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There are some angry bicycle riders in Middle Township.

Numerous riders responded online to a story about the introduction of an ordinance banning bikes from the skatepark at the Clarence and Georgiana Davies Sports Complex along Goshen Road. Township officials have safety concerns after an Atlantic County man was injured colliding with a skateboarder at the park. Officials say the bicycle also damage the equipment.

When we posted the story at shorenewstoday.com, it touched off a storm of comments from users of the skatepark, many angry about the proposal. Some were eloquent in their opposition, others less so. One was so vitriolic and nasty we deleted it.

Nobody wants to speak against safety. But it seems as though there must be some way to accommodate bicycle riders and skateboarders in Middle Township while minimizing the risk of injury. Officials should try to find a reasonable compromise, even if it means more maintenance to the equipment. After all, it was bought to be used, right?

But to the bicycle and skaters who are fired up about the skatepark: The township’s elected officials are not going to take action because we tell them to, but they may if you do.

When the Township Committee voted Feb. 6, it was only the first step in getting a local ordinance passed. The committee also has to publish the ordinance, and hold a public hearing before a final vote can be taken.

That’s where you come in. The public hearing is set for 6 p.m. Monday, March 5, at Township Hall, 33 Mechanic St. in Cape May Court House. It’s one thing to post a comment – and don’t get us wrong, we were glad to see them. Now it’s time to stand up in public and tell the mayor and the committee members what you want to see happen. They are obliged to listen, and what’s more, they most likely want to hear what you have to say.

You just have to show up and tell them.

 


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