August 26, 2020
To the Editor:
The Route 72 Dorland Henderson Bridge was not long ago renovated at a cost of more than $300 million, a job that took about seven several years. The previous bridge was unquestionably in need to have of an upgrade, and between the a lot of problems was the deficiency of a risk-free pedestrian or cycling lane.
The new bridge has these types of a lane, but there are various issues with it. First, it’s only on a person side of the bridge. That would be fantastic if it was designed extensive ample to reasonably move folks heading in the other route. But it’s scarcely two human beings huge. The additional kick in the trousers for cyclists is that there are indications prohibiting bicycling on the protected path.
Why would all of this dollars and exertion go into these a pathway only to make it so constrained? Why are walkers/joggers staying catered to, but cyclists are offered the limited conclude of the stick? Wouldn’t a much better center floor be a velocity limit for cyclists or, improved nevertheless, a broad ample path to allow the lots of, quite a few folks who appreciate going for walks, running and cycling on and around LBI to coexist?
There is a broader shoulder on Route 72 now and even a sign encouraging motorists to “share the road” with bicycles. Even so, this is a highway with thick summer time targeted visitors frequently exceeding 70 mph. In the desire of safety, it would have been a lot far better to preserve bicyclists in brain when undergoing this pricey and time-consuming task.
North Seaside Haven