SEA ISLE CITY — In response to concerns from local residents, city police have installed new road signs and painted bike lane marking to increase safety for bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers, according to a news release.
Through a new Bicycling Safety Initiative, signs were installed throughout the city reminding bicyclists that they must follow motor vehicle laws and white bicycle lane markings were painted every two to three blocks along the Promenade.
The markings guide bicyclists to ride toward the center of the promenade to allow pedestrians entering from the beach or the street to have enough reaction time to safely cross the promenade or enter the promenade’s flow of pedestrian traffic, according to the release.
Biking is only permitted along the Promenade from 5 a.m. to noon on the weekend and from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week from May 15 to September 15, and signs have reflected the rules for years, according to the release.
State law says that bicyclists must use the same rules as drivers, including stopping at stop signs, yielding to pedestrians and riding on the right side of the road. They must also ride single-file and obey traffic control signals. In addition, state law requires riders under 17-years-old to wear a helmet and those riding at night must have rear and pedal reflectors and a headlight.
Bicyclists visiting or living in the city can get a free Bicycle Safety Brochure at the Welcome Center, 300 JFK Boulevard, or at Police Headquarters inside City Hall, 233 JFK Boulevard.
For more information, visit www.njsaferoads.com.