The City’s Beachwalk is a 7 mile oceanfront shared use path that is highly utilized by pedestrians, cyclists, joggers, and skaters. Since the completion of the Beachwalk, the City has experienced challenges with accommodating pedestrians and bicyclists, particularly along busy portions of the Beachwalk.
Please place on the agenda a referral to the Public Safety and Neighborhood Quality of Life Committee to evaluate whether pedestrians and bicyclists could be separated from each other on the Beachwalk, by using the hardpacked sand located east of the dunes as a potential bike path. As part of this item, I would ask for the Administration to research and advise the Committee on the regulatory requirements for creating a low-impact bike path on the hard packed sand using sustainable materials (if any are needed). In addition, I would like for City staff to explore whether there are any other options that may be available to better mitigate the issues arising from the various shared uses on the busy Beachwalk, including widening portions of the Beachwalk wherever possible to ensure the Beachwalk is capable of handling existing and future traffic volumes.