Ventnor Pedestrian Safety, Bike Paths, Boardwalk Race Track.

Bike and pedestrian safety in Ventnor was a prime topic of discussion at the recent, April 12 commissioners meeting. Bike lanes on Atlantic Ave was one specific topic. The issue most challenging: increased use of bikes on the Boardwalk.

It’s a good thing for Ventnor to be bike friendly. No wonder AAAA Bikes is so busy. Unfortunately, some bikers feel the boardwalk is a racetrack. This is both dangerous and disrespectful.

We’ve personally witnessed seniors hit by a bike. It was ugly. Kids and pets are especially vulnerable to a bicyclist zipping along. Sometimes, while texting on their smart phone. We see that insanity often. Really.

Increased use of pedal-assist or electric powered bikes on Ventnor boardwalk.

We understand why power-assist bikes are helpful for those who really need it. But we also see electric bikes utilized by those who don’t need the help. This is problematic on the boardwalk.

Speeding on the boardwalk. It’s common. Well over 20 mph. Crazy. Sometimes it’s someone using the boardwalk as a racetrack. Other times, it’s someone throttling-up their powerful electric bike. Acting more like motorcycles or mini-bikes. Not good. A crack-down is needed here asap. Before someone gets hurt. Bad.

How to solve this growing bike-speed problem? Step #1 – education via appropriate signage on the boardwalk. Step # 2 – Boardwalk officers handing out warnings to 1st time offenders. Repeat offenders risk losing boardwalk riding privileges.

One bike issue that many struggle with: Bike riding is prohibited on the boardwalk after dark. Not sure why. Our lighted boardwalk is a very safe place to traverse in the evening. The street is not. Often, we are kindly directed by public safety, to ride on Atlantic Ave after dark. We comply, but still wonder why we’re mandated to use a much more dangerous place to bike after dark. Cars zip by at 35+ mph on Atlantic Ave. That particular speed limit is a separate story, for another day 🙂

We trust that Ventnor Commissioners & Public Safety will thoughtfully consider these issues.

What are YOUR thoughts? Join the conversation. Leave a comment below.

See April 12 video recorded by WE LOVE VENTNOR >

Note: The city still needs to do better job of recording audio from these meetings, and then posting them. (Like Margate)

Proper microphone usage is critical, as these recordings do become part of the public record. The typed meeting minutes rarely cover ALL of the discussions of that meeting. Most meeting minutes are only summaries. Public comment and other back-n-forth should be part of the public record.

Also: Those who are speaking, must speak closely into the microphone. We think this will get better over time tho.

  • RGMcNally says:

    No dogs are allowed on the boardwalk at any time. It clearly states it on all the signs on the boardwalk but it is largely ignored and rarely enforced. If the Ventnor City Gov’t is going to enforce a boardwalk ordinance, it should be that one. There is nothing more disgusting than to see a dog urinate or defecate on the boardwalk and the owner just leave it there. Not to mention a lot of boardwalk patrons are scared of dogs and most dog owners let their dogs run free without a leash. Fix that first before the speeding bike issue.

  • Bsnyder says:

    I am also disgusted and appalled by people who disregard the rule and walk their dog on the boardwalk. As a Ventnor taxpayer , I want our boardwalk to remain clean. More signs and more police presence is sorely needed.
    PS When dog walkers are reminded of the regulation, they become nasty and offensive. No dogs at anytime means no dogs at anytime. Enforce the rules that are on the books!

  • Barbara says:

    Are you kidding us!! There are “NO Rules” enforced in Ventnor. Beach or Boardwalk. It’s a joke. You get hit in the head with any kind of ball people are throwing. Lifeguards seem to have blinders on when it comes to ball-playing. Also badge kids seem to swallow any excuse people give them for not having badges!!!!!!!Please enforce this, not fair to us that buy many badges every year. People walking dogs on beach!!! Again hey lifeguard can u see the dog??? I can. Not to mention alcohol. That’s a real joke. I could go on& on & on. Plenty of rules but none EVER enforced. WHY?????

  • Rich says:

    Dogs Rule! People Suck!

  • Alice Kalish says:

    I think that motorized bikes should not be allowed on the boardwalk. Any vehicle with a motor should be using the roads.
    Regarding speeding, note that Margate reduced the Atlantic Avenue speed limit to 25 mph last year. This change put us in step with Longport and Atlantic City.

  • Harold+Weiner says:

    These are just more reasons why Margate should avoid having a boardwalk!