“𝑩𝒖𝒕 𝒎𝒚 𝒕𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒔 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒃𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒑𝒂𝒕𝒉!”

The Sunset Beach Police Department often hears this from vehicle owners who have been issued a parking citation for violation of Ordinance 72.12 – Obstruction of Bike Path.  The Ordinance reads in part, that no person shall place or park a vehicle “which impedes or blocks the normal and reasonable movement of any bicyclist.”  While your tires may only be 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 on the pavement in the bike path, the vehicle, and its side-view mirror forces the cyclists into the roadway.

Yesterday, one of our officers was patrolling the island and stopped to take this photo.  Now, it looks like this was a staged picture, but it’s not!  This mother had to call out to her children to stop and wait for the safest moment possible to ride into the street with traffic, to pass the improperly parked vehicle.

Always remember to keep your tires completely off the pavement, so you are not obstructing the bike path. Please do your part and help ensure the safety of our cyclists.