Shared bike lanes, widening sidewalks pieces of Ocean City’s plans to improve safety

OCEAN CITY, Md. – The Town of Ocean City is continuing their efforts to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

The Complete Streets Team is a group that was established by the town to evaluate all paving projects.

Ocean City is currently paving the Assawoman Drive corridor this fall, where they plan to widen sidewalks due to high demand in the area. The other big project will be widening sidewalks on Robin Drive, which also has heavy foot traffic.

The plan calls for more than just wider sidewalks. Officials also plan to add piano crosswalks, more locations for bus transit, shared bike lanes and more.

“Widening the sidewalks there is going to provide a much safer means of getting those pedestrians to the beach. Because most of the movement in town are from west to east. And east to west,” said Ocean City engineering manager Paul Mauser.

The streets aren’t the only place Ocean City is looking to make improvements.

A new pilot program is being rolled out to put bike racks on some of their beaches.

Right now there are no bike racks, and bikes stack up on the fence that leads to the beach. For now, these racks will be placed at 28th, 67th and 120th streets.

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