We sound like a broken record on this topic, but we’re just going to keep hammering on it, like it or not.
Bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists of this area need to do a better job of practicing safety. To be clear, this is not only a problem in this community, as headlines across the country, particularly in resort areas, are filled with accidents involving bicycles or pedestrians and automobiles.
But those other communities aren’t our problem. This one is.
Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin — following a series of accidents in both his town and others in the area, including a fatality in South Bethany — recently said that he would like a sit-down with officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).
“Maybe we can get together and brainstorm and see if we can squeeze in a dedicated bike path on Route 26 to divert some traffic,” suggested McClaughlin. “... It can be very dangerous. It’s awareness. You can’t take a leisurely bike ride down Route 26. You just can’t do that.”
Something must be done, for sure. And it needs to happen sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, we do need vigilance. We need bicyclists and pedestrians to always take that second look, and we need motorists to always act like there is a bicyclist or pedestrian on the road, because there most often is.
We are proud to be such a heavily-bicycled area for so many, but we need it to be safe. Please use caution and pay attention.