• Roads require bike lanes for overall safety

    To the editor:

    I have been recently informed of Brunswick County commissioners’ and North Carolina Department of Transportation’s plan to resurface N.C. 179 between Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte without including a bike lane or at a minimum, widening the shoulders.

  • Bill benefits builders, not all taxpayers

    To the editor:

    Frank Iler, who represents Brunswick County in the N.C. House, sponsored a bill, which the General Assembly passed, that exempts builders and developers from paying residential property tax for three years after the property is built or until it is sold. Iler’s bill also gives commercial development a five-year exemption.

    There are two problems with Iler’s bill:

  • Rare Disease Day raises awareness

    To the editor:

    This year Feb. 29 is Rare Disease Day, the rarest day of the year.

    I have been living with a rare disease for about four years now. My rare disease is called Dercum’s Disease, which is also called Adiposis Dolorosa. It was discovered by a neurologist named Francis X. Dercum in 1892. On some lists, it is the third rarest disease in the world. It is also on the list of the top 10 most painful diseases to have.

  • Meeting cyclist, pedestrian needs breeds local success

    To the editor:

    I am writing in regard to the resurfacing of N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Sunset Beach.

    As a frequent visitor and seasonal resident to the area, I beseech you to request a bike safe passage as part of the roadwork slated. I have ridden this road hundreds of times and while the scenery is appealing, the proximate to the traffic is terrifying.

  • Bike lanes make sense for all

    To the editor:

    Establishing bike lanes is a great idea! Dodging bikes on N.C. 179 is always hairy.

    Mopeds should also be confined to bike lanes where they exist.

    Neil Nucci

    Brick Landing Plantation

  • Bike paths need to be a priority

    To the editor:

    Make bike paths a priority for Brunswick County.

    All too often there have been numerous near-fatal accidents with motorists and cyclists as there are no or limited shoulders for cyclists to ride.

    Let’s do something before someone is killed.

    Bruce Garners

    Ocean Isle Beach

  • Old OIB site seems suited for vertical mixed use

    To the editor:

    As the town of Ocean Isle Beach has argued, a private clubhouse is a poor land use for the former Ocean Isle Palms clubhouse site. Vertical mixed use would be a better speculative option. Using the property as municipal open space is redundant, as the town already has a seven-mile-by-200-foot public park that fronts the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Motorists see need for bike lane additions

    To the editor:

    While I am not a bicyclist myself, I am in complete agreement with the letter to the editor by Dan C. Dickerson in the Feb. 18 edition of the Beacon.

    As a motorist who travels quite often on N.C. 179, I find it to be quite difficult to pass a bicyclist on this roadway without having to cross the yellow line because there is not enough room on the shoulder for the bicyclist to ride without being in the car’s path.

  • Area needs to accommodate all cyclists

    To the editor:

    I have been a vacationer to Ocean Isle Beach since 1990. I am now married and we have been bringing the family down for two weeks every year since 1999.

    My wife and I are both cyclists. We have bonded with the OIB cyclists, and our son has ridden with them before. We have brought friends from home to OIB in the past. Some of them have been cyclists, too.

    Like it or not, tourism brings a ton of business to your area. A wider shoulder or even a legitimate bike lane would be a good start to encourage others to the area.

  • Bike lane issue needs attention

    To the editor:

    Dan C. Dickerson’s letter in last week’s edition addresses an issue that needs urgent attention.

    I moved into the area in 2007. I had ridden with a cycling club in Maryland, so I brought my road bike with me. Since then, I have seen the number of road cyclists grow exponentially.

    I started a Google group, “OIB Cyclists,” to post information about group rides. That group has grown from six to 208 members.