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(Nov. 22, 2019) The following topics were discussed last Wednesday, Nov. 13, during the Bike Committee meeting:

Bike friendly communities

Ocean City Engineering Manager Paul Mauser said the League of American Bicyclists has yet to announce the new round of bicycle friendly communities. 

The announcement is now slated for early December. 

Hiker, biker trail

Jana Potvin, assistant district engineer-traffic at the Maryland State Highway Administration, said the West Ocean City hiker-biker trail is still on schedule for completion by the end of the year. 

Thermoplastic striping work will be completed following paving work, and the highway administration will implement continental or piano key-style crosswalks. 

In previous meetings, Councilman Tony DeLuca had mentioned an issue of pedestrians parking on both sides of Route 50 near Hooper’s Crab House on Ocean Gateway and crossing the busy road. 

Potvin said this issue should be resolved with the installation of a wooden walkway on the northside of Route 50. 

Shared-use path

The shared-use path project stretches from the west sidewalk of Philadelphia Avenue at North Division Street to South First Street. 

Potvin said concrete and work to comply with the American with Disabilities Act would begin this month, but did not know when the work would be complete. 

Mauser said the state highway administration generally completes paving and concrete work before Memorial Day weekend. 

Mauser with the help of the Department of Public Works, the city will install a sign where Philadelphia Avenue transitions into South First Street that says “bicyclists may dismount and use sidewalk.”

Strava

Ocean City police Sgt. Rick Wawrzeniack said he completed several routes for the Ocean City Strava profile, including ones along Sinepuxent Avenue and St. Louis Avenue. 

Strava is a cycling and running app that allows users to track and share their paths using GPS technology. 

Committee members agreed that the city needed a public website with city bike routes, and plan to discuss the topic further at the next meeting. 

Future meeting

The next Bike Committee meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. in City Hall.

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