Wrong way at Herring Cove

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Please don’t follow the advice of these pavement markings at Herring Cove beach!

These “bike in house” markings are directing people on bikes to ride directly into oncoming traffic on the wrong side of a double-yellow line. They were painted in the road just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend, one of the busiest in town.

I reached out to one of the planners at the Cape Cod National Seashore asking when they could be repainted, and the only response I received was that they would discuss this for feedback.

It’s been over a month, and no feedback has been forthcoming.

The blacked out area of pavement that you can see in the photo used to be a standard sharrow that pointed in the correct direction with the flow of traffic. A number of those sharrows are now gone, replaced by these “bike in house” markings or covered completely.

sharrow painted over
Sharrow painted over
sharrow replaced with
Sharrow replaced with “bike in house”

This section of road is the only route to and from the trailhead for the Province Lands Bike Trail, the 8-mile loop through the dunes that is used by tens of thousands of visitors every year.

I hope we don’t have to wait for a serious accident to happen before they fix these dangerous markings that tell people on bikes to ride on the wrong side of a double-yellow line directly toward oncoming traffic.

UPDATE: Cape Cod National Seashore planner Lauren McKean responded to let me know that there are plans afoot to move the entire Herring Cove parking lot to the other side of the dunes away from the ocean, and that bike lanes will be included when that project goes to construction in 2018.

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