hoboth Avenue, First Street and Network Continued from page 3 a lot of listening. Public work- shops will be held with property owners, community groups and other stakeholders to receive comments about placement, costs and maintenance of the trail systems. "One of the first things we did is convene a meeting with the Delaware bicycling community. There were people there from Bike Delaware, the White Clay Bicycle Club, Sussex Cyclists and a great nonprofit in Wilm- ington that provides bicycles for underprivileged youth," he said. 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