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Boardwalk Bicycle Hours Extended

Bicycles will now be allowed on the Boardwalk from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m., seven days a week through Labor Day.

The Ocean City Council voted unanimously to extend the riding period by three hours.

In a typical year, the tram begins operating at 11 a.m., and bicycles are not permitted. However, the council voted last month to keep the tram off of the Boardwalk for the rest of the season due to concerns over social distancing and the enforcement of mask mandates.

Following the council’s vote on the tram, John Barrett, owner of Bike World, submitted a request to extend bike hours to 5 p.m. daily. “During normal summer operations, the boardwalk tram begins service at 11 a.m. each morning. Bike hours are to cease by this time as both tram and bicycle operations together leave little room for general foot traffic. Due to COVID-19, the boardwalk tram has been suspended for the 2020 season. There is a need for safe transportation for those who are locally employed or visiting the area which bicycles can provide,” wrote Barrett.

He added that bicycle riding is a safe activity during this time of social distancing and a perfect way to exercise.

Ocean City Police Department Chief Ross Buzzuro recommended that the council allows an additional three hours, not six.

Councilmember Mark Paddack made a motion to extend riding hours to 2 p.m. on weekdays, but to keep the 11 a.m. restriction on weekends when there are more people on the Boardwalk.

Other members of the council disagreed and felt that 2 p.m., seven days a week is sufficient. A new motion was made, and Paddack voted in favor of the modified ordinance.

City Attorney Heather Stansbury was asked about how changing the time restrictions on the ordinance could impact the town legally when bike accidents occur. Stansbury pointed out that the town is often brought into litigation surrounding issues with bicycles, but that “the ordinance does not extend or heighten the town’s liability.”

Logan Dubel
Logan Dubel is a contributor for OceanCity.com. You can catch his newscast, This Week in Ocean City, on our YouTube channel, SeeOC. He is a Baltimore County native, recent Franklin High School graduate, and will begin college in fall 2022 at the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the OceanCity.com team in June 2020. In addition, he serves as a freelance writer and intern for the Art League of Ocean City and the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. Logan has a strong passion for covering the news and its impact on Marylanders. Since arriving at OceanCity.com, he has covered the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, interviewed newsmakers such as First Lady Yumi Hogan, Mayor Rick Meehan, and members of the City Council, featured local businesses, and covered local events. In high school, he served as public address announcer, welcoming fans for soccer, football, basketball, field hockey, and lacrosse games. Logan was also the news and managing editor for The Gazette. Additionally, Logan was involved with Franklin's internationally recognized mock trial team and previously studied in a legal reasoning mentorship at Vanderbilt University. In March 2021, Logan was a finalist for Student Member of the Baltimore County Board of Education.

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