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The state of the Island’s bike paths

The state of the Island’s bike paths

A couple of signs for cyclists near the Edgartown library. One is a stop sign meant for cyclists, while the other directs them to a…

Thursday, Nov 25

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A couple of signs for cyclists near the Edgartown library. One is a stop sign meant for cyclists, while the other directs them to a bike route to Katama Beach. — Eunki Seonwoo Tom Pallas, a frequent user of Island bike paths who refers to himself as Spokémon, sees a lot of room for improvement on the Island’s bike paths. In particular, Pallas said Head of the Pond Road in Oak Bluffs is the worst intersection connecting to Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road, which is a road he rides along frequently.

“There’s not one sign telling those cars they have to stop before they hit the bike path, or even the road itself,” Pallas said. “There’s no sign telling them, ‘Caution, bicycle crossing,’ not one whatsoever.”

Many are also unfamiliar with some of these roads, which can increase the risk of collisions.

Pallas has gathered his own data on signs in the towns’ roads and intersections. He said Edgartown has the most, although the number of stop signs does not cover even half of the intersections. Pallas said Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven have the least, and are “just begging for lawsuits.”

Pallas plans to present his findings to the MVC’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee. “I think we can do a lot better with the existing bike paths,” Pallas said.

Down-Island and up-Island have different cycling situations. Most up-Island towns lack alternative routes for cyclists.

“I’m not sure how we would do it,” Aquinnah town administrator Jeffrey Madison said, citing narrow roads and private property as the […]

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