Jun 03, 2016
New Signage Helps Bicyclists
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware - The Junction and Breakwater Trail and the Gordons Pond Trail are more popular than ever with bicyclists realizing that they can visit Lewes and Rehoboth Beach in the same day. When combined with a few street miles in Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, these two trails form an 18-mile regional trail network connecting Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. Bicyclists finding their way in Rehoboth Beach between the trails southern ends can be challenging. In a collaborative effort between the City of Rehoboth Beach and the Division of Parks and Recreation (DNREC), wayfinding information posts are in place at selected locations in Rehoboth Beach.
Information posts provide cyclists with directions to bicycle friendly streets, as well as city and regional maps. Kathy Osterholm, a member of the Streets and Transportation Committee of the City of Rehoboth Beach, and Susan Moerschel, Program Manager, Division of Parks and Recreation, and DNREC’s Trails and Pathways Manager, installed new bicycle signage posts on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at three of four of the city’s gateways. City of Rehoboth Beach Public Works personnel installed wooden posts that are covered with a signage sleeve. Both the signage sleeves and way finding information was provided by the Division of Parks and Recreation to guide recreational trail users in the coastal communities.
Each new information post features a Rehoboth Bike Friendly Streets Map with suggested safe street routes, congested street information and bicycle parking sites, public restrooms, bike rules, and other visitor materials. A Rehoboth Beach and Lewes regional map will help cyclist navigate between towns.
The Bike Friendly Streets Map is a product of the Streets and Transportation Committee. Committee member Jim Ellison chaired the map’s creation and design. The new map is a 9 x 11 trifold format that will be available through local bike rental shops, Rehoboth Beach’s Visitors Information Center, Boardwalk Kiosk, bike park check in stations and other public places throughout the city. The way finding information posts are located at the following sites: the intersection of Henlopen and Surf Avenues; on each side of Silver Lake Bridge on Bayard Avenue; Eastbound near the Canal Bridge; on Canal Street; and on the circle Westbound on Rehoboth Avenue.
Kathy Osterholm, an avid cyclist, has lead the effort to place information posts to help the visitors navigate the city and region. Mrs. Osterholm said, “The information sign posts are a first step in helping all those who are on bicycles have a safe and enjoyable time in the City of Rehoboth Beach and to assist in navigating to the Junction and Breakwater Trail and Gordons Pond Trail.”
For more information please contact the City of Rehoboth Beach Communications Department at 302.227.2772 or email [email protected].