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Posted: Thursday, July 9, 2015 5:11 pm

The concessions that have been made to Coronado’s de facto “bicycle lobby” are staggering!

• Painted bike lanes in residential areas: Poor Sixth Street now looks like a bicycle super highway (talk about visual pollution), and the bike lanes are just as likely to be ignored as adhered to (when two riders are together, they tend to ride side by side, with one in the bike lane and the other in the roadway).

• Excessive number of downtown bike racks: More often than not, these are empty (use should be audited and the number of racks reduced proportionately).

• Hordes of cyclists on the northbound Strand each weekend morning: Riding two, three, and four abreast on the highway – presumably because the existing bike path can’t accommodate the speed of these riders or their preference for traveling side-by-side-by-side-by-side. And these racers don’t use Coronado’s downtown bike racks – check out Orange Avenue coffee shops on weekend mornings, when cyclists tie up to parking meters after their trek.

• Traffic hazard at Coronado Cays entrance: I can’t count the number of times I’ve had the right of way (green light) turning into Coronado Cays from South 75, and the entrance is blocked by – you guessed it – a steady stream of streaming cyclists.

• In the village, groups of bikers whizzing by en masse: These entitled speedsters pay no attention to stop signs, nor to common sense, much less common courtesy. Break their stride? Not on your life … or theirs!

And, now, these same catered-to cyclists – not your garden-variety, recreational bike riders – are lobbying for beach access under the guise that this will be a “multi-use” path for cyclists, walkers, joggers, and the mobility-impaired? Do they think we just fell off the turnip truck? This will become one more cyclist speedway. These athletes are in it for the sport; they don’t slow down or yield – not even for cars. Good luck to the “mobility-impaired,” not to mention tiny-tot beachgoers or elderly visitors.

Coronado, call off the $100,000 study, please! Our city’s beautiful beach is a place to enjoy at a pedestrian pace, not a place to speed through in training for the next bike race. It’s hard to believe that this already-indulged minority could be allowed to compromise our historically-preserved beachfront. Don’t let it happen!

No bikes on the beach!


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