Too Crowded at Beach to Ride Bike in Surf City
Welcome to summer in Huntington Beach! When a neighbor came back early from his Saturday morning beach bike ride, we asked him, “What’s up?” He normally rides 20 miles between his Surf City home and Newport Beach. But on this pre-4th of July morninghe got back early and told us that there were “just too many kids” on the bike path. Two events at the beach–a sand soccer tournament and a volleyball tournament would normally be no big deal for a seasoned bike enthusiast accustomed to sharing the road with pet owners, skaters, and fellow bicyclists.
But apparently certain types of events with lots of energetic kids brings youngsters not necessarily from the beach area, and not aware of the rules for HB bike path safe crossing.
“Kids were actually playing ball on the path and it was just to dangerous to continue riding,” said the neighbor who has ridden the bike paths for over 30 years. While the multi-use paved beach path has speed limits during summer months and events, summer creates special circumstances in which exercise enthusiasts will find new challenges. Even avid joggers will find themselves slowing down, and many prefer to come early or late when beach cross traffic thins out. It’s definitely summer and for those who don’t like crowds, hunker down for 10 weeks till crowds dissipate.